A mum-of-two from Melbourne has shared her ‘game-changing’ hack to stop bright colours from fading in the wash, and you only need to do five things.
Chantel Mila posted on TikTok, where she said you can easily keep ‘those brights bright’ by turning the items inside out and adding a simple solution to the washing machine.
You then merely need to run the items around a cold wash to ensure the machine doesn’t strip any colour.
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A mum-of-two from Melbourne has shared her ‘game-changing’ hack to stop bright colours from fading in the wash, and you only need to do five things (her bed linen pictured)
Chantel Mila posted on TikTok, where she said you can keep ‘those brights bright’ by turning the items inside out and adding a simple solution to the washing machine (process pictured)
‘How to prevent bright colours from fading in the wash,’ Chantel captioned her video.
‘Turn the items inside out, add one quarter of a cup of table salt to the drum, add liquid detergent and swap your fabric softener for half a cup of white vinegar.’
You then just need to wash your colours on a regular cold cycle.
The reason why the table salt works is because it helps to ‘set the colour into the fabric and prevents any fading’.
Meanwhile, Chantel said the white vinegar is great for ‘softening and brightening’ your items, whether they be clothes or bed linen and cushion covers.
The reason why the table salt works is because it helps to ‘set the colour into the fabric and prevents any fading’, while vinegar helps to soften and brighten your wash (process pictured)
More than 25,000 people who saw Chantel’s video said they never knew that table salt could work such wonders at helping your bright items.
‘Wow, I’m trying this next wash load,’ one woman wrote.
‘I need this,’ another added. ‘The life cycle of my coloured clothes is not good.’
Others asked whether the trick would work on denim items, to which Chantel said it definitely does.
One person asked the mum why she thought to try salt in the first place:
‘Salt is used by manufacturers to lock in colour in their dyes,’ Chantel replied.
‘My grandma used to soak clothes in salt to protect the colour many years ago too.’
In the past, Chantel (pictured) shared the simple tricks she uses to keep her whites immaculate and her colours bright in the wash
This isn’t the first time Chantel has shared a laundry tip.
In the past, she shared the simple tricks she uses to keep her whites immaculate and colours bright in the wash.
Chantel said she starts by fastening buttons and zips, then turns clothes inside out to prevent stretching and fraying around the hems.
Instead of pouring fabric softener over her laundry, Chantel said she douses it with half a cup of white vinegar which stops detergent accumulating on clothing and leaves the fabric soft and smelling fresh.
‘[White vinegar] is particularly great for musty gym clothes, towels and bed linens,’ she said.
For soiled clothing, Chantel said she applies a few drops of eucalyptus oil and baking soda as a chemical-free ‘pre-wash stain remover’.
She also adds half a cup of bicarbonate of soda to white washes to preserve whiteness and reduce yellowing and other discolouration.
Chantel’s final tip involves the washing machine itself, which she says must be kept pristinely clean if you want to keep clothes in good condition.
In December, she told fans that cleaning the inside of the washing machine once a month dramatically reduces the risk of clothes being marked in the wash.
For soiled clothing, Chantel said she applies a few drops of eucalyptus oil and baking soda as a chemical-free ‘pre-wash stain remover’; she also recommends cleaning your machine
Chanel shared a video on TikTok guiding viewers through her five-step solution for eliminating ‘scrud’, a build-up of detergent and powder that accumulates in the drums of washing machines and leaves stains on fabric.
She begins by wiping the seal around the drum with a dash of white vinegar and five drops of tea tree oil to kill mould.
Pump filters should be cleaned regularly to remove hair, coins and tissues that become trapped during wash cycles.
Once this is done, Chantel pours a cleaning agent like Pine O’Cleen into the drum and runs an empty 40 degree cycle before leaving the door open and allowing it to air dry.
The result is a mould-free, sparkling clean washing machine that keeps laundry fresher and immaculately clean.