Use Salt to Keep Fabric Colors from Fading

It's Fall and we have a ton of fresh, bright colors coming into our homes. It's all the rage to have bold hues in your home or on your body, but do you know how to best take care of the fabric to keep it looking its brightest? It doesn't matter if it's a new scarf, pillowcase, drapery panel or throw rug, here's how to keep that color in tip top shape!

Repeated washing of many fabrics has a tendency to knock out some of its punch when it comes to color or the intensity of the design or pattern. Likewise, sun can also do the same thing.

To help protect your fabrics, try tossing your linens and clothes into the wash with a tablespoon of salt. The chloride will help seal the color in and keep it looking fresher longer. It works for rugs, it works for scarves, it works for anything that's machine washable. As Martha would say, "It's a good thing."

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