For the first time ever, Pantone selected two colors of the year for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director at Pantone Color Institute, describes the color combination as “reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”
But because these perfectly lovely pastels are subtle hues instead of bold and bright ones…they can be hard to maintain wash after wash. Especially when fighting stains!
Enter Clorox 2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster detergent, which is specially formulated to keep colors true no matter how many times you run them through the laundry. Here’s how to have success when laundering your most precious pastel garments:
Tips to Pre-Treat Your Laundry to Fight Stains
The best way to keep your clothes looking their best all year round is to care for them correctly. An easy way to do this is to pre-treat stains with Clorox 2® Stain Remover and Color Booster. Just follow these tips and add some Clorox 2® to keep your colors true and bright:
- The sooner you get to the stain, the more likely you are to be successful removing it. Don’t let stains sit if you can (and don’t run stained garments through the dryer, since the heat will set the stain!)
- When blotting stains, use a white cloth to prevent dye from transferring to the item you’re treating, and blot from the edges of the stain inwards to keep it from spreading.
- Apply Clorox 2® to the stain and rub it in gently. Wait about 3-5 minutes, then wash immediately as directed on the care label, in the warmest water recommended with your favorite detergent and some additional Clorox 2® to keep colors bright.
The Clorox 2® Stain Remover Precision Pen for Colors can provide precision stain targeting before you wash the item. Use it with Clorox 2 Stain Remover & Color Booster detergent for the ultimate stain-fighting power!
How to Remove Common Stains
Adhesive tape, chewing gum, rubber cement: Apply ice or cold water to harden surface; scrape with a dull knife. Saturate with prewash stain remover or cleaning fluid. Rinse, then launder.
BBQ Sauce: Working from the back of the stain, flush it with cold water. Next, pretreat it with a liquid laundry detergent, using an up-and-down motion with a soft brush to break up the stain. Rinse well. Then sponge with white vinegar and rinse again. Repeat, treating the stain with liquid detergent, then with white vinegar until you’ve removed as much stain as possible. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover and launder with bleach that’s safe for the fabric.
Beverages (coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine, alcoholic beverages): Sponge or soak stain in cool water. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, liquid detergent booster or paste of powder laundry product and water. Launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach.
NOTE: Older stains may respond to pretreating or soaking in a product containing enzymes, then laundering.
Blood: Fresh Stains: Soak in cold water (do not use hot water as it will set blood stains). Launder. Dried Stains: Pretreat or soak in warm water with a product containing enzymes. Launder. NOTE: If stain remains, rewash using a bleach safe for fabric.
Chocolate: When the stain strikes, gently scrape off any excess chocolate. Once you get the item home, soak it in cool water. Then pretreat with a prewash stain remover and launder in the hottest water that’s safe for the fabric. NOTE: If stain remains, rewash using a bleach safe for fabric.
Cosmetics: Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, paste of powder detergent or laundry additive and water. Or, rub with bar soap. Launder.
Crayon: For a Few Spots: Treat the same as candle wax or dampen the stain and rub with bar soap. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric. For a Whole Load of Clothes:
Wash with hot water using a laundry soap and 1 cup (212 g) baking soda. NOTE: If color remains, launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric. Otherwise, pretreat or soak in a product containing enzymes or an oxygen bleach using hottest water safe for fabric, then launder.
Deodorant: Light Stains: Pretreat with liquid laundry detergent. Launder. Heavy Stains: Pretreat with prewash stain remover. Allow to stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Launder using an oxygen bleach.
Grass: Pretreat or soak in a product containing enzymes. NOTE: If stain persists, launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach.
Grease or Oil: Light Stains: Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent or liquid detergent booster. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.
Heavy Stains: Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Apply cleaning fluid to back of stain. Replace paper towels under stain frequently. Let dry, rinse. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.
Ink: NOTE: Some inks in each of the following categories _ ballpoint, felt tip, liquid- may be impossible to remove, Laundering may set some types of ink. Try pretreating using one of the following methods: Prewash Stain Remover: Pretreat using a prewash stain remover. Launder. Denatured Alcohol or Cleaning Fluid: Sponge the area around the stain with the alcohol or cleaning fluid before applying it directly on the stain. Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Apply alcohol or cleaning fluid to back of stain. Replace paper towels frequently. Rinse thoroughly. Launder. Alternate Method for Denatured Alcohol or Cleaning Fluid: Place stain over mouth of a jar or glass; hold fabric taut. Drip the alcohol or cleaning fluid through the stain so ink will drop into the container as it is being removed. Rinse thoroughly. Launder.
Paint: Water-based Paint: Rinse fabric in warm water while stains are still wet. Launder. NOTE: Once paint is dry, it cannot be removed. Oil-based Paint and Varnish: Use the same solvent the label on the can advises for a thinner. If not available, use turpentine. Rinse. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, bar soap or laundry detergent. Rinse and launder.
Sweat: Use a prewash stain remover or rub with bar soap. NOTE: If perspiration has changed the color of the fabric, apply ammonia to fresh stains or white vinegar to old stains; rinse. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric. NOTE: Stubborn stains may respond to washing in a product containing enzymes or oxygen bleach in hottest water safe for fabric.
Wine: Sponge the stain with cool water or soak it in cool water for about 30 minutes. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover. Launder; if safe for the fabric, add chlorine bleach to the wash.
Good luck in your battle against stains and keeping your 2016 pastels perfect!
FTC Disclosure: This post was created in collaboration with Clorox and Ketchum. The above opinions are my own. I was provided with the Clorox 2 products featured above and the cardigan to demonstrate the stain-fighting power of Clorox 2. I have not been compensated for this post. My full Disclosure Policy is here.
Gold Hoop Earrings: Claire’s. Hi-Lo Sweater Knit in Gosh Garnet
: Old Navy, c/o Clorox. Quartz and Epoxy Gold Leaf Necklace: Handmade by me. Edison Cardigan
: BB Dakota. Tabbed Clutch: Lagunamoon (Japanese; old). Solitaire Ring in Rose Gold
: Shashi. Skinny Jeans in Rub a Dub Dub
: Blank Denim NYC. Quebec Zippered High Heel Booties: Sam Edelman (hard to find now, available on eBay
in a similar style).
I’m trying out Marsala, PANTONE’s 2015 Color of the Year, and I have to admit, it’s not too bad. I can get into a rich, deep burgundy when paired with overall neutrals, like my favorite soft greys and blacks. Add a bit of impact with a similar lip color, dark around the eyes, and it works. It still reads Fall/Winter to me, so time will have to tell if I can incorporate this into a more Spring-y ensemble. Like an Iron Chef Fashion Challenge. Except with…kidneys.
Even if you’re not ready to jump on the Marsala bandwagon yet, I’m sure you still have dark, rich colors in your wardrobe that you want to keep looking dark and rich all year round, wash after wash. (For me it would be my beloved charcoals, blacks, and navies that I’m most concerned about.)
Laundry photo by Ryan McGuire.
That’s why Clorox has developed Clorox® 2 Darks & Denim, formulated with 2x the color boosting power and removes 4x more stains than are removed with pre-treating. Plus it won’t cause fading of your beloved darks.
HOW TO REMOVE DEODORANT STAINS FROM DARK CLOTHING
I don’t know about you, but I’m always getting white deodorant residue on my dark tops when I put them on – which leaves me scrubbing furiously in the morning with a pair of pantyhose to try and remove the most visible. But when it comes time to wash you want to remove every last trace of deodorant lest it start to build up on your fabrics (yuck!). You can apply liquid Clorox® 2 Darks & Denim directly to the deodorant stain and rub in. Wait 3-5 minutes (don’t let it dry on the fabric), then wash immediately in the hottest water recommended on the care label with detergent and additional Clorox® 2 Darks & Denim based on your load size.
HOW TO REMOVE OTHER TOUGH STAINS FROM DARK CLOTHING
For tough stains, like wine coffee and grass, be sure to pre-treat. First, remove the garment: do not treat clothing while wearing it. Remove all loose dirt from the fabric and blot wet stains with a clean absorbent cloth. Apply liquid Clorox® 2 Darks & Denim and rub it in. Wait several minutes – don’t let it dry – then wash with like colors.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR DARK DENIMS FROM FADING
I love me some dark denim, but sometimes the faded look is not what I’m going for. Though I wash my dark jeans much less than my light, faded jeans, when it comes time to wash I will bundle them all together to save water, and use Clorox® 2 Darks & Denim for the load. Plus I don’t dry my dark jeans in the dryer; they are all air-dried, and come out of the wash looking just the same as when they went it (especially important for brand-new jeans where the dye runs!)
Hope that gives you some pointers on how to keep your dark colors – including the controversial Marsala – just as deep as the day you got them! Do you guys have any tips for keeping your darkest darks perfect?
Do share in the comments!
FTC Disclosure: I was sent an Old Navy top from Clorox to incorporate into a post. I have not been compensated in any other way. The above opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means I make a small commission if you click and buy something through one of the links above. My full Disclosure Policy is here.
Bright, saturated colors and pretty pastels are dominating Spring trends for 2014. But after a few wears and washes, color fades, stains proliferate, and suddenly your beautiful pieces no longer have the same original luster. (There’s nothing less chic than old, faded, dingy-looking outfits.) How do you keep your clothing in the same chic condition as when it was new?
It’s actually quite easy to keep your favorite items bright and beautiful with an ounce of prevention. Clorox 2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster Packs use the power of hydrogen peroxide-not bleach-to keep colors looking vibrant with every wash. To keep your colored clothing looking bright long past its first wear:
- Add 1 pack of Clorox 2 Stain Fighter & Color Booster per load of laundry. (For large or extra-dirty loads use 2 packs.)
- Then add your favorite detergent and launder as usual!
- Before sticking your clothes in the dryer, make sure there are no remaining stains (since heat-drying can make stains permanent). If there are any stains…
The Clorox2® Pre-treat Stain Remover Pen helps to pre-treat and eradicate stains in an easy pen-like applicator. Here’s how:
- For tough stains, like wine coffee and grass, be sure to pre-treat. First, remove the garment: do not treat clothing while wearing it.
- Remove all loose dirt from the fabric and blot wet stains with a clean absorbent cloth.
- Squeeze the pen and apply liberally onto stain. Rub it in with the pen tip to cover the stain completely and replace cap when done.
- Wait 10 minutes, and then wash immediately with an all- or mostly all-colors load.
Whether you’re at home or on the go, the Clorox® myStain™ App for iPhone, iPad, and Android can give you tips and tricks to remove tough stains if you find yourself in a bind. (It’s always deodorant stains or chocolate stains that confound me!) I also want to make sure that every penny I sink into a clothing purchase, or time spent in a DIY, is worth it in the long run and that I can get a ton of use out of every piece in my wardrobe. How to keep items in your closet and in regular rotation as long as possible? Prevent color fading, and attack stains as soon as they occur!
Do you have any strategies for keeping your clothes clean and stain-free?
App image source
FTC Disclosure: I received a cardigan, a Clorox Stain Remover Pen, and Clorox 2 Stain Fighter & Color Booster Pack for review purposes from Clorox. I have received no monetary compensation for this post. The above opinions are my own. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.
I don’t really get the whole “No white after Labor Day” saying…the practice (if there ever was one) was probably way before my time and amongst a social set I was not exactly a part of. In any case, white and Labor Day are somehow inextricably combined in my mind, so what better day to look into dyeing…er, bleaching your fashion blindingly, brilliantly white?
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