Washing Black Clothes

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated June 12, 2017)

When I first started out on my own, I had all kinds of problems when it came to doing the laundry. It seemed like nothing I did was ever right and that I was always ruining my clothes. In fact, nothing caused me more angst than washing black clothes. Every time I pulled my favorite shirt (which was black) out, it seemed like it had either faded or gotten all kinds of white spots. I didn't know what to do.

Luckily, over the years I learned a few tricks to help save not only my sanity, but my favorite clothes. Try these out the next time you need to wash any black clothes. It can get pretty expensive to replace the same shirt every few months.

  • Detergent. Many times there is one culprit and one culprit only when it comes to white spots on black clothing is the detergent you are using. If you use too much detergent or even the wrong kind, you will end up with white spots or streaks all over your clothing. When washing black clothing it is very important to use only the proper amount. This guideline applies whether you are using regular laundry detergent or the detergents specially formulated for darker clothes.
  • Cold water. Unlike other colors, when you wash your black clothes you should always use cold water. This is because cold water will not make the color run as much, if at all, like warmer water will. If the colors bleed or run, even if there is nothing for it to stain, then the black clothing will fade.
  • Inside out. One of the best ways to protect your black clothing while washing is to turn it inside out. This step will also help reduce fading due to friction. However, before you use this method you will want to make sure that you pre-treat any stains with a color-safe detergent to help ensure that the stains are completely removed.
  • Dye. There may come a time when, no matter how careful you are, you are unable to prevent white spots, streaks, or fading. The best way to handle these situations is to actually dye the garment black again. It may seem like cheating, but who cares if you can get it looking like new again?

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


Choosing the Right Size for Your Greenhouse

Have you ever noticed how difficult choosing the right size for your greenhouse can be? Use these guidelines to help you ...

Discover More

Cleaning Mildew from an Icemaker

Perhaps one of the most difficult cleaning problems a person can face in the kitchen is having a mildew infested ...

Discover More

Resources for Fighting Scams

It can be a humiliating, and even scary, experience to find yourself the victim of a scam. Unfortunately, since everyone ...

Discover More

Keep Your Hardwood Floors Like New Bona's hardwood floor cleaner is the #1 choice of professionals. The no-residue formula is specially designed to be safe for floors, families, and the environment. Check out Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Refill today!

More Cleaning Tips

Folding and Storing Bed Sheets

Folding and storing bed sheets may sound like a rather simple project, but it can be surprisingly tricky. Considering how ...

Discover More

Do Sewing Repairs When You Wash Your Clothes

It's inevitable that you get rips and tears in your clothes—there's just no way to avoid it. One way to lessen the ...

Discover More

Removing Color Bleed Stains

How many times has this happened to you? You go about doing your laundry as you would any other day. You look through the ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is four less than 8?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)

Newest Tips

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.