Woolite Dark For Dark Denim?

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  1. allcapitan

    allcapitan Senior member

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    I've read some previous posts which state that Woolite Dark is effective for keeping black items black. This sounds great for my t's and shirts. Can I use Woolite Dark to retain the indigo in denim? A single wash, and especially a second, has turned some very dark denim into streaky medium blue denim. I'd like to retain as much indigo as possible while also washing my jeans at least once or twice a year. Is Woolite Dark a good choice for such purposes?

    Also, is Woolite Dark effective for eliminating odors from clothing? Thanks in advance.

    Allcap
     


  2. tiecollector

    tiecollector Senior member

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    I like Woolite, but I've never really tried the Dark on nice denim. Works fine on my dress shirts though. Just be sure to hang dry, the dryer is what causes teh most fading.
     


  3. GoodHustle

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    I think Woolite Dark is a decent substitute for vegetable based detergents like Dr. Bronners. I've soaked a pair of jeans with a little bit of woolite dark and it definitely helped eliminate the odors, and the jeans lost very little indigo.

    Edit: I forgot to mention that not agitating jeans while washing or soaking helps to prevent indigo loss.
     


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    I just did my first hard wash on a pair of Eternals with Cheer Dark (seemingly the same as Woolite, don't know why my mom bought Cheer this time).

    Anyhow, they stayed VERY dark. IDK if this is Eternals MO, but when I did my RRDG they lightened up alot with regular Tide. I would love to use a Bronners or any other castille (I believe is the word) soap, but can not find any here.
     


  5. ang_kangkong

    ang_kangkong Senior member

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    I remember reading ringring saying any detergent w/out brighteners are fine. I also saw a guy wash his LVC with one of the dark detergents and he's happy with the results.

    BiG also sells 2step detergent just for cold-washing jeans the second step is an anti-bacterial soak or something. I think DDML has used it.
     


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    knucks Senior member

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    I used it on my Crate..didn't hurt.
     


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    oranger New Member

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    The instructions that come with APCs specifically suggest Woolite Black.
     


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  9. denimdestroyedmylife

    denimdestroyedmylife Big Winner

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    BiG also sells 2step detergent just for cold-washing jeans the second step is an anti-bacterial soak or something. I think DDML has used it.
    yessir, i use the two-step for my canes only. it is kinda nice, actually-----the second packet is a disinfectant, you can wash your jeans cold and still be assured that the nasties get got. for all my other jeans i use bronners. i would not hesitate to use cheer/woolite dark, though.
     


  10. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    Right. What's important is that the detergent doesn't have whiteners in it, because those will remove the natural color-cast that the fabric has. It will prevent a pair of jeans from taking on green, yellow or brown tones overtime.

    However, iirc, the whiteners do not effect denim permanently, so a subsequent wash with Bronner's or a non-whitening detergent should remove a fair bit of them.
     


  11. Dexstar

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    where can i get bronners in LA?
     


  12. tundrafour

    tundrafour Senior member

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    where can i get bronners in LA?
    I'm not in LA, but pretty much any grocery store that places any emphasis on natural or organic products will likely carry it. I know Trader Joe's does, and their web site shows that they have several locations in LA. It's really easy to find-- just look for the label covered in borderline paranoid schizophrenic writings about God!
     


  13. cheapmutha

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    just look for the label covered in borderline paranoid schizophrenic writings about God!
    borderline?

    and the writing is harder to read than a vaclav post on acid.
     


  14. Dexstar

    Dexstar Well-Known Member

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    cool
    thanks tundrafour

    i was gonna stop by trader joes to check, but.... im lazy

    but now that they have it for sure ill go today

    washing my skulls tonight
     


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    Should I use woolite dark for all of my dark clothes?
     


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