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Faded clothes; Chicken cross the road
I need to get some new clothes. For whatever reason, the first time I washed all my clothes after moving here they all faded several shades. I think it's something in the water, but I suspect there may be a better detergent I could use to keep that from happening. I'll need to look into that before I get new clothes so it doesn't happen again.

A little incident that happened on my way home for lunch:
Why did the chicken cross the road?
Who cares, it was amusing just to see him do it!
(Yes, a chicken really did run across the road in front of my car)

Current Music: "So Clever" by Lucia

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irish_n_sac From: irish_n_sac Date: May 8th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cheer with color guard works well even on black shirts...

.. a chicken.. that would be funny...
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 9th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
It was a cute little rooster too, white / yellow with brown / red neck feathers. It was going nuts flapping its wings as it ran across the street. :-P

I'll have to try that Cheer with color guard the next time I go to the store.
irish_n_sac From: irish_n_sac Date: May 17th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
ok that's just way to funny of a picture...lol almost looney toon ish...
starwind_ From: starwind_ Date: May 9th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I am assuming by your dismay that you do indeed know how to wash clothes properly (temperature etc.) so I must ask, what sort of detergent do you use? I have also found that powder tends to screw up my clothes more than liquid fyi.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 9th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I was washing them in warm water, and even separating lights from darks. I've been washing them under worse conditions (no separation and warm water) at my brother's house without a problem. I highly suspect it's the water here, as clean dishes from the dishwasher come out with a milky white coating on them (I've gotten some JetDry stuff that seems to be helping with that, although not completely). The detergent my brother has is a powder block, and after those ran out we were using some powder detergent my sister had bought. I don't know the name of either, though.

The stuff I'm using now is "Surf with 'all' stainlifters" powder. It doesn't specifically say anything about colors, even though the "use this temperature water" guide mentions for colors.


starwind_ From: starwind_ Date: May 9th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you have hard water. Jet dry is good for that with the dishes... Ive never had the issue with clothes but here's some info:

"A combination of hard water minerals and powder detergents may also be causing your colored fabrics to fade. These two elements together can create a residue that dulls the colors of your clothes. If your water system uses hard water, mix one gallon of water and one cup of white vinegar in a plastic container. Then soak and rinse your dingy clothes in the mixture. Switch to a liquid laundry detergent or use a water softener to prevent the problem in the future.

FabricLink.com offers a few more tips to keep brightly colored clothes from fading in the wash. Turn your clothes inside out and wash them in smaller loads -- much like washing in the gentle cycle, these steps can reduce the abrasion that fabrics experience in the washer. The heat of the dryer can age and fade clothes, so remove your laundry from the dryer while it's still slightly damp. Because sunlight can damage fabrics over time and cause fading, it's a good idea to protect clothes from the sun if you want to keep them bright. "
raist_ From: raist_ Date: May 9th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can also dry using cold water for colors instead of warm (this is especially for brighter colors that you want to keep vibrant). Other then that, it sounds like you could use a water softener.

Have you felt a difference showering? Hard water can pick up almost a hard gritty feeling if you rub your fingers together.

Then again, being where you are, it wouldn't surprise me if there's a lot of alkaline/etc. in the groundwater.
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