Avoid the dryer when dye­ing jeans

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - REENA NERBAS

QMy prob­lem was one that you men­tioned in the pa­per about dye­ing jeans. I tried on three oc­ca­sions to dye faded jeans us­ing RIT dye, (Royal Blue) and I got the colour I wanted. Then I tried set­ting the dye with cold wa­ter and salt. Ev­ery time I put the jeans in the wash af­ter that (nor­mally just one wear­ing) they all faded out to the orig­i­nal colour once again. Do you have any sug­ges­tions for set­ting the dye that will work in the long run? I haven’t talked to any­one in the cloth­ing busi­ness that has a suc­cess­ful sug­ges­tion. Thanks, An­gus (Win­nipeg) AN­SWER: The man­u­fac­tur­ing process has a lot to do with the colour­fast­ness of each par­tic­u­lar line of denim. The salt and wa­ter com­bi­na­tion is typ­i­cally great for re­duc­ing colour loss in fab­rics but be sure to hang denim to dry and avoid the dryer. Turn them in­side out and use cold wa­ter in the wash. Here is an­other tip that some­one shared as a great op­tion to hold the colour of denim dye: pur­chase Dryel and use it ac­cord­ing to the di­rec­tions. QUES­TION: I found a very in­ter­est­ing an­tique watch that has a stamped calf­skin watch­band. How­ever, on the band, near where the watch touches the band, there’s a blue-green sort of stain. I al­most think it’s the re­ac­tion of sweat and the metal. Does that sound like some­thing that can be cleaned? I don’t want to buy the watch if the band can’t be cleaned. Thanks. Thom (Win­nipeg) AN­SWER: This may be due to the chem­i­cal used in the tan­ning process, metal touch­ing the calf­skin, or a re­ac­tion to the acid in the wearer’s skin, much the same as when a fin­ger turns green while wear­ing a metal ring. The green stain is dif­fi­cult to re­move with­out dam­ag­ing the calf­skin. In or­der to pre­vent fur­ther dis­coloura­tion, you can stick ad­he­sive back­ing onto the wrist­band to avoid di­rect skin con­tact. QUES­TION: You would not be­lieve how much toi­let pa­per my hus­band goes through ev­ery day! What a waste (par­don the pun). Which toi­let pa­per is the best to pur­chase to save money? Salena (Bran­don, Man.) AN­SWER: Buy toi­let pa­per in bulk and you will save a bun­dle. For ex­am­ple, if you pur­chase a bun­dle of 24 rolls ver­sus packages of four, you can save up to 60 per cent off the cost. Check for su­per­mar­ket coupons and sales, which are of­ten at the be­gin­ning and mid­way through the month (a great time to stock up). Pur­chas­ing generic brands in­stead of name brands can bring you a sav­ings of an­other 20 per cent. If you are con­cerned about the en­vi­ron­ment, look for packages la­belled 100 per cent re­cy­cled. QUES­TION: I packed a wet bathing suit com­ing home from a va­ca­tion a cou­ple of win­ters ago, and even though I un­packed it and washed it right away, it has a mildew smell. I re­washed it, hung it up to dry, tried spe­cial bathing suit soap and washed it in vine­gar with no luck. Couldn’t part with it, so I put it in a cup­board with my two other bathing suits. When I pulled them out re­cently, all three had a mildew smell. I re­washed them, hung them out­side, let them sit in wa­ter with vine­gar, and re­washed them with vine­gar and bathing suit soap — to no avail. I’ve worn two of them in a chlo­rine pool sev­eral times this win­ter, and still the mildew odour re­mains. I al­ways wash and hang dry right af­ter use. Any chance at all I can re­move the smell? What is the best thing to do? Thanks for your ideas! Louise (St. Eu­stache, Man.) AN­SWER: This is an­other ex­am­ple of odour that may be caused by dyes and chem­i­cals in the man­u­fac­tur­ing of the gar­ment. Be­fore wash­ing your bathing suits in the wash­ing ma­chine, soak them in hot wa­ter and bo­rax. Bo­rax con­tains no phos­phates and no bleach but is won­der­ful at zap­ping hard-to-han­dle odours. If you can­not find bo­rax, use a gen­er­ous amount of Oxy Clean or bak­ing soda in­stead.

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