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How Do Fabric Brighteners Work?

Fabric brighteners can liven up your old, faded clothing. But they don’t actually clean your clothes, and they’re often banned in the military!

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Why Do Dyes Fade? A Look at Low Lightfast Dyes


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Purpose of Bluing


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