Denim articles of clothing such as blue jeans, are conventionally treated with a permanganate. The permanganate is thereafter neutralized with a liquid composition PERRA. The composition neutralized the permanganate, prevents the yellowing of the article and reduces the biological oxygen demand in plant effluent.

As is known to those skilled in the art to which the present invention pertains, the processing of the denim article to achieve the “faded” look involves, treating the denim article with potassium permanganate.

The permanganate is introduced into the fabric either directly or through the use of permanganate-treated rocks or stones, which are, then, tumbled together to provide the “washed-out” or “stone-washed” or “faded” effect.