Sorting clothes before washing is so important to lengthen your clothes’ lifespan. But many youngsters or busy bees forget or ignore the sorting step. Meanwhile, many people who find sorting clothes too tricky and confusing. Their common question is: “What are colors you can wash together?”.
Today, you may then sort and wash your clothes like a breeze, saving tons of time dealing with the daily laundry with our handy tips.
We will provide you tips in separating clothes before washing based on their colors. We also guide you to wash some particular types of garments. Let’s start learning!
Table of Contents
- Why Separate Colors Before Washing?
- Sorting Your Clothes By Color
- Are There Any Extra Options?
- Is There Any Other Sorting To Consider?
- Final Words
Why Separate Colors Before Washing?
Separating clothes is highly recommended for preserving the color and keeping your clothing last longer.
Clothes come in different shades of colors. Dark clothes can transfer their color to lighter clothes during washing, while light items of clothing can turn into off-shade colors and be ruined. Also, colors in new clothes often leak more than those in old clothes.
In fact, not only white clothes experience color transferring, the situation can happen in light-yellow, light-blue, or even light-pink garments.
Therefore, let’s start learning to separate colors for clothes washing!
Sorting Your Clothes By Color
Next time when you wash your clothes, spend a little more time categorizing your clothes based on its colors in at least three separately piles:
- White clothes
- Light-colored clothes
- Dark-colored clothes
White clothes are most likely to get the colors transferring from other items. It would help if you separated white garments from others, even the light-colored ones (like pastel colors). If you wash a light-green shirt with white pants, then these pants are likely to turn green during the washing.
Whites with color on them should also be included in the white piles to prevent them from bleeding to all-white clothes.
For the stains to be removed from white clothes, it’s better to wash them in hot water. And remember to use an adequate amount of laundry detergent. Excessive or insufficient detergent can slightly turn the white color into gray.
Clothes having bright and pastel shades of colors (as below) belong to the light-colored category:
Let’s put similar color shades in groups. One group contains pastels. One group includes reds, oranges, and yellows to separate them from green or blue fabrics.
New clothes should be separated to wash the first few times to avoid color transferring on other garments. It would be best to secure all the zippers, buttons, hooks, and turn all items inside out with dark clothes.
These light-colored clothes should be washed with the shortest cycle, depending on the level of soiling. It would be better to let your clothes be washed under warm water to remove all the garments’ dirt.
If your water is cold, all the dirt can not be removed from your clothes. Otherwise, if the water is too hot, the color may turn out to be lighter.
Clothes having some colors below are put into the dark-colored segment:
- Navy Blue
Remember to wash dark-colored clothes with the coolest water as possible, even in the rinse cycle. Darks always get their colors fading more quickly in warm water than in cold water.
Avoid direct sunlight when drying dark-colored clothes. Otherwise, you may fade their color. Instead, you should use an indoor drying rack or an automatic tumble dryer, and place the clothes in a shady area.
Use the least amount of detergent as necessary for dark-colored clothes. For a regular size load, you only need one or two teaspoons per washing. Too much detergent may cause the colors to dye and your clothes may become dull because of the residue left in fabrics.
Are There Any Extra Options?
It’s highly recommended to include all the black clothing in one laundry. Remember to adjust the washing machine’s soil setting to the light-soil mode to minimize fading in fabrics.
Moreover, wash the clothes in the shortest cycle possible to avoid fading, and avoid using detergents having bleach components.
Before washing denim, it’s a must to turn it inside out to minimize the abrasion that causes fading and the wear along the hems, pockets, and waistband edges. It would help if you kept the denim in shape by fastening buttons and zippers.
If you have ripped jeans, you should hold the openings or edges together. You can use Sock Cops, a sock clipping to keep pairing socks during the wash. You may not know, but these small but clever clips can prevent denim from fraying!
Wash your denim with the detergent featured in color saving and chlorine deactivation to prevent color fading. Last but not least, jeans require cold water and a short, delicate washing cycle.
So far, washing delicates and fragile fabrics by hand can preserve its forms and colors. Hand-washing allows you to control the whole process and the water temperature. We recommend you not to wash different fibers of delicate garment. So, ensure that similar material of delicates is collected in one pile.
Or if you want to use the washing machine to wash delicates, only fill the machine halfway. Too much water will cause the fibers to become tangled easily.
Choose a delicate detergent. Wash your delicates in a lukewarm or cool temperature, with a cycle spinning slowly. You should know that fabrics can get damaged if spinning speed is vigorous; and the materials also become shrunk at high temperatures.
It’s better to rinse your delicates in cold water. You may reckon how it can clean the dirt on clothes by cold water. But providing that you use a quality detergent, you don’t have to worry much about it.
Finally, dry the delicates naturally away from direct sunlight to prevent it from bleaching.
Is There Any Other Sorting To Consider?
Sorting By Fabric
Sort your clothes by fabrics so that you can wash them at different temperatures. Separate a pile of sturdy materials that contain human-made fibers. Then a pile will have delicate fabrics like silk, lingerie, and activewear.
For sturdy fabrics, wash them in warm water. Delicate fabrics, on the other hand, are better washed in cold water.
Sorting types of fabrics help you determine the suitable laundry setting for your clothes and allows them to be washed at the maximum temperature they can handle.
Sturdy fabrics should be washed by Quick Wash or Heavy Duty mode if they’re heavily soiled, and delicate fabrics are suitable for Delicates or Hand Wash mode.
If you are unaware of which type your fabrics belong to, have a look at its label. The labels provide you instructions on water temperature, washing cycle, or the possibility of using bleach for washing.
Sorting By Size and Weight
Sort your clothes by weight and size before washing. As you don’t know, heavy clothes may damage light clothes when being put in the same place and achieve a poor washing finish.
For example, if you put together delicates and heavy garments under the delicate settings, the heavy fabrics can damage the delicates. Also, the heavy fabrics will not be washed clean.
Softing By Wash Type
Please pay attention to the clothes’ label to know their conditions of washing. You should wash by hand only if the label says “Hand-washing only”, or mustn’t wash your clothes when it says “dry clean only”.
Clothes aren’t the same. They come in various colors and are made of different types of fabrics. Each fabric requires different conditions during washing to avoid being ruined. Therefore, it’s essential to sort out clothes before putting them into the washing machine.
Follow our tips to sort your clothes before washing to keep it long-lasting and brand-new. We hope our tips today about colors you can wash together are helpful for you. Enjoy washing and see you again in the next article!