Tips for Washing Different Colour Clothes
Now that you know how to wash different fabrics, it’s time to learn how to wash your white, light-, and dark-coloured clothing properly and keep your clothes looking their best for longer!
Sort Your Clothes by Colour
Usually, if we wash an item with a dark colour and an item with a light colour, some of the darker tones will “transfer” onto the light item. But the item doesn’t even need to be white to suffer from colour transference. The same thing can happen with light-coloured clothes.
This is why it’s important to sort your clothes ideally into 3 colour piles:
Dark coloured clothing
Whites Should Always Go Separately
White laundry is the most likely to receive colour from all other items, so make sure to always wash plain white clothes and white clothes with light-coloured patterns in a separate batch. When it comes to keeping your clothes white and bright, nothing beats Tide Plus Bleach Alternative Liquid Laundry Detergent. Read our article on how to wash whites for more information on the subject.
What Are Light-Coloured Clothes?
Your light-coloured clothes are perfectly safe to be washed together with your whites. That means light-blue, light-brown, pink, light-green, lavender, yellow, beige, cream, orange, fuchsia and other pastel shades can go into the same pile as your whites, light greys, and garments with white background prints.
Use …detergent to wash light-coloured clothes. Learn more about washing colours here.
What Falls Under Dark-Coloured Clothing?
The dye in darker clothes can easily seep into lighter clothes during the laundry process, that’s why it’s best to wash dark-coloured garments (black, grey, dark brown, dark-green, olive, purple, indigo, navy blue, dark-red, crimson, and so on) in a separate batch. To keep your darks bold and your colours bright, use Studio by Tide Darks & Colours Liquid Laundry Detergent.
Can You Wash Different Colours Together?
Although it might save you some time and energy, taking a shortcut such as washing different shades of colours together is not a good idea when doing laundry, since the colour bleeding can ruin your clothes easily.
If you do have to wash different colours together (e.g. whites with lights), always use cold water, since it can mostly prevent transference.
But keep in mind that clothes should also be separated by fabric types, and mixing denser fabrics with lighter ones can wear out the lighter clothing quicker and easier from the constant friction and rubbing together with the harder and denser fabric.