mixing colored clothes

When is it Okay to Mix Colored clothes?

In this post, we are going to answer the question of whether we can
mix colored clothes in laundry? 
You have a mountain of clothing you need to wash in your washing machine. About 30% are whites, and 70% are colored clothes. You need to save time and clean all the clothes together.

Shortcuts are wonderful. They save time and work and let us get ahead of the game easily. We are always looking for shortcuts. However, not all shortcuts are good, even when doing laundry.
While it may seem OK to mix the different fabrics with different colored clothes to wash your laundry, doing so is not a good idea.

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Dark and light-colored clothes should be washed separately in cold water. Washing clothes in cold water will mostly prevent color bleeding between clothes.
So why not just combine the whites with the lights then? While it may not avoid bleeding color, hot or warm water washes away dirt better than cold water, so your whites stay, well and white.

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Tips and Tricks on how colored clothes mixing up:

 If you have no choice but to wash all white and colored clothes together, read this part of the article.

  • You can attempt to clean your whites and colored outfits in your washer in COLD water at the same time if the colored clothes are old and the dye that colors them is faded.

    Colored clothing should be washed many times before washing with white clothes.

  • Set your washer to the shortest wash cycle and the coldest water setting possible.
  • Do not use excess detergent.
  • Be sure no colored clothing is brand new when washing with white clothes. The excess color must be washed out of new clothes. This process usually takes from 3 to 4 washes.

So then what about drying?

They’re just drying and not drowning in water, so that should be OK, right? Well, it’s not recommended to dry darks, whites, and lights together either. Because the clothes are still wet, color bleeding can still occur, and there are some clothes, such as sweaters that could be damaged by coming into contact with items with zippers during the tumbling process.

Here are important notes concerning washing clothes that are colored and whites together:

  • Never wash brand new bold colored clothes with light-colored clothes.  Washing in cold water can help, but it isn’t a perfect solution.
    For example, washing brand new black underwear with a white T-shirt will come away with a gray T-shirt. If you put a brand new red bra with a white t-shirt, the t-shirt will turn pink.
  • Most clothes when they are brand new will “bleed” color no matter what way you use. Make sure to wash those items separately or with other clothes of a similar tone.
  • The outcome of the wash can depend on whether you have soft or hard water. If you have hard water, colors should be separated.
    Soft water does a better job, not colors bleed as much, but be cautious with the white clothes.
  • If you have a new piece of dark clothing that looks like it may bleed color, do 3 or 4 individual separate dark color loads to make sure that all the dye flows away from that particular clothing item.
    It may only take no more than 1 or 2 washes to solve the problem. Then, you can go back to the no sort rule and usually won’t have any color bleeding problems.

Separating clothes by fabric types:

Apart from separating colors in the laundry, clothes should be separated by fabric types too.

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* Mixing denser fabrics with lighter or more delicate ones, like jeans in with a light T-shirt, can wear out the lighter or more delicate clothing quicker and easier from the constant friction and rubbing together with the harder and denser fabrics. This idea is why jeans should be washed separately.

* Consider sorting out synthetics and natural fibers if you want to run another separate washing cycle. This can further prevent lint transfer

* Separating out lighter and heavier weight clothing items. The heavier fabric can damage lighter one during washing.

Ultimately, the best course of action is to follow the manufacturer’s label and do what works best for you and your laundry.

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