Separating your laundry pile into different colours and materials isn’t just done for visual satisfaction, it serves a real purpose for protecting the brightness and longevity of your clothing items.
You may be wondering - “what’s the worst that could happen if I just throw them all in together?” If so, keep reading! We’re here to bring you all the laundry sorting facts you need to know.
Why should I separate laundry?
Ultimately, separating laundry allows your clothes, bed-linen and other household items to remain in-tact and looking as bright and wonderful as can be after every use. Other benefits include:
How to separate colours.
There is no doubt that we all want to keep our whites looking white and brights looking bright! But which are the most important colour categories to separate before washing?
We recommend at a basic level to sort colours by: whites, darks and bright colours.
White fabrics, if grouped together, can be treated with bleaches or other whitening agents to keep the colour looking fresh and new. However, these agents can cause irreversible fading or colour spotting damage to garments in other colours – so separation is key!
Keeping white items on their own cycle also reduces the chance of other shades causing them to take on a dull, grey appearance.
When washing dark/black items, it is best to wash on a short, cold cycle to reduce fading. It also recommended to use detergents that don’t have any boosters or bleaches that may lighten their colour over time.
For bright colours, especially new ones, washing on their own for the first few wears is the best way to ensure that dyes don’t run and alter the colour of your other clothes. It is also best to wash coloured items in cold temperatures to retain their original shade for longer.
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