We know how frustrating it is when you pull your whites out of the machine only to find a stray red sock had sneaked in with them and turned everything pink. Follow our simple tips to sort out your clothes and say goodbye to laundry accidents forever.
- How accidents happen
- Sorting laundry loads
- Choosing the right laundry basket
How accidents happen
Here’s how the most common accidents happen:
- Reactive dyes – these dyes aren’t always stable when they come into contact with detergents that contain bleach, so may leak out onto other items in the wash. Detergents containing oxygen bleach also cause colors to fade.
- Bleed from direct dyes – sometimes dyes can bleed out of one particular garment into the wash – even in cold/lukewarm water.
Sorting laundry loads
It may be easy to throw a load of mixed laundry into the machine, but if you don’t want everything to turn an odd shade of pink or grey, follow our simple tips.
Separate clothes for washing into groups: whites, light colors, colors and delicates (wools, silks etc.). If you only have a small amount of one group don’t be tempted to put it in with another – save it for a full load.
For dazzling whites - use a detergent containing bleach, such as Ariel Sunrise Fresh.
For colors - use a detergent without bleach, such as Ariel Color & Style.
Quick tip: Turning your clothes inside out will protect them during the wash. It stops jeans turning white at the seams.
Choosing the right laundry basket
Use a partitioned laundry basket – it’ll save you time sorting it all out later. In case someone places something in the wrong section, check labels for the manufacturer’s washing recommendations.
If in doubt, test an item for colorfastness by applying warm water to an inconspicuous part (for instance, the inside of a hem), then press with a warm iron between two pieces of cloth. If any color leaks, it’s not colorfast.