Choose the right setting: Washing machines have settings for water temperature.
Use hot water for light-colored items that are especially dirty or smelly.
Use cold water for dark clothes (especially new ones) whose colors are more likely to run.
Cotton items also require cold water to avoid shrinkage.
What colors can you wash with white?
Once the handwash and dry clean only clothes are separated, sort the remaining washable laundry by color. Whites, pastels, light gray, and white background prints will go in one pile. Dark colored clothes–black, red, navy, brown, dark gray–go in another pile.
What colors can be washed together?
In the case of a larger load made up of color groups, then these can be tackled in separate laundry loads, where bright clothes, such as purples, reds, oranges and bright yellows can be washed together and bright blues and greens can also be washed together in a different batch.
Is it OK to mix colors in the washer?
While it may seem OK to mix the different types of fabrics and different colored clothes to wash your laundry, doing so is actually not a good idea. Dark and light colored clothes should be washed separately in cold water. Well, it’s not recommended to dry darks, whites and lights together either.
Can you wash darks with lights?
Though many people swear by sorting laundry before washing it, you can wash your darks and lights together with little risk of your lights changing colors. Keep in mind, however, that over time, colors will begin to fade if you always wash darks and lights together.
Can you wash GREY and white together?
It’s usually OK to put grays in the whites load with bleach. I would expect some small portion of the grey to be bleached out each time you wash, but my experience is that this is usually almost imperceptible.
Why did my white clothes turn pink?
Your white clothes turn pink because you are washing them with red clothing. Solution: Wash red things separately, at least the first few times. Something about red dye makes it bleed a lot (no pun intended). Some blasted clothing has a red dye that never quits bleeding.