Sorting Laundry Loads
It may be easy to throw a load of mixed laundry in the machine, but if you don’t want everything to turn an odd shade of pink or grey, follow our simple tips.
Sort clothes into groups:
whites, light colors, colors and delicates (wools, silks, etc.). If you only have a small amount from one group, then don’t be tempted to put it in with another – save it for a full load.
Turn your clothes inside out. This will protect them during the wash. It also stops jeans turning white at the seams.
Pre-treat your clothes before washing. There is no need to worry about getting tough stains out of colored loads. Pre-treat heavy stains to boost the power of your detergent. Find out how to pre-treat for the best results here.
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.