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"Wash with Like Colors" problem

post #1 of 12
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As someone that has very few clothes I get annoyed every time I read "wash with like colors" because i dont have enough colors to justify a full-on wash.

I own a pair of khakis from GAP that i really like and i'm starting now to take care of my clothes but i cant wash with like colors because i dont have enough clothes of that color. So i feel like it's either I hand wash it or just fork over the money and put it in the washer/dryer by itself

any thoughts?
post #2 of 12
wash in cold water with your other clothes. Don't put red garments in with your light colors.
post #3 of 12
I would avoid washing red stuff with light clothes, but apart from that I just shove everything in the same wash, I've yet to see anything bad happen...
post #4 of 12
For years I've just shoved everything in the same load and have yet to see negative consequences.
post #5 of 12
Must all be colorfast. Don't start shopping in India.
post #6 of 12
"Like colours" means: Separate darker and lighter stuff of the same fibre, sort red to the dark pile. It's as easy as that.
post #7 of 12
When I was 9 or 10, my mom mixed all the clothes together in the laundry and everything was good except once. All my white briefs and socks turned pink, because of a new red t-shirt that bled. I had to pink Hanes underwear until the next school year, because we were too poor to get more clothes. Lesson 1: Wash new colored items separately. Lesson 2: Wash all red items together.
post #8 of 12
+1 on the advice in the above posts. - Wash in cold water, as colours are less likely to run; - If you can, wash dark colours and clothes with red together, and wash lighter clothes together; - If you can't do that, then consider getting some laundry/washing bags. These are light mesh bags that allow water to circulate but stop clothes from coming into contact with one another in the wash. I put all my socks in one, and then each of my dress shirts into separate bags. This stops them from getting tangled up and, I would hope, would also reduce the risk of colour bleeding from one item onto my nice shirts.
post #9 of 12
Don't ever buy madras, you might go insane.
post #10 of 12
+1 To most of the advice above - it's generally what I do. I also run all new clothes through a wash by themselves to let them bleed once without damaging other clothes. I've never had a problem with clothes getting ruined in the wash.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post
I've never had a problem with clothes getting urined in the wash.
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Sterling Gillette View Post

This has never happened either. I think it's because I own a front-load washer.
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