What color do you wash darks on?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

When it comes to washing dark clothes, I always make sure to separate them from lighter items. This is because dark colors have a tendency to bleed onto lighter fabrics, which can ruin the original colors and make everything look dull. To avoid this, I wash my darks together in a separate load.

I prefer to use the cold-water cycle for washing darks. This is because hot water can cause the colors to fade or bleed even more. The cold-water cycle helps to preserve the original colors and keep them looking vibrant. I usually set the temperature to around 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

I find it helpful to turn dark clothing items inside out before washing them. This can further protect the colors and prevent any fading or bleeding. It also helps to minimize pilling or lint buildup on the outside of the clothes.

Using a mild detergent specifically designed for dark or colored clothes is also important. These detergents are formulated to help retain the colors and prevent them from fading. I usually follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the appropriate amount of detergent to use based on the size of the load.

It’s important to avoid overloading the washing machine when washing darks. This allows the clothes to have enough room to move around and get properly cleaned. If the machine is too full, the clothes may not get evenly washed and the colors could be affected.

I try to avoid using any bleach or harsh chemicals when washing dark clothes. These can not only fade the colors but also weaken the fabric. Instead, I opt for a gentle wash cycle and save any stain treatments or spot cleaning for after the wash.

After the cycle is complete, I take out the dark clothes and hang them to dry or use a low-heat setting in the dryer. High heat can also cause the colors to fade, so I try to be cautious about the drying process as well.

In my experience, following these steps has helped me maintain the original colors of my dark clothes and prevent any bleeding onto lighter garments. It takes a little extra effort, but it’s worth it to keep my darks looking their best.