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 and say goodbye to laundry accidents forever.
- How accidents happen
- Sorting laundry loads
- Choosing the right laundry basket
- Washing symbols
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 colours 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 in the machine, but if you don’t want everything to turn an odd shade of pink or grey, follow our simple tips.
Sort laundry into groups: whites, light colours, colours 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 up for a full load.
For dazzling whites - use a detergent containing bleach, such as Ariel Matic Front Load for front load washing machines and Ariel Matic Top Load for top load fully automatic washing machines.
For colours - use a detergent without bleach, such as Ariel Colour .
Quick tip: Turning your clothes inside out will protect them during the wash. It stops jeans turning white at the seams.
Quick tip: Stains on coloured loads is not an issue anymore. Try Ariel Colour, which is tough on stains but gentle on your coloured garments.
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 colourfastness 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 colour leaks, it’s not colourfast.