Sorting Clothes by Color
There are several distinct piles in which to sort clothes: whites, darks, lights, jeans, and delicates. You could sub-divide even further, but these categories are the most used.
→ Whites: White t-shirts, white underwear, white socks and other similar items fall into this category. This pile is for white sturdy cottons that can withstand normal agitation in the washer on a warm or hot wash cycle.
→ Darks: Grays, blacks, navies, reds, dark purples and similar colors are sorted into this load.
→ Lights: More pastel-type colors such as pinks, lavenders, light blues, lights greens and yellows are placed in this pile of laundry.
→ Jeans: All items with denim material are washed together in this load.
→ Delicates: This category includes several types of clothing – lingerie, pantyhose, washable silks, and any clothing you’d like to keep from the harsh agitation of the washer.
Sorting Clothes by Fabric Weight
Please note that color is not the only consideration when sorting clothes. The weight of the garment should be considered as well.
For example, if you have several pairs of heavy cotton pants, then you don’t want to wash those with thin t-shirts. Washing clothes with ‘heavy’ material can possibly tear or rip clothes that are thin and light-weight while enduring the agitation of the washer.
If they are placed in the dryer together, they obviously won’t dry at the same rate since one fabric is much heavier than another.
It’s best just to separate these types of garments from the start and wash them in two separate loads.
Dealing with Stains While Sorting
Stains such as coffee, blood, wine, pen are unavoidable. Cleaning Star will usually separate out the clothes which require special treatment.
Stains will be hand brush and treated separately.
First of all, what is the reason to sort clothes in the first place? Do you need to sort clothes at all?
A very good question.
In my personal opinion, you do.
Sorting clothes allows you to use different washing cycles (‘delicate’ versus ‘normal’) and also allows for washing in different temperatures.
Most importantly, sorting clothes decreases the chances that a garment is going to bleed onto another when you control cycle type and water temperature.
If you do choose to sort your clothes prior to washing them, keep reading for Mama’s best tips.