Dyes are used to give our clothes their bright or dark colour. So when it comes to doing the laundry, this dye can sometimes bleed into the wash and stain that white shirt that accidentally snuck in with the dark load, causing it to turn a shade of grey. When you’re washing colours or washing dark clothes, you should take care to avoid cross transfer of colour and follow the proper laundry steps to keep your colours and patterns looking as sharp as before. So how do you wash dark clothes? Watch our step by step guide or read the steps below.
Step by step guide on how to wash dark clothes
Separate darks from whitesThe first thing you need to do when it comes to how to wash dark clothes is to separate all the clothes that are suitable for a dark wash. Make sure no stray whites or colours get mixed up so you don’t end up with unwanted cross-colour staining.
Do a sink testIf you’re worried about colour run then do a sink test. Simply put your garment in a sink filled with lukewarm water, move it around a bit and leave for 30 minutes. If you notice any bleeding, hand wash the garment instead.
Turn items inside outTurn your clothes inside out before placing them in the washing machine.
Effective laundry care for all colours
It’s not only dark colours that require laundry care. Whites and bright colours also need individual attention. And, since not all fabrics are created equal, you should also pay special attention to garments made from denim or even cotton. Whether you’re looking to remove stains you can see or your focus is on odour removal, let Ariel take care of it.
What temperature to use when washing darks? Hot or cold?
Do you often wonder if dark clothes should be washed in hot or cold water? Washing your clothes in hot water can cause the fabric to loosen, which allows the dark dye to be released from the fabric. To prevent your darks from fading, wash them in cold water, together with Ariel Gel Colour, our most powerful cold water detergent: This will not only keep your blacks black, but it will also help to preserve their fabric and fit better, giving your garments a longer life-span, while saving you money on the utility bill. The next time you wash a dark and delicate fabric with a stain on it, instead of washing it at a high temperature and damaging the garment, soak it in cold water. Another thing to consider is washing your dark clothes on a quick cycle, which helps to minimise colour fading. In this case, you don’t have to worry about the temperature, since quick cycles generally use cold water anyway, so no harm is done to your clothes.