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I've been dividing my laundry into lights, darks, and sometimes (somewhat) "delicate" loads my whole life. But, assuming you're not washing any new brightly-colored clothes that could hypothetically run, is there really any compelling reason to divide light clothes from dark or bright-colored clothes?
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susandennis From: susandennis Date: April 13th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: others might disagree, but...

For many years, I have been very careful to separate my laundry into the top half of the pile and then the bottom half. Unless the pile is small and then I let them all go in together and enjoy.

Seriously, find a better use for that time.
fotojournalist From: fotojournalist Date: April 13th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hahaha that's my routine as well.
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: April 13th, 2012 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I stopped sorting laundry a long time ago. However, I do use the 20 mule team borax - about a 1/4 cup per load. It disolves easily, and seems to do a good job of beating the dingies, especially if you have harder water.
The borax goes in with the detergent.

Edited at 2012-04-13 10:34 am (UTC)
retrev From: retrev Date: April 13th, 2012 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I usually sort based on load type (delicates from jeans, etc.) since it seems to have more impact on washing although I do separate most whites since I typically bleach them.
microbie From: microbie Date: April 13th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
this is my habit also.
octanez From: octanez Date: May 10th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
mine as well.

a rough "weight" sort.
polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: April 13th, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, though solid black and navy colored clothes such as polos and t-shirts fade over time. Some people care about keeping such close to their original colors, but I'm not one of t hem.
jencohen From: jencohen Date: April 13th, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Meh. There are better uses of your time than separating lights and darks. JC and I do separate out the reds that aren't well washed. And any new really dark clothing gets washed in a load with similar colors, not true whites. But then again, we don't have many white clothing pieces.
mama0807 From: mama0807 Date: April 13th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't separate mine and it's never been an issue. I spend enough time on laundry without adding extra steps.
sskipstress From: sskipstress Date: April 13th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do a lot of laundry separating. I have a basket for hot-water darks, a basket for cold-water darks, a basket for dark trousers, and a basket for lights. The lights might get split into bleachable and non-bleachable occasionally, which is the only sorting I do on laundry day. My baskets are exactly the same size as my washer, which helps a lot. Unfortunately it's not as pretty as a single hamper hidden away somewhere, but it's a lot prettier than all that laundry in a big pile on the floor, which is what I always seemed to end up with when I had baskets larger than my washer and did my laundry when I ran out of something instead of when the basket got full. It's probably also helpful that I have regular-sized stackable washer, not a family-sized washer or one of the smaller stackables.
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: April 13th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bro #3 told me years ago to stop separating and just wash everything in cold. I tried it and I haven't had any trouble. I do still keep some things that are more delicate for a separate wash and sometimes I specialty wash stuff, like suspicious reds (like Jen & J.C.). I don't wear a lot of white and the white I do wear doesn't have to be very white.
bethzebra From: bethzebra Date: April 13th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find that the one color it really matters for is yellow. If you have a nice yellow anything, don't wash it with dark colors, because even the tiniest bit of blue dye on yellow makes it look awful. Whites may get dingier when washed with dark blue things, even older dark blue things, but at least with white you can bleach it out again later if you care. Once yellow gets dingy it's kind of yucky and ruined.
psyllisa From: psyllisa Date: April 13th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I sort our family's wash -- there are just too many variables to get everyone's everything's sufficiently clean without something getting damaged in the process. In addition to sorting by the required temperature and washing-chemicals, I also separate out by size and fabric type (for example, doing towels with towels, sheets doth sheets, etc.). That helps with the drying. Otherwise, some lighter fabrics get "over-cooked" as it were while waiting for a heavy towel to dry. Or like how if you dry smaller things with sheets, the sheets get dry but the smaller thing gets wadded up in a mess. Separating colors also helps with lint in the dryer. I remember spending the better part of an hour picking dark lint off a white blouse because if one errant garment....
psyllisa From: psyllisa Date: April 13th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh...and sometimes I separate out by stain-types, especially of the stain treatment is very specific or I don't want to get the stain to transfer from one garment to another.
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