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Washing colours and whites together....

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Markb123 Tue 11-Oct-16 12:10:31

Hi, I'm after general opinions, my other half washes everything together in the same load on a 20 degrees wash. I'm talking bright bright red and sparklingly new whites together....

Does everyone do this? I always used to separate them into whites, very darks and colours...

TheScottishPlay Tue 11-Oct-16 12:13:23

Separate or your whites will not be 'sparkling'.
Does he use a colourcatcher?

Markb123 Tue 11-Oct-16 12:16:13

No colour catcher in the slightest!! And it's my girlfriend doing the washing....

sleepyhead Tue 11-Oct-16 12:20:02

Well, on the upside the low temp minimises the chance that colours will run (eg stuff that's colourfast at 40c may not be at 60c).

But no, that's a good way to end up with a load of whites with a hint of sludge. If it's just her clothes then it's up to her, if it's yours too I'd tell her to leave them alone and you'll do them yourself.

Markb123 Tue 11-Oct-16 12:27:32

Ah you see that could be her devious plan to get me to wash my own stuff.... Not that I'd object to doing it of course

SoMuchRoomForActivities Tue 11-Oct-16 12:50:44

It's a bit off and a waste of money if you have to do your own laundry just because she is doing it wrong. Have you shown her how to do it and she is just being dim or...? It's not rocket science.

SoMuchRoomForActivities Tue 11-Oct-16 12:53:05

Meaning that, I'm sure you would continue to wash both yours and hers as you know what you're doing, before anyone jumps down my throat about feminism! grin

TheScottishPlay Tue 11-Oct-16 13:00:34

Apologies, I was making assumptions based on DH's cavalier attitude to our washing basket!

Davros Tue 11-Oct-16 13:01:06

I never separate colours and whites, just load it all in when there's enough. Don't have a problem with colours running at all, wash on 40•. DD's school shirts go a bit grey but they would need replacing by then anyway. Towels and sheets separate of course. Life's too short to do sorting and numerous washes, possibly not filling up the machine

sleepyhead Tue 11-Oct-16 13:01:52

It depends if she's bothered though. Some people deliberately don't own a lot of white clothes because they can't be bothered to sort, or they don't mind grey.

You might just have hit an example of "--wo--man not seeing the dirt" hmm or "your standards are higher than mine. Why should it be up to me to raise my standards rather than you lowering yours?"

It would drive me nuts though, and I'd be really annoyed if they wrecked something of mine because they couldn't be bothered sorting. I'd prefer them to leave my stuff alone in that situation.

sleepyhead Tue 11-Oct-16 13:03:34

You wouldn't wash a pair of new black jeans with a white shirt though would you Davos? So I doubt you don't think about it at all, just have experience of what you can get away with.

Now of course, op's gf may also be a washing expert and know what fabrics are colour safe at 20c.

notinagreatplace Tue 11-Oct-16 13:15:09

I mix everything together and wash at 40. It all looks fine to me. I have barely any whites anyway but the few I have still look white.

I don't get this fascination with sorting clothing..

dementedpixie Tue 11-Oct-16 13:17:43

I separate whites and darks. My dc's get a full school year out of school shirts and they stay white. I wouldn't wash at 20 degrees either and the minimum I use is 40 degrees.

GinAndOnIt Tue 11-Oct-16 13:24:42

I separate whites and wash everything else together. The only reason for separating is because DP is a farmer so sheets/tshirts etc that are white are very soiled so I like to do a hot wash with stain remover. I don't know if I'd bother to separate if the whites weren't soiled, just needed freshening, but equally it would feel very very wrong to put dark blue clothes in with whites...

Bexta147 Tue 11-Oct-16 18:33:08

I never ever separate my washing. The only things that get separated to wash are my white towels because I stick some bleach in with them on a 90 degree wash and my white work polo shirts because I need to put stain remover in with them.
You can't tell the difference between how white my work tops are and any other white items people have when they are next to each other. Complete waste of time separating washing in my opinion.

Squidgems Tue 11-Oct-16 18:35:08

Those that wash everything together and saying the whites look fine would see that they weren't when placed next to a new white item. Others will notice even if you don't!

Randytortoise Tue 11-Oct-16 18:39:03

I separate things that matter, tops etc. But towels and my granny pants all go in together as I don't care what colour they end up.

Mcchickenbb41 Tue 11-Oct-16 19:29:54

Another separator here sometimes to an extreme if I'm honest. However dd school shirts have made it through for another year ( she's a very slow grower my girl ) and still look brand new. Iv always really taken care of clothes. It all started when I got a Saturday job at a young age and started to buy my own clothes then my step mum would wash them. They would either have shrunk or colour run or both. So I go to great pains to make clothes look new for longer. Oh and colour catchers are brilliant

ErrolTheDragon Tue 11-Oct-16 19:39:24

I've been a meticulous separator since the time one red cotton sock got left stuck to the drum and the next load included nearly all of DHs blue and white striped work shirts.

PacificDogwod Tue 11-Oct-16 19:43:06

I wash everything together (never enough whites to fill a machine) at 30 degrees, but will keep new jeans/red stuff/anything I don't know and trust separate.
It's a risk I am prepared to take grin

Davros Tue 11-Oct-16 20:22:23

Maybe a new pair of jeans I would separate out for the first couple of washes then - no more. DD's school shirts usually last the year or almost and they are cheap. I won't be changing my ways! I can't remember having a disaster

twofalls Tue 11-Oct-16 20:27:08

You can really tell who separates whites and who doesn't IMO. They have a hint of grey about them.

Icapturethecast1e Tue 11-Oct-16 20:29:12

Usually do a mix wash at 50 degrees with a colour catcher & no probs so far.

dannyglick Wed 12-Oct-16 09:09:14

Just a point RE Colour Catchers: a washing machine repair man who came out to ours a while ago said that Colour Catchers were keeping him in business.
I think you just need to make sure that they're always taken out and accounted for at the end of the programme- a bit like an OR swab count.

ErrolTheDragon Wed 12-Oct-16 10:43:36

>You can really tell who separates whites and who doesn't IMO. They have a hint of grey about them.

or pink if you include reds. Maybe the OPs OH is fond of 'ashes of roses' (I think that's the hue I mean, the favourite of the heroine of The Thorn Birds) - a pinky greyish colour?

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