Knowing how to separate laundry will save you ruining your favorite items of clothing by accidentally putting them in with the wrong colors, materials or at the wrong temperatures. These three factors are actually the pillars of a good laundry sorting system. First off, checking the labels for the maximum temperature your clothes should wash at will create different laundry piles for you to wash. These then need to be sorted into different materials: Washing wool with cotton will not only damage the materials, but you may end up not getting your clothes properly clean as each different material needs a different wash cycle.
Finally, once you have sorted your laundry into their piles depending on material and washing temperature, sort them into color-coded piles. Whites, pastels and light colors can be washed together (as long as you aren’t bleaching your whites), brights have their own pile, and then darker colors and black laundry will have their own pile, too. This ensures you don’t end up with graying shirts faster than you expect to! These three types of laundry sorting are essential to running a good wash, but you may be wondering what else you could include. Here’s a few of our best tips for laundry sorting.