Doing Laundry: Is it necessary to separate darks from lights? Home Life / Suddenly Single

Hi everyone:

Some folks wonder if it really is necessary to separate dark clothing from light when washing them. I would still answer “yes” to that question, unless you want to have grey underwear and socks.

There is a product available in the grocery store that will help if you accidentally put that fushia towel you picked up for $10 in Florida last year  in the washing machine with your brand new white shirt. The product is called “Color Catchers.” I have not used it but I have friends who swear by it.

Be sure to follow the label directions as you use it in the washer and do not dry your bleeding-red towel with your light clothes after you try the product. The idea here is that you have to re-wash the clothes but the dye that deluged your light clothes should come out.

Think of this as the “morning after pill” for washing machines.

Good luck!



Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

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