To prevent this, it’s best to sort your laundry into separate loads based on color:
- Whites: Wash white garments together to avoid color transfer and to maintain their brightness.
- Light colors: Pastels and light shades can be washed together, but avoid mixing them with darker colors.
- Dark colors: Dark and vibrant colors should be washed together. It’s a good idea to wash new, brightly colored garments separately for the first few washes, as they are more likely to bleed dye.
- Red and orange: These colors tend to bleed more than others, so it’s best to wash them separately or with similar shades.
Additionally, you should always follow the care instructions on your garments’ labels, as they will provide the best guidance for washing and maintaining your clothes.