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    While laundry sorting may seem like a daunting task, it’s something that keeps your clothes looking their best for longer. Separating your laundry before washing is an important part of the process, as it helps to keep your clothes brighter for longer. In this guide, we will explain how to separate laundry like a pro by colours or whites, fabric type and level of dirtiness. Read on to see how to keep colours bright and how to double the life of your white clothes with Vanish. 

    The importance of separating your laundry

    It may seem like an extra step, but it’s essential for achieving cleaner results and preserving the quality of your clothes. When it comes to colours, it’s important to know which can be washed together and which should be separated. Mixing certain colours can result in colour bleeding, leaving your clothes looking dull and faded. Additionally, different fabric types require different washing methods and temperatures to avoid damage. 


    Washing white clothes separately

    If you’re wondering whether you can wash black and white clothes together, the general rule of thumb is to separate dark and light colours. To get the best results, it’s best to sort your laundry into whites, colours and darks.  

    Before washing, start by designating separate baskets or bags for each category of laundry, such as whites, darks and delicates. This will help you to keep track of which items need to be washed together and prevent any mix-ups. When sorting by colour, you can use different coloured baskets or bags to differentiate between whites, colours and darks. This will ensure that no colours bleed onto each other during the washing process. 

    By following this simple sorting method, you can avoid any mishaps and keep your clothes looking their best.  


    How to sort your clothes for washing by fabric type

    Different fabrics require different washing methods and temperatures to avoid damage and maintain their quality. Start by separating delicate fabrics from sturdier ones.  

    Delicate fabrics such as silk, lace, wool and cashmere require a gentler approach and should be washed separately. For delicate coloured clothing, use the Vanish Oxi Action Liquid. To wash white delicates and maintain brightness, use the Vanish Crystal White Liquid. Clothes made of these materials may also be better washed by hand or at a lower temperature to prevent snagging or stretching, so always check the care label.  

    Everyday, sturdier fabrics like cotton, denim and polyester can be washed together, using the Vanish Oxi Action Powder for colours or the Vanish Crystal White Powder for whites. Remember to always check the care label of the clothing item you're looking to wash, as that will include some helpful tips and other key care instructions.  


    Preparing the washing machine

    Start by adjusting the water temperature based on the fabric type. Follow the care labels on your clothes to determine the appropriate temperature setting.  

    Different fabrics and levels of dirtiness may require different wash cycles, such as a gentle cycle for delicates or a regular cycle for everyday garments. Refer to your washing machine's manual for guidance on selecting the right cycle. 

    Then, add the recommended amount of detergent based on the load size and level of dirtiness. 

    For colours, add a scoop of Vanish Oxi Action Powder along with your normal detergent. This product is better for colours, as it will help keep your clothes bright and prevent them from bleeding. 

    For white clothes, add a scoop of Vanish Crystal White Powder along with your normal detergent. This product is better for lighter-coloured clothes and will help to whiten the fabric and lift any stains. 


    The benefits of separating your laundry

    By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can achieve cleaner results, preserve the colours of your clothes and make your laundry routine more efficient. You will also enjoy the benefits of longer-lasting clothes, stop clothes from fading or bleeding and have cleaner clothes overall. Start incorporating these tips into your laundry routine, pick the most appropriate Vanish product for you and simplify your everyday laundry routine. 

    *Always check labels and follow product instructions.