The very best way to keep your colored clothes from fading is to wash them less frequently. And that’s a great way to conserve water, energy, and laundry supplies, too! Did you expect us to pitch you with specialty laundry detergents right away? Guess again!
We’re starting this guide on how to wash colored clothes by suggesting you ask yourself:
”Does this garment really need washing?”
Grove laundry expert Angela Bell likes to keep a good enzyme-based stain remover on hand to spot-clean her clothes so she doesn’t have to wash them as often. “This allows me to embrace my mess-prone life yet still look fresh without washing the entire garment. I just spray it onto the stain, allow it to sit for a few, and blot clean with a wet cloth,” she says.
Now, if you’re holding a pair of worn socks or underpants and wondering if you should wash them, the answer is a resounding yes! But everything else? If it ain’t soiled, and it don’t stink — don’t wash it!
But when your colored clothes are soiled or do stink, here’s how to wash them to keep them colorful and bright — without harsh chemicals!