Mom made washing and drying your clothes look so easy, didn’t she? Don’t worry; we all worry about understanding if you can dry whites and colors together.

Let me explain.

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Can You Dry Whites And Colors Together

Can You Dry Whites And Colors Together?

Yes, you can dry whites and colors together in a dryer. When you dry clothes together, the white garments can help absorb any excess moisture from the colored clothes and assist in drying.

With that being said, there could be a transfer of white fabric particles onto your colored clothes when tumbling together in the dryer. This will leave your darks not looking as crisp as when you first bought them, however a quick run over with a lint roller should take care of those fabrics.

Also there is a chance that at the start of the drying process, the damp colors could bleed. This is not common, but there still is a small chance.

With this all bring said, it is a common practice to mix different types and colors of clothes when drying them together.

However, it’s important to note a few considerations:

1. Sort clothes by fabric type

Ensure that all the clothes you are drying together have similar fabric types and care instructions. Mixing fabrics with different care requirements could result in damage or shrinkage.

this is a photo of a bunch of different fabric types of clothes to be dried

2. Check for colorfastness

Before drying colored clothes with white clothes, it’s a good idea to check if the colored clothes are colorfast. Some clothing items may bleed or transfer dye, especially if they are new or have not been washed. If you’re concerned about color bleeding, it may be best to dry similar colors together or use color-catching sheets or laundry products.

this is a tag on shorts to see what the colorfastness is

3. Stains or bleaching

If the colored clothes have stains, be cautious, as the stain may transfer to the white clothes during drying. Additionally, strong bleaching agents or stain removers could affect the color of the colored and white clothes, so it’s important to follow the care instructions on the garment labels.

Drying colored clothes with white clothes is generally safe if you consider the fabric type, colorfastness, and any potential staining or bleaching concerns.


Yes, you can dry your dark clothes and your light clothes together. But before you do so you must read the care instructions.

No, you do not have to separate whites when drying any fabric. However, it won’t hurt them if you do separate your whites.

No, you do not want to wash colored clothing with white clothes. There is a high chance that your dark fabrics will bleed and get onto the whites, ruining them.