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How to Wash Colored Clothes: Prevent Fading!

Stop your colored clothes from bleeding and fading by reading our step-by-step guide on how to wash colored clothes.

Colored clothes must be properly washed to prevent fading and color bleeding so that you can maximize the useful life of the garments. 

The main thing you want to avoid is heat. This means washing clothes in cold water, and air drying out of direct contact with sunlight.

Wash colored clothes properly by first sorting your laundry so that colored clothes get washed with other colored clothes, the same way you would wash your whites and wash your darks

Turn colored clothing inside out before placing into the washing machine so that the outer surface is better preserved and the color is protected from fading. 

Adjust the settings on the washing machine to delicate and wash with cold water. Never use hot water to wash colored or dark clothes. 

Once you’ve finished the rinse cycle, air dry your colored clothing in a dim place by hanging or laying flat. Then fold your clothes and put away.

Continue reading to learn how to wash colored clothes

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How To Wash Colored Clothes

Carefully follow the steps below in order to properly wash colored clothes in the washing machine. 

If you still feel uncertain about your ability to not ruin your laundry once you have read the instructions, instead, take them to your nearest dry cleaner. Learn more about washing your clothes with a professional with how long does dry cleaning take and how much does dry cleaning cost.

1. Check the colored clothes care label

Check the care label on your clothes before administering any type of wash procedure. Be sure to note if your garment has any special care requirements.

2. Sort the colored laundry

Sort the laundry so that colored clothes are washed with other similar colored clothes, preferably of similar weight (how much does a shirt weigh?) and fabric as well. Do not mix your colored clothes with white or dark laundry while in the wash.

3. Remove stains from the colored clothes

Remove stains from your garments as best as you can before placing them into the wash. If your garment is heavily soiled (perhaps you were in a food fight) be sure to remove as much debris as possible before placing it into the washing machine.

4. Turn the colored clothes inside out

Turn the clothes inside out. Turning your colored clothes inside out when washing will help to preserve the colors for longer. It will also protect the outer surface of your garments better. (OPTIONAL: Place your delicate colored clothes in a mesh laundry bag)

5. Don't pack the washing machine with colored clothes

Load the washing machine so that there is still space around the agitator for movement and mixing. Fill front load washers loosely so that the garments are able to be rinsed and washed properly.

6. Add laundry detergent to the colored clothes

Add laundry detergent to the washing machine. Add the correct amount of detergent, as more does not mean better in this case. Adding too much laundry detergent can lead to the colors fading from your colored clothes.

7. Wash colored clothes in cold water

Adjust the settings on the washing machine to wash with cold water. Never use hot water to wash colored or dark clothes, as hot water will increase the likelihood of bleeding and color fading. And hot water shrinks clothes.

8. Wash colored clothes on gentle/delicate setting

Use the gentle/delicate setting on the washing machine to wash colored clothes (how long does a washer take?). Only increase the setting to normal if your clothes are heavily soiled.

9. Air dry colored clothes

Air dry your clothes in a dim place out of contact with sunlight. If you wish to use the dryer, then be sure to use the air dry or tumble dry low settings.  Also read our article on how to use a dryer properly.

How to wash colored clothes: quick tips

Use the tips below to get the best results possible when washing your colored clothes. 

  • Do not use hot water to wash your colored clothes in the washing machine. Hot water will cause the color to bleed and fade from your colored garments.
  • Air dry colored clothes for the best results in the long term. The heat and tumble dry action in the dryer will cause the color on your clothes to fade and could also cause damage to the fabric’s fibers. 
  • Do not overload the washing machine. Allow free space in the washing machine so that the clothes can mix and cleanse properly. 
  • Wash colored clothes separately from white and dark clothing. Do not mix colors and shades in the washing machine. Doing this will cause colors to fade, transfer, and mix. 
  • Put away properly once dry. fold your clothes or hang them up to keep them wrinkle free.

How To Get Stains Out Of Colored Clothes

Use the following tips to help get stains out of your colored clothes quickly and effectively!

1. Act quickly

Act quickly to remove the stain, as this is the most important thing you can do to in removing it. Use a damp cloth to dab, not rub, the stain to get the majority of the stain out before trying more aggressive removal methods.

2. Lemon juice & white vinegar

Lemon juice and white vinegar are both great substances for removing stains from colored clothes. Dampen a cloth with either one part lemon juice or white vinegar mixed with one part water and dab directly onto the stain to pull it out of the fabric.

3. Baking soda

Baking Soda and other absorbent powders such as talcum powder and cornstarch are great for helping to remove oil and grease stains from colored clothing. Cover the stain in baking soda, and then place a book or something heavy overtop and leave it to sit overnight. In the morning brush the powder off and check if there has been any improvement.

4. Soak

Let your garment soak in lukewarm water with laundry detergent for 10 to 15 minutes as soon as the stain has occurred, to give yourself a good opportunity to remove the stain before it settles in.

5. White vinegar

Add white vinegar to the fabric softener compartment while also using laundry detergent in the washing machine to remove stains as well as soap residue. 


Wash colored clothes in cold water to avoid the colors from bleeding and fading. Using hot water in the washing machine will make your dark and colored garments bleed and fade. 

Wash with cold water and use the gentle/delicate settings on the washing machine. Turn your colored clothes inside out before washing to protect the colors from fading. 

White should be washed with whites, colored clothes with colored clothes, and darks with darks. Mixing laundry in the washing machine can lead to color bleed, transference, and fading. 

Turn the garments inside out, wash with cold water, use the correct laundry detergent, and wash together with similarly colored garments. 

Written and reviewed by
Tall Paul
Tall Paul
Paul Marlow, standing at an impressive 6'7 (201cm) and weighing 225lb (102kg), is a mental health speaker, fashion expert, and ex-athlete who excels at helping tall men find well-fitting clothing and teaching them how to style it effectively. As a model in the fashion and film industries, Paul shares his expertise in tall men's fashion, offering valuable advice on measurements, tailoring, and alterations. In addition, he founded Never Alone, an organization that provides mental health and therapy inspiration, and started the Mental Growth Newsletter to support those facing mental health challenges, drawing from his own experiences.

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