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Preserving Your Wardrobe: Preventing Colour Bleeding in the Washing Machine- H&S Magazine Kenya

Preserving Your Wardrobe: Preventing Colour Bleeding in the Washing Machine

Protecting Your Garments: A Guide to Avoiding Colour Bleeding

Congratulations on your new wardrobe addition! Whether it’s a vibrant blouse or a bold pair of trousers, preserving the colour and integrity of your garments is paramount. Here’s how to prevent colour bleeding and safeguard your clothes in the washing machine.

Understanding Colour Bleeding

Colour bleeding occurs when dyes from one garment transfer onto others during the washing process. This can result in discoloured patches or streaks, compromising the appearance of your clothes.

Preventative Measures

To avoid colour bleeding, follow these simple steps:

1. Sort Your Laundry

Separate dark, bright, and light-coloured garments before washing to prevent dye transfer. Wash similar colours together to minimise the risk of colour bleeding.

2. Use Cold Water

Wash your clothes in cold water, as hot water can cause dyes to leach out more easily. Lower temperatures help preserve the colour intensity of your garments.

3. Turn Clothes Inside Out

Turn your garments inside out before washing to protect the outer surface and minimise friction, reducing the likelihood of colour bleeding.

4. Choose the Right Detergent

Opt for a gentle detergent specifically formulated for coloured fabrics. Avoid bleach or harsh chemicals that can accelerate colour fading or bleeding.

5. Add Vinegar or Salt

For added protection, include a cup of white vinegar or a tablespoon of salt in the wash cycle. These natural ingredients help set dyes and prevent colour bleeding.

Additional Tips

To further safeguard your clothes:

1. Check garment labels for specific care instructions.

2. Avoid overloading the washing machine to allow ample space for water circulation.

3. Consider hand-washing delicate or brightly coloured items to maintain their vibrancy.


By implementing these preventative measures, you can enjoy your new wardrobe additions without worrying about colour bleeding. With proper care and attention, your clothes will retain their vibrant hues and pristine condition wash after wash.