Are People Still Sorting Their Laundry?


Memories of my mother meticulously teaching me laundry sorting, emphasizing categorizing into whites, darks, and colors to maintain their original hues, remain vividly etched in my mind. A common practice aimed at preserving the integrity of fabrics and colors during washes. But did you know that contemporary practices, especially among younger generations, might not align with these traditional laundry guidelines?

The Generational Divide in Laundry Practices

A tweet on August 1st by Zach Silberberg opened a window into generational laundry habits, stating, “Y’all wanna talk about generational divides? I don’t know anyone under 40 who separates laundry into lights and darks.” It wasn’t a solitary thought - over 435,000 people liked the tweet, indicating a massive tilt in laundry perspectives among younger individuals. Another user, McKenzie Dewese, conducted a little poll, asking, “If you’re under 40, pls answer: Do you separate your dark and light laundry?” with a surprising 48% responding with a ‘no’.

The Cold Wash Concession

The rule of thumb for those who blend their loads is relying on a cold-water cycle, which theoretically reduces the risk of colors bleeding into each other. Whites, however, commonly are given their exclusive wash cycle to maintain their brightness and integrity, being washed separately once a sufficiently large batch accumulates to avoid minimal loads.

Stance on the Modern Laundry Debate

Where does your loyalty lie in this laundry dichotomy? Are you a stickler for the traditional, separating each piece with meticulous care? Or do you lean towards the adventurous, tossing in a multicolored load and hoping colors remain steadfast? While mixing may save on a few loads, it's worth noting that adhering to the age-old segregation of laundry colors might save you from prematurely fading your fabrics and possibly, financially beneficial in avoiding unintended wardrobe replacements!