Why does washing my colored clothes make them blotchy so often?
August 2, 2006 7:12 AM Subscribe
What's causing my clothes to occasionally come out of the wash with blotchy spots where the dye has been lightened/removed?
posted by cadge to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've noticed that sometimes, my colored clothes come out of the wash with blotches where the dye has been lightened/removed somehow.
Somtimes it seems to happen in sweaty areas (like the neck fold on my turtleneck, turning from camel to a light orange, or the neckline on my summertime shirt), but sometimes it just happens randomly (streaks on the front of my blue t-shirt).
It seems to happen mostly when I use Tide liquid detergent in my parents' washer (not when I use Seventh Generation at the laundromat). If possible I'd like to find a way to work around this while not forcing my parents to purchase a different detergent and not having to lug a thing of Seventh Gen home myself.
Does anyone know why this might be happening? How can I avoid this? I'm losing more shirts than I'd like!