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Old 15-01-2008, 9:04 PM
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Could any of you good people please tell me why some clothes must be washed inside out?

And if I wash said clothes on their own right side out, is that OK?

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i find its the tops with an applique or similar on the front, the pics crack when washed the other way after a long period, like kids character tops
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It's because friction from other items in the wash can cause bobbliness / change in texture.....a bit like on the arms of a sweater where it rubs against things.

Should be ok to wash things alone right-side-outside, i think?
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I know with things like jeans the outside is usually darker than the inside. Washing and drying them right side around can cause them to fade faster (and unevenly?)

Clothes with beading or embroidery can snag in the machine - the machine itself and other clothes, causing damage.

I wash all dark clothes inside out because that way if any of the powder doesn't get rinsed out, or there are other mineral deposits (I live in London) they'll be on the inside of the clothes and not the outside.
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Old 15-01-2008, 9:09 PM
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Helps dark things not to fade.

Before coloured washing powder I always used to wash black & dark jeans inside out.
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With dark or strongly coloured clothes it can be to prevent *white lines* where the friction from the machine and other clothes rubs the dye away. These clothes need to be washed inside out even if washed alone.
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I wash all our clothes inside out, infact i even wash our bedding inside out, dunno why, i guess thats the way mum always done it :confused:
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Thanks all. I thought it might be something to do with the dye, as my new coat is made of black cotton. The bobbling thing never occurred to me...

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i always do this (unless clothing is very mucky) i never knew the reason for it really, i just got into the habit as my mum always had me turning things inside out before putting in the machine when i was small - she still does it and so do i!! OMG i am turning into my mother!!
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Because when your kids or partner leave a tissue in their pocket it sticks more to the inside of the clothes than the outside and it's a pig to wash off!!!!!!!!!! So it being stuck to the inside, isn't so bad....

Actually no, that's me just having a moan and Churchmouse's answer is more correct than that one of course.
One day I might be more organised...........:confused:

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No lil-me, your answer is oh so true And why is it, you check 20 pockets, the 21st was the one with the tissue:rolleyes:
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Because when your kids or partner leave a tissue in their pocket it sticks more to the inside of the clothes than the outside and it's a pig to wash off!!!!!!!!!!
I was going to say this ... except dh uses hankies so it's always me in our house

I always thought too it was so that clothes on the line didn't fade in the sunlight. Although fat chance of that at the minute
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i always do this (unless clothing is very mucky) i never knew the reason for it really, i just got into the habit as my mum always had me turning things inside out before putting in the machine when i was small - she still does it and so do i!! OMG i am turning into my mother!!
If it helps you are not alone... I do this too (what is strange is that I don't think anyone taught me!)

Another reason (apart from all the others mentioned) is that hooks, buttons, velcro etc will not "catch" other garments if they are all inside out (and if they do then it isn't on the side you see!!!)

Am I the only one who irons everything inside out then?!
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I wash all our clothes inside out, infact i even wash our bedding inside out, dunno why, i guess thats the way mum always done it :confused:
lol I should have had my glasses on - there are at least 3 of us out there so I think we are all perfectly normal...
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I always iron stuff inside out (except bedding etc) - means if it's the kind of fabric to go shiny then it's shiny on the inside. V important if you have a habit of using an iron that's too hot (me again, laundry queen as you can tell lol)
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I always wash things inside out because they fade in the sun ( what sun ) when they are on the clothes line. Even when i put washing on an airer in the conservatory they sometimes fade.:confused:
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Iron clothes stop swearing, I gave up ironing 90% of clothes because it's better for the enviroment that's my excuse and I am sticking to it!
One day I might be more organised...........:confused:
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i always do this (unless clothing is very mucky) i never knew the reason for it really, i just got into the habit as my mum always had me turning things inside out before putting in the machine when i was small - she still does it and so do i!! OMG i am turning into my mother!!
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Iron clothes stop swearing, I gave up ironing 90% of clothes because it's better for the enviroment that's my excuse and I am sticking to it!

I iron nothing, ever. My OH irons it all, including my work shirts and court collars (-: When my Granny discovered that, she advised me to hang on to him!
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