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Is it safe to wash pink dress shirts with, for example, blue shirts? I just bought two (one a BB non-Iron, the other a french cuff affair) and need to wash them, but don't want to wreck the rest of the load, or indeed the shirts themselves.
 

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Put in some towels of the same colour spectrum or just ones you don't care too much about.
 

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I should think that BB shirts are pretty colorfast to start with. But just to be sure, why not just wash them by hand with a mild product, like Woolite, in the sink by themselves a couple times. That should lessen the chance of "bleed." It does make sense to wash similar colors together, especially when new, but we just toss everything in together and hope for the best:icon_smile_big:
 

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Ever since I turned my wife's expensive beige underwear a disgusting salmon color and she forbid me ever to do the wash again (which actually would have been a smart move on my part, except that she threw them out and bought about $200 worth of replacements ...) I've given up trying to give anyone laundry advice. For $1.50 a shirt, I send them out.
 

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I have always washed my shirts together, the only time I do not is when I hand-wash my white shirts and white-collar shirts separately because they need longer to clean.

The only time I did have an issue with mixing colours is when I put too much washing powder and ran the washing-machine at a high temperature. The white section of a black/white polo turned blue.
 

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The first time I wash a colored shirt I either wash it with rags/towels that I don't care about or with well-washed clothes of darker yet complimentary colors. For the pink shirts, in your example, I would wash them with other pink or red clothes.
 

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I washed mine by itself the first time, then after that threw it in with the rest of my dress shirts. Never a problem. I also always use cold water.
 

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Assuming your shirts are made from shirting rather than some infernal artifical mix or blend...

Shirting is a yarn dyed fabric, which means the yarns are dyed (and washed) before the fabric is woven. From that point it goes through several finishing processes before being shipped to a shirt maker who undoubtedly washes it before making your shirt. I can't speak for other shirt makers, but I also wash every shirt before sewing on the buttons. The chances of any colour (or color) leaching from your shirt into anything else you might be washing, is therefore zero. The thing to be careful of is colour from other garments leaching into your shirt. To avoid nasty surprises, if I must machine wash, I only ever wash shirts together, and as one other member recommends I also agree that washing in cold water is ample sufficiency and adds a "belt and braces" degree of safety to the proceedings.

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Thanks! I typically wash whites with whites, and blue with blue, but I didn't want the pinks making a mess of it. I'm also environmentally concerned enough to want to wash only a full load, but I'll just throw them in with the blues on warm.
 

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Wanna create a real mess in your washing machine? Accidentally let a full roll of toilet paper fall in. I'm not joking. Someone I know very well -- me -- has a fiancee who did this. Had to dry everything in the load three times to get out the paper bits. Then had to shake each item individually and use a lint brush.
 

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The last before it was almost two weeks ago. Hardly necro-posting in any case.
 
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