Pile of grey laundry

Is Grey Considered Light or Dark for Laundry?

Ah, a mystery that has plagued the washing world for many years. Is grey light or dark?

Well, it is a great question. You see, this question means that you’re already sorting your washing into lights and darks. That’s a very important thing unless you want all of your clothes to be stained by each other!

But what about greys? Where should they be?

To answer this washing mystery, we must dive deep into the washing machine and find out the best settings to use with grey items.

We must then find out which settings are best for light and dark washes and then piece this washing puzzle together. So, let’s do that, shall we?


Is Grey Considered Light or Dark for Laundry?

Grey is considered a dark colour when doing laundry.

As you know, your washing should be split into colour groups. Your white should have a pile, your lighter colours should and so too should your darks. Your grey clothes should go in the dark pile.

The reason for this is simple. Your light pile of clothing is for pastel colours like pinks, light blues and lavenders, for example. The dark pile is for blacks, navies, reds and greys.

If you are really concerned that your darks may cross-contaminate each other, you can keep splitting it down as well.

For example, you can split all of your brighter darks into one pile and leave the blacks, navies and greys in a separate pile. This will ensure that if any dyes are released during the washing cycle, the clothes of a similar colour won’t be affected.

If you have a pair of grey chinos, though, you may want to consider a whole new pile of washing. The weight of the fabric your garment is made from should also be a factor when you sort your piles.

 Washing grey clothes

When to Separate Greys Further

If you are washing a few grey t-shirts and a couple of pairs of chinos, these should be done separately. This is because clothing made from heavier materials can damage lighter ones in the wash and if you plan on ever wearing your shirts again, I’m sure you’ll agree this is bad.

You should also follow the same rules for any grey delicates. If you have a grey wool jumper, for example, you should sort this into a dark pile of delicates.

As long as each pile of darks and lights is sorted into delicates, denim and then your normal lights and darks, you won’t have any issues.


Washing Greys Separately When They Are New

One final thing, what about washing greys when they are brand new?

Most clothing companies state that garments should be washed separately for the few washes. We recommend you follow that advice. Once those first few washes are done, you can then start splitting your greys into the groups above.

We hope this washing article has helped you with your grey issues. If you need any more washing advice, please explore our website further.

We have loads of articles on here about washing clothes, as well as reviews of the best washing machines in the UK right now too. Happy washing!