Considering my obsession with clothing, you would think that I am a careful laundry-doer. Like, separating all my lights and darks and unmentionables from my mentionables.
Truth is, I have never once separated lights and darks or colours from other colours. In my whole life. My laundry is divided into a ”Stuff that I Care About” pile, and a “Stuff that I Don’t Give a Shit if it Gets Ruined” pile. Then I just shove those piles into the laundry and wash them separately.
I’ve never had a problem. Ever.
I bought a bunch of cute stuff at the Goodwill near work, and was SO excited about it. A gorgeous silk maxi dress in a taupe-y pattern, this GREAT red and white striped knit oversized maxi dress from Rodier, a Paris line, and this great, fuchsia pink military dress. I almost wasn’t going to get the military dress… I remember waiting in line and thinking
“This dress is REALLY pink. Like retina-burning pink.”
Then, I came home and threw them all in the wash together. Of course, that fuschia pink dress DYED EVERYTHING BRIGHT PINK.
Lesson One: It’s probably a good idea to separate your brights from your non-brights.
Ya. My Rodier dress was now striped red and hot pink. But not in a good “I’m trying to clash” way. In a “cheap dress from Suzy Shier” way.
My gorgeous pink silk maxi dress was now bright pink and taupe. Which wouldn’t be that bad if it wasn’t a huge, flowing maxi dress… it was totally overwhelming, like a pink silk monster, consuming my body in pink-ness.
Lesson Two: You probably shouldn’t wash delicate things 8 times in a row in super hot water.
So, I tried to wash out the dye. Over and over and over and over and over. NB – this is NOT a good idea.
This used to be an OVERSIZED MAXI DRESS:
Now it is a child’s dress.
This used to NOT BE RIPPED IN SHREDS:
Yeah. That gorgeous silk maxi dress couldn’t handle all the vigorous, repeated hot washes… when I took it out of the machine, it disintegrated in my hands. The fabric just melted:
It used to be in perfect condition. I feel like a murderer.
This is the pink-dye explosion culprit. After all of that horror… it turns out that I really like it… so it wasn’t all a waste: