Which way do you do it and why?

United States
January 18, 2008 10:18am CST
I have noticed that some people turn their clothing inside out before placing it in the washing machine while others leave the clothing right side out. I have always just tossed mine in right side out, but if there is a really good reason for turning it inside out I might change! Which is best? What is the rationale for inside out?
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@diillu (5121)
18 Jan 08
I think putting the clothes inside out is also a good idea to prevent the outer part of the clothes from any damage during the washing. But I do it from the right side as always unless the clothes are wollen or something like that. And when it is time to dry them, then I prefer them inside out as to prevent them from any kind of damage.
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@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
18 Jan 08
I wash most of mine right side out. There are a few items that tell you to turn inside out, and if I catch them I will turn them. It seems that they get cleaner.
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• United States
18 Jan 08
99% of my clothes I just leave them right side out but a couple of pair of expnsive jeans I have with designs on them (stones, studs etc) and a couple of sweaters also with designs on them I turn inside out as I do not want then to catch on other items.
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@angieang (262)
• United States
18 Jan 08
I throw my clothes in any way as well. Although some people turn jeans inside out to help from fading too quickly. But to keep that from happening they would also have to keep from drying the clothes as well, because the heat is a major issue when it comes to damage and faded materials!
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@sedel1027 (17850)
• United States
18 Jan 08
I just throw the clothes in whatever way they already are. I can see how it woul dbe beneficial to turn clthes inside out though. That way you know the soap is really getting ot the dirty part of the clothing and i bet for certian items - like sweaters - it prevents fuzzballs on the outside.
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@Grandmaof2 (7602)
• Canada
18 Jan 08
I have always just tossed my clothes in the machines and think nothing of it. I love my T Shirts, I nearly said, "That's all I wear." but no I wear pants too. LOL. I do however wear T shirts all the time and I'm forever getting what would appear as grease spots on the front. Yes I can be a messy eater sometimes which is why my shoes are always clean ! hehehe, but seriously I bought a couple new T shirts for good to wear with my pants and although I never wore them to cook or eat in, they also wound up with a grease spot or two. I finally clued in that maybe it was either laundry detergent or my bounce sheets in the dryer so I started putting my T shirts in the washer and dryer inside out and guess what ? Yes No More Stains!!! Who knew ???
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@GardenGerty (127073)
• United States
20 Jan 08
Fabric softeners leave those greasy spots, especially on light colored clothes. I did not know the sheets were as bad as the liquids. I have switched to using vinegar in my fabric softener dispenser as it seems to leave my clothes brighter, and soft as well. It will not eliminate 100% of the static, but it is pretty good.
• Canada
20 Jan 08
That depends on if its new or old ... New I tend to wash inside out , but old just gets thrown in ... I do it that way cause mom always did , I never asked why
• United States
20 Jan 08
I was taught to leave them right side out because that is where the dirt is. If you look at socks if you turn them inside out sometimes them come out dirty when turn them back again. Turning some clothes inside out will save on buttons scarping keep them from being snaged on things.
@GardenGerty (127073)
• United States
20 Jan 08
Mom always said to turn napped fabrics inside out, as they brush themselves and get fluffier. I do not bother. Some clothing turns itself in the wash cycle. I have heard that it keeps down pilling of knit fabrics, but that does not make a lot of sense to me. I just toss my clothes however they come off of me.LOL
@bowtieguy (5917)
• United States
20 Jan 08
I was taugh by my mother to do this, she says that clothes get their dirtiest on the inside. It is because they touch your skin more and collect the dirt and oils from your skin that collect during the day and also help to refresh the fabrics.
@fianne (1058)
• United States
19 Jan 08
well, i put mine on the right side out. it is still the same for me. sweats will be washed away because it is being sank on the washing machine with soap. plus i iron them when they are dry. so it is ok for me with that position. it is more beneficial to me on the right side out because it is the one which always gets dirty like having stains, dirts, powders. so it's better for me to have it on the right side out.
@RenaeT (688)
• United States
19 Jan 08
I just wondered the same thing last week!! I was thinking maybe it's because the other clothes might catch on buttons or something, but I'm not sure. Maybe other's will know the answer!!