Status: 01.10.2023, 15:34 p.m.
By: Andrea Stettner
Even grandma knew: Laundry should always be turned inside out before washing. But is that really true? And if so, why?
When it comes to garments, a basic distinction is made between the inside and the outside. The beautiful outside is referred to as the "right side" in the textile industry, the inside as the "left side". If you turn your pants inside out for washing as recommended, turn the inside out. But is this really necessary, or can this step be saved?
Why should you wash clothes inside out?
Before washing, the laundry should be turned inside out to protect the textiles. (Symbolic image) © Zoonar.com/Oleksandr Latkun/Imago
Of course, the recommendation to wash clothes inside out is not obligatory – but it does make sense: If you turn your laundry upside down, you protect your clothes from premature wear and color changes. The quality is maintained for longer. The reasons for this are:
- Possible color transfer: The risk of your favorite shirt discoloring unsightly during washing is lower if you turn the inside out.
- Fabric stays beautiful longer: If clothes are turned inside out, you protect the outside from abrasion and your clothes will stay like new for longer.
- Protection of imprints, applications, etc.: Many garments are printed or have decorative elements such as embroidery or sequins. These are protected during the wash cycle when the fabric has been turned inside out.
What laundry to turn inside out?
Especially in the case of clothing made of delicate materials, it is worth turning the textiles over before washing. These include, for example, delicate fabrics made of silk, wool or lace. But shirts or sweaters with prints, elaborate applications or other decorations also stay beautiful longer.
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What many people don't know is that zippers on trousers or jackets can tear holes in other textiles during the wash cycle. To protect them, you should turn zippered laundry items – including bed linen – inside out before washing. If you are unsure, you can also take a look at the sewn-in washing slip: The care label can also contain a corresponding note.