Sorting laundry into darks, lights and colors is just the first step. Darks include anything with deep-color dyes like black, red, navy, brown or dark gray. The lights are all whites and pastels. Color includes pink, lavendar, orange, yellow, light blue and green. Multiple colors in a print? Choose for the dominant color unless there’s any worry of bleed. Now, remove delicates that need hand washing and lint-givers like towels and rugs. And separate heavily soiled, stained, sweaty or smelly items for a separate washing. After checking care and fiber labels for the same water temperature and dry time. Pretreat stains before washing. Good preparation makes your clothes last longer, reduces do-overs and gives your washing process and products the best chance to do their cleaning best.