Eli5:Why does clothing turn pink in cartoons? I’ve never seen this happen in real life, is it just an exaggeration or is it very much true?

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Eli5:Why does clothing turn pink in cartoons? I’ve never seen this happen in real life, is it just an exaggeration or is it very much true?

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When you wash clothes the first few times, some of the colouring will bleed into the other clothes. This is why we wash colours together and whites together. If you put something new and red in with your whites, your whites will turn pink

It has definitely happened to me. I had bought a mixed pack of underwear. If I remember right, the colors were black, light grey, navy and dark red. I put them all in the wash together and ended up having to toss the grey ones because they had turned grey-pink.

As other commenters have said, this pretty much only happens the first few times you wash certain colored items though.

Can confirm, did a “college load” with a red t-shirt from fast fashion, tinted my whites a light shade of pink. Cartoons exaggerate how pink, but it was definitely, unmistakably, pink.

This used to happen a lot more than it does now. Better fabrics and dyes mean fewer accidents, but it still occurs occasionally. It used to be a much bigger problem 30 years ago.

If you wash a brightly colored piece of clothing with white clothes in hot water, the color can bleed from the colored fabric to the white fabric. I’ve had this happen to me by accident. You should wash your colors separately from whites, or at least use cold water to avoid color bleeding.