LadyJuse on Aug 10th 2015 at 11:14:45 PM
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BoukenDutch on Jun 27th 2018 at 2:19:07 AM
Page Type: Trope
Ah; fresh laundry. Nothing's better. Crisp and clean, colors bright and whites white.
Unless a red sock ended up in the wash. Now you have pink.
Used to be Truth in Television (and in some cases still is), and the reason why this trope happens is a fairly simple one: coloured clothes can have excess dye on them (especially if they're new or aren't washed very often), and even small amounts of dye become obvious in lighter clothes. If the two are washed together, there's a risk that some of the dye will be washed off and stain the lighter clothes.
Although this can happen with any combination of darker and lighter colored clothes getting washed together, the 'red clothes staining white clothes pink' example is by far the most frequently used and well known version. Mainly because Pink Is for Sissies, much to the horror of the macho man or tomboy owner of the recoloured garment (especially if they already got themselves in this mess by "reducing" themselves to doing their own laundry).
Is quickly becoming a Dead Horse Trope due to both the invention of better dyes and colour-fast detergents (to the relief of fans of striped clothing everywhere), and the fact that wearing pink isn't as much of a big deal anymore.
Compare Shrunk in the Wash.
- In one of the CN City bumpers, Samurai Jack and Johnny Bravo are washing their clothes in a laundromat. Jack's white clothes came out pink because Blossom's pink clothes somehow ended up in them.
- Foxtrot: Peter's sweater once ended up in the laundry with Paige's stuff, turning it from grey to pink... and making him popular with the girls for Real Men Wear Pink reasons. Too bad it was on the very last day of school.
- In one Get Fuzzy strip, Bucky's "lucky red sock" got in a load of Rob's whites, even though he doesn't wear socks normally, being a cat.
- In one Garfield strip, Jon accidentally dyes his underwear pink in the wash. He then gets an idea to leave it in the wash again with blue clothes to make purple underwear. Garfield sarcastically remarks Jon as a genius.
Films — Animation
- Incredibles 2: The page quote comes from a scene where a very tired Bob drops off Jack-jack at Edna's house, and begins to lament about the many blunders he made while trying to be a House Husband.
- In Despicable Me, Gru's spacesuit turns pink after he washes it with the Margo, Edith, and Agnes's ballerina tutus.
Films — Live-Action
- A throwaway scene in Spider-Man 2 has Peter Parker ruin his whites by washing them in the same load as his Spider-Man costume.
- An episode of Lois & Clark had A Day in Her Apron for John and Martha. Clark ended up with a pink shirt after his dad washed it with his Superman cape.
- The first episode of Tracy Beaker Returns has Liam arrested by the police after he pulls a scam where he offers to do someone's laundry and the clothes get turned pink after he sneaks in a red sock.
- The show Life with Derek has the family's whites turn pink when Derek tosses his red sweater into the dryer to get it warm.
- In one episode of House of Anubis, Mara does this to Mick as a spiteful prank for him thinking she's boring. She also turns it onto high, making his shorts not only pink, but too small for him.
- Sam does this to Freddie once on iCarly, in an effort to tricking him into thinking he was cursed by an internet chain letter.
- An episode of The Dumping Ground has Frank sneak his red Manchester United shirt into Rick and Faith's laundry. This results in Rick and Faith's laundry being turned pink and it is not discovered Frank was the culprit until Jody notices the ends of Frank's shirt have been turned pink.
- Hunter Street: In one episode, Daniel's white shorts end up in the same load as Anika's red jeans. Of course, they came out of the washing pink.
- Street Fighter: The reason Dan Hibiki's dougi is pink is that it used to be white, but it got mixed with some red clothes in the laundry.
- In Spongebob Squarepants Battle For Bikini Bottom, its mentioned that a villain named Prawn did this to Mermaid Man. For some reason, it's treated as some big deal.
- The Simpsons in "Stark Raving Dad", Homer takes out his shirt from the laundry, only to find it has been turned pink because Bart put his red cap in there. Since he's now the only one at work with a pink shirt instead of a white one, his boss Mr. Burns mistakes him for a free-thinking anarchist.
- An episode of Peppa Pig has Peppa put her red dress in with Daddy Pig's white shirt, which ends up turning the shirt pink.
- An episode of Mona the Vampire has Mona with her friends putting their clothes into a washing machine. Charlie asks Mona if they should separate the reds from the other clothes, to which Mona replies that Charlie shouldn't believe everything he sees on tv. This leads to everyone's' clothes turning pink (not just their whites, their clothes which aren't white as well).
- In the Futurama episode "Bendin' in the Wind", Fry, Leela, Amy and Zoidberg are following Bender (who is now a folk singer) on tour, when they stop at a laundromat. Zoidberg puts his shell in along with their laundry, causing it to look tie-dyed.
- Dexter's dad from Dexter's Laboratory went through this during A Day in Her Apron plot. When trying to do the laundry, he ended up dying Dexter's lab coat pink because he thought it was a good idea to wash them alongside Dee Dee's ballet tutus.
- Rugrats: In the episode "Accidents Happen", Dil's onesie gets washed and ends up pink.
- Invoked in Courage the Cowardly Dog. In "Ball of Revenge", Katz puts colorful clothes and white clothes together in the washing machine to torture Muriel.
- In the pilot episode of Apple & Onion, Onion has to get his boss's jacket cleaned after he accidentally smeared melted ice cream on it. While at the laundromat, Onion lets another customer wash his team's red uniforms along with his load. Unfortunately, this causes the boss's jacket to turn pink, and poor Onion gets fired.
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