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Despite the fact that I am normally in charge of doing the washing at home, it is not a job that I relish and therefore I don't take it too seriously. As a result, last summer I accidentally placed a bright red t shirt in a light wash which meant that the entire load came out pink. Not wanting to repeat this disaster again, my partner went on the hunt for some colour catch sheets which we could place within the washing machine to ensure that the colours would not run again. Being that there are only two of us in our household we do tend to do a couple of mixed colour washes a week as we never have enough to do a purely dark or light coloured wash and therefore these sheets promised to be very helpful.
The sheets that he came home with were these colour catcher variety. Brightly packaged in a red box with a rainbow of colour on the front illustrating that these are colour catchers I have to admit to liking the packaging. It is certainly bright and cheerful to look at and stands out amongst the other cleaning products in our kitchen cupboard. Inside the box we have 12 sheets of colour catcher. These sheets are simply designed to go inside the washing machine and capture the dyes released from clothing so that it doesn't mark other items. It is quite magical to me how a piece of almost a paper like substance can do this and I must admit to being a little sceptical when I first saw the box. That being said the manufacturers of this product say that these sheets are treated with special ingredients which trap loose dye and dirt during the wash and that ultimately the 'proof is in the sheet'.
To use these colour catchers we are told to place the sheet at the back of the machine drum before loading the washing into the machine. Then you are advised to follow your normal washing procedure i.e. put the washing powder and fabric softener into the machine and start a wash cycle. When I first used one of these colour catchers I must admit to wanting to test them to their full capacity and therefore put one sheet in amongst a mix of light coloured items and the infamous red t shirt.
Once the wash cycle has been completed you are advised to remove and dispose of the sheet and dry the clothing as soon as you are able. Taking my pile of clothing out of the machine I was initially impressed that none of the colours from the red t shirt had transferred to any of the other items. Normally there is a pink residue around the rim of lighter coloured undergarments which indicates that they were washed with a red item of clothing. Delving into the pile of clothes to find the colour fast sheet I was impressed that the sheet was pink in colour and therefore had seemingly picked up all the traces of colour within the wash and prevented them from going on my clothing. Another feature which I was particularly impressed with was the fact that both the box and the sheets are recyclable therefore I felt good to be doing something green as well as protecting my clothing.
I tend to use around one to two of these sheets a week with a mixed bag of washing and I find it a great way of ensuring that I can reduce the amount of wash loads I do whilst preserving the quality and colour of the clothes that I own. They really are very easy to use and it always amazes me how they work as they literally pick up all the traces of dye in the wash.
These colour catcher sheets are currently priced at £3 for 24 in my local Wilkinson which I think is very good value for money. Considering that I use around two per week one box gives me sufficient sheets for 3 months which is excellent in my opinion.
I would recommend these little sheets and as I have found no fault with them they score a fully deserved five stars.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
I trust Colour Catcher with all of my washes to protect the clothes from colour runs.
Colour Catchers come in a box which includes 24 sheets. Each sheet is a white paper like material which is simply just put in with the clothes you will be washing and the sheet does the rest for you. The sheet will catch any colours that run and prevent it from ruining clothes. When I take the washing out I am often surprised at how much colour has run as you can see what the colour catcher has caught.
The package states that it will prevent colour runs and allow mixed washes but I don't usually put mixed washes in just in case. I once put a new dark pair of jeans in with a white t-shirt by accident and it is now light blue therefore I now don't take a chance with mixed colour washes as I don't want more expensive clothes being potentially recoloured. It is more likely to be that the jeans hadn't been washed before though and not the colour catcher as I have never had any other problems with them otherwise.
The Colour Catcher can be put in with any wash but they can only be used once. This means it doesn't take long to go through a box of them. With myself and others in the house using one with each wash a couple of times a week they are usually gone within a few weeks.
Overall, these are a must have for my washing and I trust they will keep my clothes protected from running colours.
I picked a huge box of these up from Poundland back last year. I bought it as I had a few items that had to be washed alone because no matter how many times they were washed they still leaked colour.
The sheets come in different sized packets of 5, 12, 24 and 40 sheets. The sheets vary in price and at full price the large 40 sheet box is £4.50.
The sheets come in a cardboard box.which can be closed after you remove a sheet.
The sheets are described as clever laundry sheets they are designed to allow you to mix laundry with confidence knowing that coloured items won't run into whites or lighter coloured clothing. The box tells me that over time all clothes bleed colour which can build up on other items in the wash causing your clothes to look grubby over time.
The sheets are described as double action as they not only catch colour that has run in the wash but they also keep white clothes looking bright.
To use these sheets you need to place one at the back of the drum add detergent and wash as normal. After washing you need to discard the sheet and dry clothes immediately.
There are a few warnings on the back of the box telling you that new items need to be washed separately for 4-5 washes before mixing loads. Also you are advised to use 2-3 sheets for items more susceptible to colour runs these are dark colours like black and red.
The first time I used these sheets I was sceptical. I tried them on some older clothes of my daughters she wears fro nursery as she has sensitive skin I was her clothes in non-bio separately from my own this means that because she is only 2 it takes a long time to get a full load and some items end up in the wash basket for ages. I placed the clothes in together with one sheet and washed as normal. After washing I was pleased to see that the sheet was a grubby grey colour. The lighter clothes in the wash looked clean and bright and there were no colour runs.
I have also used these sheets on my bedding which is white with bright red flowers and the under-sheet is red in the past I have had to wash the items separately but I put them in together with 2 sheets and again the colour catcher sheet came out red and the bedding was lovely and clean.
These sheets are also great when I wash jeans which I always wash separately as I find they grain on other clothes and make them look grubby. I have lots of indigo jeans which constantly leak dye meaning they can't go in with my lighter jeans of grey ones but with these sheets I can wash with confidence.
I would recommend these sheets, there is something satisfying about the end result after the wash when you see the colour of the sheet, even in a completely white wash the sheet looked grey and grubby afterwards. They are expensive but overall when you weight up the fact that you can wash less they are great value.
Product: Dylon colour catchers.
Price: 24 sheets for £3.20 at tesco
What is it all about?
Dylon colour catchers are an unremarkable looking sheet of paper which may easily be mistaken for a piece of scrap paper. Alas you would be wrong by thinking this. These sheets actually contain a "pro tex colour system" which is meant to prevent colours running from clothes in the wash. This is meant to allow you to wash mixed loads of clothes, meaning less washer loads which in turn saves energy and money. They are also meant to keep clothes looking bright wash after wash.
They are safe to use when hand washing, washing at all temperatures and fabrics.
The sheets are then biodegradable and can be recycled (apparently!!!)
Why did I use these?
Ok the honest part, I had never thought about using these sheets, until I was sent them for free to try from BzzAgent. Receiving them for free will by no means affect my opinion and review of the product.
Did they work?
To be honest I didn't expect much from these sheets. I put one in the wash with my son's new school uniform (red jumper) and the rest of my mixed load washing. I really didn't expect the jumper to run but when I took out the washing the sheet was pink.
Even washing old clothes I was surprised how much colour ran from them and the murky grey sheet which was removed from the washing.
I also used these sheets after I had used a machine colour dye. I put them in the wash when it was cleaning the drum and it attracted the left over dye and told me that my washer needed another clean. I used it in the next few washes after this and found it grey for a few washes afterwards.
As for recycling, I have no idea where you can take them to be recycled, but part of the BzzCampaign was to use it for art. My children enjoyed cutting them into strips and weaving them, cutting shapes out and sticking them to paper. We also made a lovely dress for a teddy. So they can be reused as art supplies.
Are they worth it?
I'm so glad I used the colour sheets in the wash after using the dye, I feel it helped to keep my clothes free of the left over dye which I wouldn't have known about. I am also glad I used it when washing my son's new uniform, I don't think he would have been impressed if his white PE t-shirt had been dyed pink.
For £3.20 I think they are slightly expensive, and as for saving money.... I think the cost of the product offsets any saving made by mixing wash loads. They do work, and if you only have one or 2 loads of washing a week it may be of use to save you money, but as a busy family who regularly do 2 loads of washing a day, we have plenty of "sorted" full loads anyway without having to worry about mixed loads and colours running.
As a Bzz Agent I get samples to try out every now and then.
When I received an email inviting me to trial colour catchers I was very interested - after all with a baby in the household currently being weaned the washing mountain is endless so a promise of less sorting and less loads sounds like a dream come true to me!
Thinking anything us worth a try if it may save time and money I eagerly signed up.
The first wash I did I was very cautious and put a load that was of similar colours in just to see if the colour catcher would catch anything (they state that they can capture elements of dye which will keep your clothes looking brighter and newer for longer)
To my amazement when I emptied the washer the colour catcher had darkened to an almost dark denim shade, although if I hadn't added it the load I wouldn't have seen any difference to the load immediately, but it does highlight to me that the lighter clothes in the load would be affected over time.
Feeling a bit more brave I did a second load but again I wasn't too adventurous. Unfortunately (or possibly luckily seeing as the colours weren't wildly different) this time the colour catcher got stuck in the door seal and just came out a bit dirty and dripping wet!
Sticking with it I then tried a cold wash of delicates. The colour catcher didn't seem to capture any colour at all which leaves me with the assumption that it works better in a hotter wash.
I have since used the colour catchers with a positive result and now have a nice selection of grey, blue, purple and pink strips!
Obviously if the strips are coming out coloured then they are absorbing dye from the garments - and as of yet I have not found any garment that has come out discoloured.
So it would appear that, other than the odd renegade catcher, that this product does indeed save you time (less sorting of loads) and money (less loads and other that look newer for longer) just as they promised.
Looks like I will be adding this to my shopping list!
Item: Colour Catcher Washing Machine Sheets
Pack size: 20 sheets
Bought in: Asda
I bought these as I was fed up having a dark pile and a whites piles in the laundry room then a pile where I thought, what wash do these go in??? haha
These sheets come in a super colourful, bold and bright red box. It has "Colour Catcher" written across the front in white with coloured "bubbles" and a technicolour washing machine drum behind it too. The box states "The proof is in the sheet! Prevents colour runs, allows mixed washes" so when I read that I was sold. The side of the box details some general hints and tips on how to deal with coloured washes. The back of the box has more detailed instructions that are accompanies with cartoon diagrams which make it even easier to work out how to use them. The box has a perforated line around the top 3 side of the box, once you press this to open the top is made in to a flip top lid, that unfortunately never closes over again. No section to clip the lid back in the box so I tend to have to keep these in the box but popped in a sandwich bag to keep them from falling out the box in the cupboard. The box is also made of quite thin cardboard so loses its shape and sturdy frame once opened. This is quite annoying and makes the box quite useless and tatty looking after initial use. The sheets are flat and less than half a centimetre thick and measure 27.5cm in length and 12cm in width.
You are directed from the box to place 1 sheet at the back of the drum before loading the machine. It also advises to use 2 to 3 sheets for new, dark or non-colour fast garments. Then you load the washing, put in your detergent as normal and once the washing cycle has finished you just discard the sheet. I do all of the above and find the process really simple. The last wash I used them for had a delicate white cardigan, a white and dark blue strip top, dark trousers and a mixture of socks, pants and PJ's. The sheet came out grey and thicker than it was to start with owing to it being wet. The colours hadn't run at all and the whites were still white rather than grey or any other colours. In washed where I have had in greens and reds and blues the sheet still seems to come out grey so I guess that once any colours run out the all combine to make a grey colour.
The sheets have a slightly perfumed fragrance to them but this doesn't seem to overpower the detergent you use so I'm not sure why they have bothered to scent them. They are really handy to have in the cupboard, I don't use them every week, just when I am left with a pile of clothes that resemble Josephs technicolour dream coat. If you only need one per wash they work out at approx 11p per sheet so not overly expensive but I feel that if I used them in every wash I would be wasting my money as they are not always required.
Happy to give these 4 stars as they have so far saved me having to separate a lot of colourful washes but a star has been taken off as the box is really flimsy and does required me to store it in a bag to keep the sheets together.
I've been using a Dylon Colour Catcher sheet in every wash since I had a box given to me that someone no longer wanted. The variety I have is a double action box containing 24 sheets. It is supposed to prevent the colours from running which allows a mixed load. Also, they are meant to protect colour intensity "wash after wash". A box like this cost around the £3.20 mark but are often on offer. This makes them about 13 pence per sheet which I think is good value if it is going to save me doing more loads of washing and thus use more electricity, detergents and water.
These are white sheets which come folded in 3 measuring about 9.5cm wide x 21.5 cm long. You place the sheet into the back of the washing machine drum and then loads your laundry.After the wash has finished, stare in awe at the sheet at what it has achieved (ok, maybe that's just me) and then discard. The sheet is biodegradable.
My household gets through about 3 loads of washing a week and includes my daughter's school uniform compromising white socks, polo shirts and a dark green cardigan. My son has dark trousers and vibrant red polo-shirt for his pre-school uniform. These sheets had never let me down and I would put everything in together and all the clothes would come out clean and fresh. Any dirt or dye that had 'run' would be visible on the sheet. I was always impressed that it had worked its magic so to speak and was confident and proud that this hadn't gone back onto the garments.
Now, I would have undoubtedly awarded this product an outstanding 5 stars if it hadn't been for the load of washing I have just done! I have just washed my red and white spotty bedding and like usual, placed the Colour Catcher in the drum. Somehow a white vest and one white sock emerged when I was taking this out and are now a dappled pink colour. This, I have no doubt, was down to some felt tip pen that had marked my sheets...(don't you just love children sometimes?!) and that had possibly been the cause. The sheet that came out with that load was unusually pale too so whether this was a "one-off" or a fluke, I do not know but it has made me reluctant to be confident in putting absolutely any item of clothing in with one another now.
I haven't noticed any fading to my laundry so I do believe the claims that it keeps the colour intensity. I shall continue to use these myself and i would recommend these to a friend but with a sign of caution re the felt tip pen incident. I have awarded it 4 stars as it isn't 100% reliable with all stains and dyes.
Being part of the bzz agent programme, I got enrolled on sampling Colour Catcher by Dylon. Honestly, I had no real idea about what the product was and so when I received the email to state that the product was to be sent to me, I did abit of internet research to see what I was getting.
In short, its a piece of paper that goes in the washing machine and basically allows you to throw all your clothes into washing machine and no need to separate into colours and whites. The sheet picks up any running colours and stops them from getting onto your whites. Simple, yet clever.
The box arrived in the post. Its a red box with 24 sheets inside. It states on the front that it keeps colours brighter for longer and prevents colour runs.
On the side it states
* Less sorting
* Save time, water, energy and detergent
* More environmentally friendly
* Sheet is biodegradable
* No release of chemicals
* FSC certified
Take one sheet of colour catcher and open it out. Lay it at the back of the washing machine before loading the clothes. Follow the cycle as per your garment instruction. When finish, just dispose of the sheet into the bin.
Are folded into three and sit in the box. They are no individually wrapped. They are white and feed like dried out paper. There is not really a smell to them, but maybe a very slight smell of washing powder. Only slight.
Certain colours may run which include dark and intense colours. They recommend that you up the number of sheets in the washing machine
Having got the washing out of the washing machine, I located the sheet and found that it had gone from white to a grey colour. The sheet was dry, so you can see that it had attracted colour to it. All my white washing (I had put my bed sheets in all together) were all still intact. Whites were still whites and my colours were still the same as they went in.
So it has done its job. I laid the sheet on a white piece of paper and you can clearly see how much colour was attracted to the sheet.
It rather than doing two loads, I have only had to do one. Saving on everything. Is this the future for my household though? Am I to invest in colour catcher and use it on a regular basis? Well at £2.40 from Tesco at the moment, its very likely that I will continue to use it. I have done 3 washes with it now and not had one problem so far.
The washing machine is on constantly, whether it be for my daughter's endless amount of dirty babygros or for my husband when he suddenly tells me he needs a jumper washing by the morning. As a result, when I saw these Dylon colour catcher sheets in Tesco, I bought them to see if I could combine washes and cut down the use of time, energy and water. I have purchased these a few times, the best I've paid being £2 when on special offer in Tesco, I think they usually retail for around £3 and are available in all of the supermarkets.
Packaging and Sheets
The packaging is nothing special, a red cardboard box that has a perforated edge two thirds of the way up. The box opens once this is pressed inwards. There are 24 sheets per box, they are white and look a bit like thick recycled paper. They are around 25cm x 15cm in size when unfolded. They have a lovely fresh smell to them, a similar scent that you get from washing powder. The box is easily stored as it is very slim, they should however be kept out of reach of children.
How to Use
The sheets are easily separated from each other. To use, 1 sheet is unfolded and placed at the back of the machine before the washing is loaded in. Then normal washing powder (or similar) is added. The wash is carried out as normal - the sheet is designed to draw any excess colours that run in the wash and loose dirt to it. For heavy loads and those that have a poor colour fastness, the instructions suggest using 2 or more sheets and to wash denim and towels separately as their colour loss I assume must be too large. It then says that items should be dried as soon as possible. I have a washer dryer and it states on the side of the box that they are suitable for use in dryers so there's no need for me to wait until the wash part finishes to remove them, I can just let the machine get on with the whole cycle.
I'm torn on my opinion of these sheets. I really like them in the fact that around 95% of the time I use them, the washing comes out clean and no colours have run into one another and onto other garments; everything is as it should be. You can sometimes see marks on the sheet where the colour has been attracted to it so it has helped to stop those colours running onto other garments in the wash. The lighter colours in a coloured wash eg grey and yellow usually haven't been ruined by reds and blues. They also work very well in washes with denim on their own. I use them in these instances because I don't want the dye from jeans to still be in the drum for the next wash especially if that next wash is whites. The sheets come out very dark blue every time so I don't deny that it's quality of drawing the dye to it is good. I always air on the side of caution using them, with 2 sheets going in most washes unless it's a small wash because I am paranoid of the colours running into one another.
The issue I have is that I find I can never quite trust them and to me, this kind of defeats their purpose. For the 95% of the time that they work fantastically, the other 5% they don't work well and I've ended up with small dye stains on garments. I never know which washes will fall into this 5%! I have noticed though that this happens mostly with my daughter's outfits. I tend to wash her items on their own and not with ours, just because it's a routine we've got into. She has a lot of pink items of clothing. There have been a few occasions were the pink from tops and bibs, in particular the bright pink colours, has ended up on her lighter coloured tops eg sky blue and bright yellow coloured items and become unusable as they look unsightly.
The box also comes with a huge list of precautions. One of which is 'reasonable care should be taken if mixing colours with whites'. This is such a broad statement to make. It therefore makes me think twice about trying to wash colours and whites together at all because it sounds as though unless you are extremely careful examining all of your garments, it is inevitable that some colour running might occur even with using the sheets. I don't have the time to start examining everything carefully before it goes in the washing machine and the reason I bought these was because I thought they would save time, not use it up. Another precaution is that their use can't be guaranteed where large quantities of dye runs from non-colourfast garments. Again, I find this is such a broad statement - maybe it's just that I'm not as clued up on clothing materials as I should be but I'm not the sort of person that can tell from quickly looking at a garment whether it's going to run lots of colour from it or not, unless it's obvious like from dark denim jeans!
I rate these 3 stars overall - they are great when they work, but unfortunately I have had a few occurrences of running dyes in washes and this has knocked my confidence in using them to the point that I will never put colours and whites together as I don't trust that the whites will come out without marks on. This, and the precautionary notes that they have on the box put me off. I can't risk trying it as I don't want to end up having to buy new clothes! I do still buy the catchers on a regular basis, but not for use to mix washes, only to catch the colours within the normal washes that I used to put on anyway. Perhaps saving time isn't the reason that they are available, but that was what I purchased them for and unfortunately I've not managed to cut out the number of washes I have to do each week.
Thanks for reading :o)
I was the worlds worst when it came to carrying out the laundry, particularly as I wash for only my husband and myself and as a consequence, I tended to stick everything in on the same wash. Whilst my husband's Next tee shirts were once of a gleaming white, let them have an hour with me when I would transform them into a lovely shade of pale pink! It didn't matter what went into the machine - my lovely cerise colour bath towels, a bath mat and a couple of white tee shirts - oops! However, an opportunity to try some of Dylon's Colour Catchers was more than welcomed and this review discusses my experience.
Whilst I was made aware of Colour Catchers a few years ago through reading online reviews and my mother's positive experience, I made no attempt to make my own purchase. Consequently, trying out some of the colour catchers for free was a fabulous opportunity for me, particularly as I've been fortunate enough to receive three twin packs over a period of time. Colour catchers are white coloured anti-transfer odourless sheets, which measure approximately 12 cm x 24½ cm with their texture being similar to that of a thin sheet of cardboard.
The idea is that you position the sheets at the rear of the washing machine drum prior to placing the laundry inside. Whilst one sheet is generally suitable for my needs, I would advise that a further one or two sheets may be required, particularly for cotton fabrics or darker colours. However, we are informed that new colour garments should be washed separately for the first five or six washes. After placing the laundry in the machine, your normal washing powder or gel should be used with the appropriate washing cycle selected.
As we are advised that jeans and towels should always be washed separately and not placed with other garments, my general use of Colour Catchers is with my husband's white tee shirts and my coloured tops. Unfortunately, the sheets are not designed to remove dyes from garments that are already coloured, so I ended up forking out to replace my husband's lovely feminine pink tee shirts. I must admit that I was initially a little apprehensive about mixing colours, particularly following my previous escapades, so I tried only a few items to see what happened. I was pleasantly surprised at the results, as my husband's white tee shirt remained white and had not taken on the colour of the cerise coloured ribbon adorning my black bra and pants!
The appearance of the Colour Catcher was another matter, as it displayed a lovely shade of pink, which would have previously transferred to my husband's tee shirt. Whilst Dylon state that the sheet should be disposed of, I find that they are fine for a further couple of uses dependent upon the level of colour it has drawn from garments. The idea behind Colour Catchers is extremely clever, as they are anti-transfer sheets, which have been treated with special ingredients that act like a magnet, which subsequently traps any loose dye and dirt during the washing cycle.
I must admit that these days I am more careful with sorting out the laundry and tend to separate light and dark colours, particularly if I have a sufficient amount for two loads. However, I know that I can always pop in a Colour Catcher on those occasions when I need to run only one load of mixed colours.
Whilst a box of Dylon's Colour Catchers, which contains twenty four sheets normally retail at £3.20, at the time of writing you can make a purchase from Tesco for just £2.00, which represents excellent value for money, particularly as they are so effective and prevent me from having to replace my husband's tee shirts!
Due to the reasons discussed above, I feel a five star rating to be appropriate together with a high recommendation.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I buy my Dylon Colour Catcher Sheets from Home Bargains where they cost only £2.25 for a box of 24 sheets. This is the cheapest I have found them and I always ensure I have a spare box of them underneath my kitchen cupboard, alongside the rest of my laundry products. I don't use them every time I do a load, but if I am washing colours and I'm a little bit unsure if colours are going to run, then I will often use one. Last week I washed a whole load of colours and I'd put in a new top with them which was a deep plum in colour. Not really thinking about it, I washed the whole lot together, only to discover that some of the clothes had absorbed the plum colour, which had run off from the new plum top. Totally my fault, but I know that if I'd used one of my Colour Catchers then that simply wouldn't have happened.
These sheets are all boxed together in a cardboard flattish container and the idea is that you simply put one into the drum with your dirty laundry and then wash as you normally would. I've used them lots of time, mainly if I have been washing a mixture of whites and colours together at the same time. You don't really think that the colours are running, but at the end of the wash cycle when I remove the clothing and look for the little white sheet, it's clearly evident from its colour change that it has indeed 'caught' the colours and prevented them from seeping onto the whites.
It saves a lot of time and it also means that I don't really have to keep sorting my piles of dirty washing into whites and colours, though I still have a habit of doing this anyway. When I was in hospital with my daughter I left a box of these out for my husband to use in case of 'accidents' as he's really hopeless at using the washing machine.
They are a fantastic idea and a really good time saving device if you're in a hurry and can't be bothered to sort your washing or even if you are trying to make up a load and only have a mixture of both whites and colours. They are available to buy in most supermarkets and are so easy to use.
I am a Bzzagent which means I get sent products to review and then I share my views, reviews, products and opinions with others. A couple of weeks ago I was sent a pack of Dylon Color Catcher Sheets to try out in my laundry.
I had seen this before but I had never used them. No idea why as they have in the last couple of weeks become an essential part of my laundry! I live with my Husband who wears many bright coloured shirts for work, my 22 month old son who like most toddlers gets his clothes covered in food and general dirt most days so his clothes are always in the wash, and our 12 week old daughter who unfortunately suffers badly from reflux so my washing basket is full of muslins, bibs and clothes.
The idea of them is that they catch any colours that run from your clothes, therefore allowing you to wash whites and colours together without having to worry about a white shirt turning pink!
We always have plenty of laundry to do and I started using these sheets as soon as I received them. They are off white, like thick bits of paper, a bit stiff and about the size of a sheet of notepaper. You place one in your washing machine before you add the clothes. The first load I did I used older clothes that wouldn't matter too much of the colour catcher didn't work, but when the wash had finished and I found the colour catcher sheet it had turned a dark purpley colour. Proof that it did work, as none of my whites had changed colour!
I have continued to use the sheets in all my washes and I have not worried at all about putting whites and colours together, and each time the colour catcher sheet has come out with a different colour on it! I have not had any very vivid or dark colour runs on the sheets, but then our clothes do get washed alot so some colour may have already come out of them before I started using the sheets. Maybe I should treat myself to some new clothes to see how they fair!
The sheets retail for around £3 for 24 sheets, which I think is very good value, and I believe you can buy them in smaller and larger size packs than this.
They are very time saving as if like me all your washing goes in to one pile, you no longer have to spend ages fishing the whites out, you can just grab a load of washing and put it all in the machine without worrying because the colour catcher does the work for you.
As a member of BzzAgent.co.uk I'm often given free products to try and samples to give to friends. The latest campaign at BzzAgent was for this Dylon Colour Catcher. It's a laundry aid that allows you to wash different coloured clothing in the same cycle and which leaves clothes looking bright and fresh. Inititally I wasn't sure I would be able to get excited about this product but after using it I'm very surprised at how much I'm now championing the product!
I'd never used anything like this before and didn't know what to expect. I was bemused when I opened the pack and found a lot of small handkerchief sized white sheets. They look like dried baby wipes or tissues made out of a durable fabric. My instant thought was "how can one of these sheets make the slightest bit of difference to my laundry?". As a BzzAgent I'm supplied with a booklet about the product which contains more information than is usually available from reading the product packaging so I read it thoroughly.
I learned that these Colour Catcher Sheets have a "pro-tex science" which traps any colours that run in the wash. Apparantly dye from clothes contains negative ions whilst Colour Catcher sheets are positively charged and attract the negative ions, sucking the colour up before it leaks into another item of clothing. The sheet also picks up any dirt that's floating around in the water so that it isn't left on your clothes.
To use the sheets you have to place just one inside the drum of your washing machine along with your laundry. You can also use them in hand washing. They are suitable for use at any temperature. You can put different coloured clothes together but if they are very intensely coloured you may need two Colour Catcher sheets. You have to place the sheet at the back of the drum then add your detergent as you would normally.
I was really shocked after the first time I used one of the sheets. I pulled it out of the drum and it was dark red and dirty black, like a tie-dye handkerchief. It had picked up all the red and dark dyes from my darker clothes which, to be honest, I didn't think would lose that much colour. My clothes which were a mix of lighter colours and darker all looked great and no colour had passed from one item to another. The sheet had also collected some scum-like dirt which was sticking to the side.
I've since used the Colour Catcher sheets many times. I find myself selecting items of clothes or household linens to 'test' the Colour Catcher's ability. They have not failed yet!
A box of Dylon Colour Catcher contains either 5, 12, 24 or 40 sheets. I'd recommend getting a larger box as I have really enjoyed using these. Prices start at £4.74. The packaging looks a little dated but is printed with a lot of information about how to use the sheets and how the technology works. There is also a great section on the box which tells you about how the product is environmentally friendly. The brand point out that because you can mix your clothes you have to do fewer washes saving energy, money and time. The sheets are biodegradable and contian no harmful chemicals that will leak into the water system. The sheets are also made out of raw materials which are certified as coming from a responsible location by the Forest Stwardship Council.
I'm really pleased with this product and am enjoying using the sheets very much. I'm very impressed by how effective they are in leaving clothes free from leaking dyes. I also like that they can keep clothes looking bright and clean therefore prolonging the life of your clothes. I would certainly buy these in the future.
As a Bzzagent I was given the chance to try Dylon Colour Catchers for free, when my Bzz kit arrived I was happy to see a full size pack (24 sheets) of Colour Catchers and 5 sample size packs. The sample packs are for me to give away and the full size pack is for me to trial over the next couple of weeks. Dylon Colour Catches usually retail around £3-£5 for a box of 24 sheets. There are smaller size packs available and the price varies accordingly.
The packaging for Colour Catchers is very eye catching as it is mostly red in colour and is very easy to spot on the supermarket shelves. The packaging tells me that the sheets are double action, preventing colour runs and keeping colours brighter for longer. The packaging also tells me that the use of Colour Catchers will allow me to do mixed washes and that I can wash with confidence.
Colour Catchers are simple to use. I got a wash together of mixed colours, some light pinks and purples and some darker greens and blues, not a wash I would usually put together and loaded it into my 9kg machine, I then removed a Colour Catcher from the pack and laid it atop the laundry towards the back of the drum. Added powder (Daz) and fabric conditioner (Lenor Sunshine Days) and set the machine going.
Feeling slightly dubious about the supposed colour catching power of these rather plain looking sheets and worried about how well they would stand up to the rigours of a 40c wash lasting for 90 minutes I got a sheet out the pack for closer inspection. Each bright white sheet has a fibrous texture; I can see strands that make the sheet. The sheets make me think of blotting paper but not as thick. The sheet has no discernable smell which reassures me that no chemicals are used in the colour catching process.
The pack tells me that the sheets have a unique Pro-Tex Colour System that provides a double action by trapping tiny particles of loose dye, thereby preventing dye build up on other garments. These sheets are also suitable for hand washing and are safe in the dryer too and can be used with all colours and fabrics. It is also worth bearing in mind that some fabrics lose more dye than others so throwing your favourite white top in with your brand new blue jeans and a Colour Catcher still runs the risk of dye running. Reasonable care should be taken.
Once the washing machine had finished I popped open the door and emptied the laundry into a basket and started searching for the Colour Catcher, I really wanted to see if anything had happened. I found the wet Colour Catcher scrunched up among the clothes, still in one piece. This made me very happy as I was slightly concerned the Colour Catcher would break up like a tissue when it goes through the wash. The Colour Catcher had a blue tinge to it and the lighter coloured clothes still look fresh and bright.
I have been using the Colour Catchers for around a week now, one in each wash regardless of what I am washing. The Colour Catcher always comes out in one piece and it is quite interesting to see what colour it will be. I am quite surprised that colour still runs from some of my older clothes as I thought they had stopped loosing dye ages ago.
Using Colour Catchers in each wash has allowed me to do mixed loads, thereby cutting down on the amount of washes I do in a week, which saves me time and cuts down on the amount of detergent I use. Reassuringly the sheets and the packaging are recyclable so I am not adding to a landfill somewhere in my quest for clean laundry and the sheets are FSC Certified (the raw materials come from a responsible source).
I genuinely believe that my laundry is looking a little brighter since I started using Colour Catchers and I will continue using the Colour Catchers till the pack has finished and I probably will purchase again as I like the reassurance that my clothes are not spreading dye to each other and affecting the brightness of my favourite things and that if a dark item gets in a light wash I have the Colour Catcher to help prevent colour runs and the whole load being ruined.
At around £3-£5 for a pack of 24 they are cheap enough to throw in the basket along with the wash powder, fabric conditioner and stain remover each month.
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Dylon Colour Catcher Sheets
The first time I tried these I was given a sample from one of the many freebie sites I subscribe to. I have to admit they probably are not a product that I was looking for or would have thought I needed but having tried them I became hooked.
These colour catcher sheets come in Colour catcher sheets come in a cardboard box and are available is three size packs including 12,24 or 40 sheets. They costs obviously vary a bit but the 24 pack from Tesco cost about £2 at this time on a special offer. Colour catcher is made by Dylon a company I know best for their little tins of dye but now also make many laundry products.
Colour catcher is sort of dry tissue similar to a dry wet wipe or a dryer thing that you put in to soften and stop static. It is treated with some sorts of special ingredients that attracts and absorbs dyes and dirt that run off your clothes in the washing machine before they have a chance to get into your other clothes in the wash. You know that awful sinking feeling when you open the washing machine door and find all your husband's socks are pink or all your white undies are a sludgy grey? Well this stops all those stomach sinking door opening events. All you have to do is pop one of these little sheets in with your mixed wash and see all the colour transfer s that were avoided by looking at the colour of the sheet after the wash.
The sheet goes in a white and after the wash is finished it comes out a choice of varying fairly yukky colours created from the colours in your wash mixed to a very undesirable colour. It is a bit like paint brush water, all the colours start nice but end up mixing to be really awful. Mine usually come out a dull unattractive blue or sludgy grey as my washes often have dark coloured jeans etc in them.
I was concerned initially that these sheets would add to landfill but I have discovered that they are biodegradable which means that the sheet will break down naturally over time. You can also use them for hand washing in the machine and the sheet s are also suitable for all fabrics at any temperature. I ahve to say i have not used them for hand washing as I can easily start with light colours and move to darker ones but in the machine I often had 'accidents' before buying these.
I do still try to keep my washes relatively separated and do whites separately from darks but occasionally something slips through the sort and sometimes things i have thought are colour fast have ended up not being and this saves the stress.
I use these by just popping a sheet in with the rest of the wash. Sometimes I put it in forst and sometimes after I have filled the machine with the wash and suddenly feel that maybe something might run, then add detergent as usual either in the wash in a plastic ball or in the drawer. You can also still use fabric softener without ruining the sheet's properties. According to the manufacturer the sheets contain no chemicals. They describe them in this way, "the sheet acts like a magnet, trapping loose dye and dirt during the wash". The sheet can only be used once so after the wash put it in the recycling bin.
I do still try to wash all white clothing separately as the sheets are not really recommended for whites. It is also suggests that any new coloured clothing is washed separately for at least the first 5 or 6 washes. It is quite a shock when you see the colour of the previously white sheets when they come out after a wash and it does make you realise how much colours must get smudged and blurred in a wash.
I guess the colour fast sheets won't be as effective on new brightly coloured clothes, as the recommendation is to wash new colours separately for at least 5 or 6 washes before combining with your regular wash. I tend to do this anyway especially with dark coloured fabrics which tend to let the dye run out quickly over the first couple of washes, and of course jeans and towels should always be washed separately.
The pack does warn that the sheet cannot be guaranteed where large quantities of dye run from non colour fast items of clothing so they are not completely 100% guaranteed so beware if you are washing a mixed load with a pair of new black jeans or similar. Luckily I have not had a problem but I do still sort my washes into dark and light so that may help.
I have used the sheets at different temperatures varying 30 degrees and sometimes I have washed at hotter temperatures of about 50 degrees and the sheets have always done the job. They not only prevent colour runs but because colours are not being picked up even subtly I have found my clothes stay more colour true as well.
So in short yes they work and you can see the colour that has been caught after each wash. I don't use them in every wash as most of my stuff I know what is safe and what isn't. I do use it when washing my step son's stuff or if we have guests staying and also if I am washing something I have not washed before. In other words if I am in any way unsure of a load, in goes a colour catcher sheet.
They work and they are not too expensive and they are certainly a lot cheaper than giving to replace stuff that has been ruined by a mistake in the wash. My husband isn't keen of pink undies and i hate grey ones and my step son has so many pale coloured T shirts and he is very gussy about either colour run error pink or sludgy grey.
These are great they work and they are not expensive. You do have to remember to put them in the machine though!
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