Product Type: Dylon household products
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The proof really is on the sheet!
Dylon Colour Catcher
Member Name: FridaysArePurple
Dylon Colour Catcher
Advantages: Does exactly what it claims to do
These Colour Catcher sheets manufactured by Dylon are designed to help prevent clothes being stained by colours that have run in the wash. The Colour Catcher sheets are white in colour (to begin with!) and are about 30cm x 15cm. They feel like stiff paper and have no smell to them. To use, all you have to do is unfold a sheet and place it in the drum of the washing machine before loading the washing and detergent as normal. During the wash, the Colour Catcher traps any dyes that have leaked out of clothes and absorbs them out of the water so your clothes are much less likely to be stained or become dull.
On the front of the Colour Catcher box it claims 'The proof is on the sheet!' In my experience this is absolutely true. When the Colour Catcher is removed at the end with the wash cycle, I find that it is never white like it was to begin with, but usually grey or pinkish, depending on what it is that I have washed. It is really surprising that this can still be the case even with clothes that are no longer new and have been washed many times before. To me, this shows that Colour Catchers do indeed do what they claim to do.
I often commit the ultimate washing sin and shove jeans and white T-shirts all in the same wash and I can now rest easy knowing that an inadvertent tie dye disaster is much less likely. Although I should just mention that on the box it does, of course, recommend that reasonable care should be taken to separate coloured clothes from whites and that jeans and towels should be washed together separately. Also, as common sense dictates, new coloured items should be washed separately for the first few washes as well.
Each box of Colour Catchers contains 24 sheets and I always use a single sheet per wash which is the standard recommendation. Dylon advises that 2 to 3 sheets are used when washing items with poor colour fastness. The sheets are disposable however on some occasions when I have removed one from the wash and it doesn't look that stained, I have left it to dry and just put it in again with the next wash and I didn't encounter any problems.
A standard box of Colour Catchers (containing 24 sheets) costs £2 from Asda and they are also available in all the other major supermarkets and many high street household shops. All in all, I think these are a good buy and the proof really is on the sheet!
Summary: Cheap and effective at preventing colour runs