Product Type: Dr. Beckmann household products
Newest Review: ... a slightly different product offered by the Dr Beckmann brand. These 'Colour & Dirt Collectors' as the name suggests, offer a slightly... more
Dr Beckmann Protects My Laundry
Dr Beckmann Colour & Dirt Collector
Member Name: jo1976
Dr Beckmann Colour & Dirt Collector
Advantages: Easy to use, prevents colour run and dulling of clothing
Disadvantages: Adds to the overall cost of laundry
As a working mother of three boys, I always look for ways to streamline my life and keep household chores to a minimum. I generally wash all my laundry together in one mixed load, rather than sorting it out into whites, coloured and delicates. This not only saves time (and my sanity) but is also cost effective as it reduces the number of separate wash-loads that I need to do each week. My washing machine has a generous 8kg load capacity so I find it much easier to bung everything in together, rather than washing smaller loads more frequently.
Mixed washing is generally problem free, certainly at 40 degrees or less but I have had a few mishaps in the past with new, dark coloured items running and spoiling the entire load. I usually use Colour Catcher sheets in with every wash to prevent any colour run but recently discovered a slightly different product offered by the Dr Beckmann brand. These 'Colour & Dirt Collectors' as the name suggests, offer a slightly different benefit as they also claim to remove dirt that is loosened during the washing process and prevent it from attaching back on to clean clothing. This is in addition to its primary purpose of stopping any dyes running from stronger coloured clothing, minimising the greying effect that mixed washing can have on clothes over time, particularly on white clothing and underwear.
These Dr Beckmann Colour Collectors follow the same principle as the sheets that I've used previously. The packet contains 30 disposable textured sheets which go straight into the washing machine drum along with your normal load. One sheet is usually sufficient for each wash load but the packaging does recommend using two sheets for heavily dyed garments or those with poor colour fastness. I usually just use a single sheet without any issues, even within a large 8kg load, but would use two for items such as new jeans, particularly dark blue denim which does tend to run, even in a 40 degree wash.
After use, the sheet has clearly absorbed any loose dye and dirt which is evident as the sheet turns from a crisp white to a dingy grey colour. If the load has included any deep colours or denim the sheet tends to be a more distinctive shade of blue, so it is fairly easy to see the benefits of using these sheets within a mixed wash as otherwise all of that loose dye would be absorbed by clean clothing instead. Each sheet is single use only and can only be disposed of after use although Dr Beckmann do also produce a reusable product under the same name. I haven't tried that version as yet, but it might be worth looking for if a more environmentally product is preferred.
For a box of 30 sheets, so potentially up to 30 wash loads, I paid around the £3 mark at Morrisons which works out at a reasonable 10p per wash. I think this compares with the Colour Catcher sheets so there is no noticeable difference in price or performance. The only variation, if anything, is that these Dr Beckmann sheets appear to be slightly larger (certainly longer) than other varieties which does seem to suggest that these have the potential to absorb slightly more dirt and dye than other brands. What may be worth considering is that some of the packets have a 'Try Me Free' promotion available - offer ends October 2012- so it could be worth giving these a go even if you are not already totally convinced about their effectiveness.
I will continue to use colour catching sheets in the wash and these are certainly a brand that I will consider although, given the lack of difference in performance, my choice will be dictated by price and availability.
Summary: A clever idea which performs as well as other brands