I bought this product after having a disaster with colours running in my washing machine. Having previously used Dylon's Colour Catchers with generally good results I had high hopes for this too.
According to the packaging the colour run remover turns back time on clothes and fabrics that have been the victim of colour runs. It has a pH balanced Coloursafe formula which means that even delicate items can be treated.
How To Use:
The box contains two sachets of white powder that resembles detergent. Add both of the sachets to the washing machine drum BEFORE clothes, you can add fabric conditioner but not detergent. Best results are achieved on a 60 degree cotton cycle, not economy cycles. Treat colour runs as soon as possible after staining has occurred and for bad runs a second treatment may be needed.
If washing by hand add sachets to washing container filled with the hottest water suitable for fabric. Stir thoroughly then fully submerge garments, leave to soak for 1 hour and stir regularly. Rinse thoroughly and wash and dry as normal.
£2.20 - £5 instore and online. I found a pack at my local discount store for £2.20 so it's worth shopping around.
Almost every time a do a wash I bundle in relatively similar colours and add two Dylon Colour Catcher sheets. This has always worked for me and saves time on sorting clothes or waiting for one colour to accumulate.
On the occasion that I had to use the Colour Run Remover I had put in a mixed purple and blue wash along with one white nighty as I thought I'd finally risk it with the Colour Catchers. I think it would have been fine if I hadn't included a brand new purple top that apparently releases purple ink like a threatened Octopus.
Upon removing the clothes from the washing machine I was startled to see that everything with even a slightly paler design element had been dyed purple and the white nighty was a strong shade of lilac. Naturally the purple clothes were fine as were the darker blue ones but everything else was a disaster. The Colour Catchers I'd put in were very dark purple and obviously hadn't been able to cope with the amount of dye released.
So, I put all of the effected clothes back into the machine after adding the Colour Run Remover sachets and followed the instructions to the letter. Once the cycle was done I removed all of the clothes to check them over. Some of the purple had been removed from a few pale design elements on the coloured clothes but the nighty looked just as it had before with the exception of a few lighter patches.
I decided I could live with the purple tint to most of the garments but repeated the procedure with the night dress. Unfortunately all that happened was a slight lightening of the purple so now I have an odd looking lavender nighty with the coloured designs on it also being tinted a muddy purple.
Overall I'm not very impressed with this product as very little colour run was removed at all. Better results might be achieved with more minor staining although the packet does state that it will work on a white t-shirt stained pink in a red wash. I think the best approach is just to wash the Purple Peril separately from now on.
Having read some other reviews rating it highly I can only assume that it works well with certain dyes and not others. Unfortunately it would seem that I ended up with one that it doesn't remove.
I'm afraid I can't recommend this product based on my results. Yes, it was my fault the colour ran in the first place but that's what this is designed to solve and it didn't when used as directed or when repeated.
In our house most of the time it is me that washes the clothes and since Jayden has been born my washing basket never seems to be empty, most of the time our washing ends up in 3 loads, darks, whites and colours. I recently did a coloured load of washing most of the items were things which had been washed on several occasions and I knew that the colour didn't come out of them, but I still tend to separate them out of habit, however I also put in this load a new purple towel, when I took the washing out of the machine once the cycle had finished I discovered that all of my washing had a purple/ pink tint to it from the purple towel. I was a bit surprised at this as it was a coloured load I had done so I assumed that the towel would be ok with these items but thinking about it now I should have rinsed the towel out on its own first before putting it with other items, I have put new towels straight in the machine before and have never had a problem, I think this time I was just unlucky. Anyway I wasn't too bothered about the light blue towels of Jayden's I had turned a pinky colour but I was more concerned about the items of clothing that now were the same shade, my Mum advised that I give Dylon SOS Colour Run a try, in the past she had tried this and it had been successful so I decided to give it a go, after all I couldn't mess the washing up any more than I already had done.
When I purchased the Dylon SOS Colour Run I wasn't really sure what to expect, the product came in a small cardboard box, it has the Dylon name written at the top in a red box with the words SOS Colour Run written in the middle of the box in large red letters, the rest of the front of the box is taken up with a picture of a bright yellow t shirt, one half has clearly been dyed in the wash with the word before written above it and the other half has been washed with Dylon and this has after written above it. The only other information on the front of the box says "restores items stained by colour run accidents" this is written right at the bottom of the box in a red rectangle in white writing, all of this information is on a light blue and dark blue background.
The name of the product and the Dylon name also appears on all sides of the box including the top of it. The back and sides of the box contain all of the information that you need to know about the product, this includes facts about the product, directions for use, helpful hints, precautions and the customer advise contact details. All of this information is clearly written so that you know exactly what you are doing when using it. Inside the box you receive 2 sachets of the Dylon SOS Colour Run, these are just made from a clear plastic allowing you to see the liquid inside.
Dylon SOS Colour Run
The Dylon SOS Colour Run looks just like regular washing liquid or a fabric softener, it has a milky appearance and is of a reasonably thick consistency, but it is not so thick that you have to squeeze it out of the packet it can simply be poured out. To be honest I'm not sure if the product smelt of anything, that's something I probably should have checked but I was more concerned with getting my clothes back to normal, to be honest you wouldn't really be able to tell if the product smelt of anything after the clothes had been washed as you have to add your regular fabric softener with it and when my washing was done all I could smell was that.
Obviously the purpose of Dylon Colour Run is to restore your washing back to how it should be once you have dyed it in the washing machine, it has a pH balanced Colour safe formula which means that colours, whites and delicates (for example wool and silk) can safely be treated all together so you do not have to worry about trying to do several different loads, all of the dyed clothes can go in one load together.
Directions for Use
On the back of the packaging you will find the directions for use, these are spilt into 2 sections, directions for using Dylon in the washing machine and directions for washing by hand.
* Machine Wash - You simply add both the sachets contained within the box into the drum directly and then add your laundry on top of this, or alternatively you can add the contents to a dosing ball and place it on top of the laundry. You must not add the Dylon SOS Colour Run to the soap dispenser draw. Once you have done this you then add your fabric softener as usual but not the detergent, it also states that for the best results you should run at a 60 degree cotton cycle and dry the clothes as usual.
* Hand Wash - To wash your clothes by hand with Dylon you fill a container or sink with the hottest water that the care label on the clothing allows and add the contents of just 1 sachet and stir thoroughly, once this is done you then add the clothes and make sure they are fully submerged and leave them to soak for at least an hour stirring thoroughly. Once this has been done you then rinse and dry as usual.
I personally used my Dylon SOS Colour Run in the washing machine, I had managed to dye quite a few items of clothing so I thought the easiest thing would be to just put them all back in the machine together rather than trying to do them by hand, this also saved me a lot of time.
These appear on the side of the box and state that when using Dylon SOS Colour Run you should always follow the washing instructions on the garment care label and that effectiveness can not be guarantee in all condition. The only other warning on the side of the box was to keep the product out of reach of children.
Again this appears on the back of the box and includes a few hints to help get the best from your Dylon SOS Colour run and restore your washing back to how it should be. These hints include
* When machine washing do not use economy or pre-wash cycles
* Always treat a colour run when it is as fresh as possible
* Strong discolouration may need a second treatment
* This product is ideal for reviving dull whites and colours, these should be treated separately to colour run items.
Price and Availability
When I was looking for my Dylon SOS Colour Run the only place I seem to be able to purchase it was Waitrose, and the 2 x75ml sachets cost me £3.00, I didn't really mind what it cost within reason as I just wanted to get my washing back to the colour it should be, however if you wash the laundry in the machine with this product you only get one wash out of it as you have to apply both sachets to the machine drum. I wouldn't say it was overly good value for money, but obviously the priority is removing the colour run from your laundry.
As I have said I re-washed my laundry in the machine with the Dylon and I have to say I was mainly pleased with the results, most of the washing was returned back to its original colour, there are one to two items which I think still have a bit of a pink hint to them but mainly the washing is back to normal so I was very pleased with the results.
As I have said you do not really get a lot for your money with this product but hopefully it is not something you would buy on a regular basis and if it works then it is definitely worth the money. Overall I was pleased with the results of the Dylon SOS Colour Run, I was prepared for the fact that it may not remove all of the stains but on the whole it did, this is definitely a product I would recommend and one I would buy again should I have another washing accident.
I turned some virtually new white underwear and socks pink by doing a mixed wash.I had used a Vanish '2 in one magnet' which supposedly protects from such accidents! The simple protection sheets I normally use work perfectly every time.I used the 2 Dylon Colour run remover sachets in my washing machine almost immediately as I had a pack in store for just such an emergency. It did not work at all. I contacted Dylon for advice and they sent me a free packet which arrived over a week later. I used that and it has not made the slightest difference either.What a waste of money, time and effort. Very disappointed and of course I do not recommend this product.
I bought a lovely cream top at the weekend which i wore to a barbecue on the bank holiday Sunday. We got the log burner going and spent the evening in front of a roaring fire having a great time whilst our hair and clothes absorbed the woodsmoke leaving us smelling like bonfires! The next morning mine and my husband's stinky smoky clothes were all bundled into the wash, cream top included.
My husband hung the washing out to dry and when I brought it in, I couldn't help noticing that my lovely new top had a greyish green tinge to it and a mottled bit that certainly wasn't there when I bought it! I soon realised that my husband's greeny grey cardigan which was also new and hadn't been washed yet had shared its dye with my lovely new top!!! My mistake I know!! My first instinct was to get a new top so I looked on the shop's website as the top had been the only one in store only to find it's not on the website!!! I cried, annoyed with myself for ruining my top and gutted I couldn't wear it again!!!
Today (the day after the traumatic event) I did an Internet search to see if there was anything I could do to restore my lovely top and came across dylon colour run remover. A little spark of hope began to flicker so I phoned my nearest stockist ( the dylon website helped me find them) to check it was in stock and then hot footed it into town to buy my last ditch effort!!
I purchased two boxes of the product just in case I needed it and was pleased to find one box cost £2.30.
The instructions suggest using the run remover as soon as possible when colours have run so I hoped I wasn't too late!! I opened the box and found two sachets of green liquid. The instructions said to empty both sachets into the washing machine drum, add the stained laundry and wash at 60 degrees. I washed at 40 as that's what is on the care label and I didn't want to risk shrinking the top after dying it grey!!! It is also possible to handwash using this product but I left it to the machine.
Once the cycle was over I took the top out and couldn't believe the difference the colour run remover had made!!! My top is cream again and I'd even go so far as to say it's just as cream as it was before the incident... except the mottled bit is still there. I intend to use a mild bleach on this bit. As for the rest of the top I couldn't get over how the run remover took out the run dye! Amazing!!!
The box suggests using the run remover to brighten up dingey whites which is something I'll definitely try. I think it's a product which should be in everyone's kitchen cupboard in case of emergencies caused by an errant sock or pair of undies!!!
EXCELLENT - I BOUGHT THE HAND WASH DYLON COLOUR RUN AS I RUINED ONE OF MY FAVE DRESS - MULTI PATTERNED & MULITI COLOUERED I PUT IT IN WITH A PINK TOP & THE WHITE WHEN PINK.. 89P IN HOME BARGAINS... WORKED A TREAT... REALLY REALLY REALLY HAPPY..TO THE LADY BELOW IT LOOKS LIKE YOU TRIED TO USE IT ON A FULL WASH.. I DONT THINK ITS MEANT FOR THAT...
This stuff is absolutely incredible!!!
I had a beige t shirt that had turned pink due to a colour run. I had washed the t shirt and dried it 2 or 3 times but still pink! So as a last ditch effort to save my t shirt and got this stuff.
I put the 2 sachets in the drum and did a 60 degree wash and everything that had turned pink was restored to its original colours!!! I was stunned as thought I had no chance of getting my fave t shirt back to its original colour.
This is miracle stuff and no idea how it works but I'm gonna buy more now in case I mess up again. It even has made other clothes look refreshed and like new... Truly amazing stuff and I cannot recommend it enough really.
It's also very cheap and so simple to use!
Having gone out and bought the dylon colour run remover today based on the previous review, I would not recommend it at all. I followed the instructions to the letter and was also optimistic as it advised that the sooner you treated the washing the better the results and I had only just had my accident with the washing, but it has made no difference to my clothes at all. I wasn't expecting miracles, but had expected an improvement of some sort, but was thoroughly disappointed! It has made absolutely no difference at all.
Dylon Colour Safe Colour Run Remover is an amazing product that I've just discovered. A relative very kindly brought back a t-shirt for my son from Greece. However when I put it into the washing machine it ran, and everything came out looking a dirty grey/blue. In a panic I rang my husband and asked him to pick something up on the way home to get the clothes back to their normal colour - this is what he came home with. It's a 150ml sachet, it's bleach free so can be used on whites and coloureds and you just pour it straight into the drum of your machine. You mustn't add detergent but you can add softener and best results are achieved at 60 degrees. When the cycle finished and I took the clothes out I was absolutely amazed. You would never have known that anything had run. Everything was back to it's normal colour - brilliant!! As I have a tendency to forget about that blasted t-shirt I have stocked up on this product and will never be without it. I totally recommend it.