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Colour catchers?

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VFVF Tue 11-Oct-11 19:22:56

has anyone ever used them?

I have a massive amount of baby clothes in the loft which need re-washing in preparation for the arrival of DC2. Although it's mostly pink, there are a few others and I'd really rather bung them all in as they are currently sorted by size and I'd like to keep it that way. I don't want to risk ruining the clothes (especially as their are loads there belonging to a kind friend who may well need them back one week after me!)

Do they actually work?


muslimah28 Tue 11-Oct-11 21:46:15

Watching with interest...(sorry I'm of no actual help!)

Fuzzywuzzywozabear Tue 11-Oct-11 22:56:44

I use them all the time - yes they work

GoresHairKnickers Tue 11-Oct-11 22:58:54

Yes they do! I love them as they save doing small loads and wasting ~ well, everything!

Ps the cheap ones work equally well (Poundland etc).

CrumblyMumbly Tue 11-Oct-11 23:03:25

Only had one failure when got cocky and bunged my jeans in with some whites - think jeans were a bit too new. Had to buy some colour run stuff to fix.

GoresHairKnickers Tue 11-Oct-11 23:26:42

Btw, if the colour catcher comes out quite light ie, not heavily stained, I reuse them <skint emoticon> and occasionally, I put two previously used ones in if I'm not certain that one will be enough.

VFVF Wed 12-Oct-11 09:36:28

Thanks for the tips! Heading out to shops now so will have a look in poundland! <also skint emocion grin>

GiraffesCantDoTheTango Wed 12-Oct-11 11:20:02

I use them all the time, they're brilliant, they also work just as effectively if you cut each one in half (or even into three depending on how frugal you are feeling - I cut mine into three grin ) and then they go twice as far. Ignore the bollocks on the packet that says to use two for heavily dyed articles, they just want you to spend more money.

In fact I may even start cutting mine in to quarters! grin

GoresHairKnickers Wed 12-Oct-11 11:37:09

Some of them are smaller than others though Giraffes <waves> and I don't think you'd have much left if you cut those into 3 or 4 grin

LakeFlyPie Wed 12-Oct-11 12:06:27

Could you clarify for a colour catcher virgin, does this mean I can bung all washing in together with a quarter of colour catching square and my whites will stay white (I'll settle for whitish even)?

BertieBotts Wed 12-Oct-11 12:09:45

Just put them in together, unless you're washing at 60 or higher, or something brand new and very dark, the colours aren't going to run anyway.

BertieBotts Wed 12-Oct-11 12:11:01

Colour catchers don't even work anyway. And they can break your machine. My landlord has forbidden them grin (Luckily I found out they were useless before moving here.)

GoresHairKnickers Wed 12-Oct-11 12:58:36

They certainly do work bertie.I put my Dd's red top in with a load of white school shirts yesterday and the catcher came out dark pink and the whites came out white!

I would advise using a whole one though LFP until you gain confidence wink

caughtinanet Wed 12-Oct-11 13:01:30

They do work Bertie.

I don't know about breaking the machine but they certainly soak up any dye that's run from darks.

Fuzzywuzzywozabear Wed 12-Oct-11 13:03:15

I still wouldn't mix whites with dark colours but sometimes something runs that you don't expect so they are a real saver didn't think of cutting in half! Thanks!

GoresHairKnickers Wed 12-Oct-11 13:25:54

I doubt they would do any more damage than a tiny baby sock which you wouldn't think twice about throwing in the machine tbh.

CMOTdibbler Wed 12-Oct-11 13:31:24

They def work - I always use them for rugby shirts or anything striped.

I do put them in a net bag to make sure they don't go down the water outlet though

BertieBotts Wed 12-Oct-11 13:36:48

Hmm suppose. The one time I used one (free in Bounty pack or something?) things seemed to run anyway. And I find that if washing at 40 nothing runs anyway unless it's very dark and hasn't been washed many times yet. I've always washed DS' clothes all together and the only thing that ever ran (I think this might have been the colour catcher failure actually) was a Liverpool FC top which XP bought him. He looked very fetching in his pink vests!

Haven't actually had experience of one breaking the machine but landlord was very adamant. Possibly the previous tenant told him it was a colour catcher but was actually something else which broke the machine?

Everything used to run in our old house, but that was because the water supply to the washing machine was dodgy, so it would always wash things really hot.

HattyTiggins Thu 13-Oct-11 11:46:02

I am so glad I came across this. I have seen the adverts and wondered if they worked and it seems most people have had good experiences with it.

Thanks for the info smile

LibbyB63 Wed 30-Mar-16 09:22:47

Hi All. I have washed my nurses uniform with other garments that have run into it. Will a colour catcher remove this from the uniform after it has been washed and dried? Is it as simple as putting the uniform back in the wash with a colour catcher and this awful colour that has covered my uniform and bring it back to its original pale blue? Waiting hopefully......:O)

dreamingofholidays Thu 31-Mar-16 13:03:47

No that won't work. I tried it myself after stupidly washing a floral top with brand new jeans with a colour catcher. Flowers on blouse all blue now. I put the blouse in straight away on its own with a new colour catcher and it didn't help. Think you can buy colour run stuff though but I haven't tried it.

willhazboz Fri 01-Apr-16 11:26:39

Tesco colour run sachets are by far the best I've tried (dh put white bedding in with dark purple cushion covers at 90 (!!!)) and I used various different ones and they worked straight away. But I have used them on a white and navy dress of dd and it unfortunately stripped the navy as well.

Gingefringe Fri 01-Apr-16 17:39:56

I use the this Lakeland colour grabber - i've used them for years and they are brilliant. It's a cloth that can be used up to 30 times.

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