Shout Color Catcher Review: It Definitely Grabbed Some Dye!
I tried a Shout Color Catcher with a recent load of laundry I did for the family.
Normally, I like to sort my clothes into like colors to keep things from getting to dingy, but it is a big pain to sort everything so I'm always willing to try something that will make my laundry routine easier.
I got a free sheet from the company by requesting it from their Facebook page when they were running a promotion.
Here's a picture of the load of laundry I used it on. I admit it was quite freeing to just dump everything in!
I washed everything like normal, and when I was done I fished out the used sheet.
Wow, it really did pick up a lot of dye from the look of it. Here's a picture below of what it looked like after the load was complete:
I examined the clothes after they got out of the dryer, and I didn't see any major bleeds on anything, but of course I had washed all of these clothes multiple times before so I wasn't expecting anything major.
It does make me realize I better always sort if I don't use one of these dye grabber products, otherwise I could see how everything could get dingy really fast.
The question I can't answer from this one use is whether the product caught all the dye, or just a portion of it. The video from Consumer Reports (scroll down a bit to see the video) would suggest that the cloth didn't grab all the dye, but just some of it.
I would have to wash the clothes over and over like this, using lots of these sheets, to see if over time they got dingy or not.
The question I have to ask myself is even if they do work to keep clothes from getting dingy, if they're worth the cost? It is another thing to add to each wash load, and they're only usable once, so it's an ongoing expense if you choose not to sort your laundry.
Certainly it would be more frugal just to sort my clothes, and therefore, at least as of this time, based on my research and my cheap tendencies I haven't bought anymore of this product but have just gone back to sorting each load.
I'd love to hear from others who've used this or any other dye grabber product, telling me how they've worked for you, and whether you think it's worth it to pay for the convenience of not having to sort anymore. You can share your reviews and experiences here.
This product is normally used to grab dye when it bleeds into the laundry wash water, so it doesn't redeposit back onto the fabric being washed.
However, it can also be used to help fix the problem if you've accidentally had some bleed through of one dye onto another fabric.
That is exactly what happened to Lisa Clarke who blogs at Polka Dot Cottage. She explained in her blog post (click through for the full post) that she'd created a quilt which had a red sheet as a backing.
Because of the quilting technique she was using she didn't prewash the red sheet, and when she washed it once the quilt was completed it bled onto the lighter fabric on the front, causing pinkness especially around the stitching.
In a later post she explained how she saved the quilt with these color catchers.
Here's the after picture:
Normally red fabrics, like this sheet which was used as the quilt backing, will bleed for a couple of washes, and should be washed separately for a while to prevent bleeding like what occurred.
I would assume that although the dye had bled and gotten parts of the front of the quilt pink that the dye was not well set, so when it was washed again the dye from the front again lifted, and this product's purpose was to then grab it so it didn't re-redeposit onto the quilt again.
She washed the quilt twice more, each time with a different dye grabber sheet, and salvaged the quilt, which is a great thing since it really is beautiful, don't you think?
I think you could use this product in a similar way if you ever have bleeding dyes on some of your clothes, especially if they're colored or have prints.
This technique may work better for you than using a color remover, which is what I would normally recommend when there is a dye transfer disaster because this product can be used on colored clothing, and many color removers can only be used on whites.
I've collected lots of dye and color remover reviews here though, since some of them can also be used on colored fabrics, in case you ever need one for a laundry mishap of your own.
Further, I also normally suggest soaking in Oxiclean or another color safe bleach if you've had a dye bleed, but again this method probably worked better than the soaking method would have in this instance.
Why? Because if she'd soaked the quilt after just the first wash which had caused the original problem she'd most likely have gotten even more dye transfer because the red sheet was still giving off some dye in the second and third washes.
This product grabbed not only the dye that lifted from the front of the quilt, but also the dye that was released in the second and subsequent washes from the red sheet backing, and kept all of the dye it from depositing onto the front of the quilt.
Have you had success removing color bleeds from clothes using this product? Whether the answer is yes or no I'd love to hear from you, sharing your experiences. You can share your dye grabber cloth product reviews here, or read more information about them.
Photos courtesy of lisaclarke on Flickr Creative Commons
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