Wednesday, November 28, 2007

WFMW: Shout Color Catcher Sheets

It's time for another weekly "Works for me Wednesday" tip, sponsored by Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer! Be sure to head on over and check out hundreds of other tips!

This is a dreaded laundry tip, but in all honesty, it's a good one. I HATE it when I put one of my sons new outfits into the wash and the color runs all over everything. HATE it, hate it, hate it. I have many clothing items that started off with white shirts and just a touch of red here or there, only to have that "touch of red" bleed all over the white and turn it into PINK.

That is... until my dear girlfriend "A" shared a wonderful tip with me, which I now pass on to you. Shout Color Catcher sheets.

Shout Color Catcher sheets by SC Johnson are dye-trapping cloths that you throw in with your regular load of laundry. Mysteriously, they manage to absorb and trap any loose dyes that can stain your clothes.

The sheets are about 7 inches square, and are a little bit thicker than a normal dryer sheet. When you take them out of the box they are white, but after you do a load of laundry they soak up the dye and usually end up pink, or a dingy purple-gray or dingy blue-gray (depending on the colors of clothes I washed). One even came out completely beet red -- I put a new red shirt I got for Hunter into a load of his colors. I really didn't think it would run, because it was a normal, every-day long-sleeved polo type shirt I got at Target, but sure enough. Beet-red color catcher sheet = saved load of laundry. SCORE!!!

They are so simple to use ... you just throw one sheet into the washing machine with your laundry. That's it! You can use your normal detergents and other laundry products. I usually forget to take it out of the wash when done, and it ends up going through the dryer, too, but that's okay. They are dryer safe.

The sheets work equally well on all fabrics, at all temperatures, and with all laundry products. They currently come in a box of 24, and run around $4.00 per box. I.LOVE.THEM.


Chappyswife said...

Hi, GiBee! I haven't heard of these but will definitely be checking them out. You always come up with the newest things. :0) Thanks for the tip!

Stacey said...

Those sound wonderful! I'm going to take a look at them for sure!!

Jeni Allen said...

Thanks for posting this - I had wondered if those sheets really work!

Hairline Fracture said...

I have never bought these because I wondered if they are worth it...but you sold me! I have never ruined a load of laundry yet (knock on wood!) but I have made some pale colors dingy, and it sounds like these sheets would have prevented that.

Susanne said...

Wow. I've never seen these. I wonder if they're available in Canada.

Marie said...

I love those. To save money I cut them in half, works just as well.