These Colors Don’t Run

August 2, 2008

Or if they do, they won’t stain your fabric with these little babies. In yesterday’s post I mentioned these things I use in the wash to prevent dyes in fabric from running and staining the rest of the wash. Those little things are today’s favorite thing. They are Shout Color Catchers. I use them mostly when I prewash my fabric, but I also use them with anything I am concerned might run.

The little white square front and center is the sheet you put in the wash. The pink and blue swatches are what you pull out of the washer when your load is done. When they change colors you can see that they have absorbed some dye. The blue swatch is from prewashing this fabric.

Some people use vinegar to prevent color from running. My thought with that is I would have to run the fabric through a wash and a rinse cycle. When I prewash my fabrics, I only run them though a rinse cycle, I don’t use soap. I feel that using the color catchers, while it is more expensive than vinegar, saves water.

It’s your personal preference, but I find these little guys handy and I can see that they are working!


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