I have used Shout Color Catchers for years in my wash when I am concerned a new piece of clothing or fabric is going to bleed onto everything else. I have had people tell me that they don’t believe they work but I have found them to be very useful. There was an article recently in USA Today by Cindy Bailen and Johnathan Chan which reviewed the use of color catchers in the wash. I thought is was really well done and worth a read for those who do laundry that includes both clothes and quilts.
When I make quilts for clients I usually always give them a box of the color catchers with their quilts and recommend they use them when they wash them. As the article explains, when doing regular laundry they aren’t always necessary, especially if you are separating your colors. However, when I make my memory quilts I am using all kinds of fabrics and colors and you never know when something may bleed. I have my clients use the color catchers as a precaution so their wonderful quilts and memories don’t get ruined by a stray color in the wash.
I hope after reading the article you feel more comfortable deciding when it may be appropriate to use the color catchers and when you can leave them out of the wash.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that those of you in the path of Harvey take care of yourselves and stay safe. I have lived through several Hurricanes and they are not fun so those of you lucky enough to be someplace else please keep everyone in the path of the storm in your thoughts and prayers.