So I must admit… I didn’t actually know what “color catchers” were until a couple of years ago. When I first heard the term, I had no idea what they were supposed to do! But it turns out there’s some pretty good reasons for utilizing these little laundry helpers!
A color catcher catches loose dyes that seep into the water during washes. This prevents the dye from running or bleeding onto your other clothes. By using a color catcher in your washing machine you can wash darks and lights together which saves you time by reducing the need for sorting, and saves you money by reducing the need for half-size loads. Sounds good to me!
So I wanted to give it a try, and see if I could figure out how to make my own at home. After a LOT of research, I stumbled onto a method that ended up working out perfectly! Here’s how to make your own color catchers at home.
Homemade Color Catchers
Add the washing soda to the water and mix until the washing soda dissolves.
Put the scrap pieces of fabric in the water and saturate with the liquid.
Wring out the excess water and hang to dry.
I tried out my color catchers with a couple of new pairs of dark denim.
It’s not easy to capture the difference in a photo, but there’s definitely a blue tint there!
I would definitely recommend trying these for yourself. They couldn’t possibly be easier to make, and saving time and money is definitely a “good thing!” :-) And don’t forget, make sure to clean your washing machine as well!