I’m stepping out of my comfort zone in the laundry + GIVEAWAY

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang

So if you have read my blog long enough you would know that I am a little OTTO (over the top organised) when it comes to my dirty laundry. I sort my laundry into whites – colours – darks and linens and prefer to wash them all separately.

But then Steric sent me a few packets of their  Colour Catcher sheets to try.  The Colour Catcher is a small white sheet placed at the bottom of the washing machine to stop colour runs from ruining clothes while in the wash, therefore giving you the option of washing all your clothes together. (Use the sheet along with your washing detergent).  I was happy to give them a go as it had been raining all weekend and I had a lot of washing to catch up on.

This little white sheet sucks up all the loose clothes dye, no harsh chemicals or environmental nasties, it’s safe to use even for people with allergies.

Putting all my washing together in one wash cycle is me really stepping out of my comfort zone.  White, colours and darks all together.

Aah… calm my beating heart,  it worked!!!! No colour runs on any clothes.  All the clothes are fresh and still nice and bright despite being washed with the darks.

The benefits of washing all coloured clothes together:

  • Saves time not sorting clothes, if you don’t pre-sort them
  • Save on the number of wash loads
  • The kids can help load the washing machine with any coloured clothes

Colour Catcher is available for purchase in supermarkets Australia wide – Visit Colour Catcher Facebook page which lists all the stockists.

10 lucky readers will each receive 1 pack of Steric Colour Catcher (15 sheets per pack), to try.

In 25 words or less, answer the following question (please leave your entry in the comments below):

What is the worst/funniest colour run catastrophe you have had?

Please note:  Entries are for Australian residents only, one entry per person, giveaway closes 5pm Thursday 8th August. This is not a random draw, most creative answers (in my opinion) will win.  This giveaway is coordinated by Nuffnang and run in accordance with my disclosure policy.  View giveaway Terms and Conditions.





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Jackie Tracy July 25, 2013 - 7:37 AM

My partner just can’t get the concept that colours, particularly reds, shouldn’t be washed with whites. Yes, he put his new red t-shirt in with my white skirt and a few other things, and yes, my skirt ended up with a messy pink tie-dyed look. Not in a good way. The socks were a uniform pink but my skirt – ruined 🙁

Katrina July 25, 2013 - 10:00 AM

I like to seperate all my washing so that way the whites don’t dull and the colours stay bright. Wonder if your hubby is doing it on purpose so it doesn’t have to do the laundry again LOL.

K Sizzle July 25, 2013 - 10:47 AM

I had white surgical stockings that were washed with a red tshirt. My surgeon declared they were the first pink stockings he had ever seen.

Wendy Hatton July 25, 2013 - 10:52 AM

I am notorious for tossing everything in together in spite of the occasional small ‘accident’. However a green t-shirt from the Op Shop (I never wear green, what was I thinking) managed to taint absolutely everything in the wash a horrible dirty yellowish green. Definitely a colour I would never consider being seen dead in. I acquired quite a lot of ‘gardening’ clothes from that incident.

Carley Smith July 25, 2013 - 11:01 AM

I had been soaking all my baby sons white clothes in napisan and when it was time to wash I tipped them out of the bucket into the washing maching, not remembering that I had put a bunch of red jersey thick trimmed bibs in there the day before to wash seperately first because I knew they would run for sure, I forgot to get them out! and ALL my sons white clothes were now tinged in various shades of pink…..I eventually got most of it out through soaking. Years later and I still check the machine 3 or 4 times before putting whites in there just in case theres a sneaky dark colour hiding in there.

Miranda July 25, 2013 - 11:44 AM

But did the sheet have any colour on it? It could be that your colours and darks have been washed enough times already not to run onto anything anyway. It would be good to see it with a brand new red t-shirt and a white pillow case or something and see if it still works.

Kat Tat July 25, 2013 - 12:36 PM

While I have had a few couple run catastrophes I really don’t worry about white V colours but if you think my clothes are going anywhere near my husbands stinky socks then think again. They have to be wrangled into the machine , beaten a couple of times with a big stick and then have a heavy object thrown on top of the machine to keep them in.

Carol Taylor July 25, 2013 - 1:33 PM

Grandson’s new denim jeans somehow got entangled with pre-wash of new baby’s clothes. Grandbaby’s pink and white garments turned a dull shade of blue!

Humera July 25, 2013 - 1:58 PM

All in all its a good product,m using these for few months and had 1,2 mishapps so its highly recomended 😀

Tracy Brewis July 25, 2013 - 2:59 PM

What a great idea for expensive uniform items. Honestly, whose idea is it to put dark trim on a light top? Will give this a go.

Katrina July 26, 2013 - 8:39 AM

lol Tracy you have a good point there!

Shaz July 25, 2013 - 3:37 PM

I bought a lovely black pashmina in India and when we got home it got caught up in the clothes to be washed. Not only was everything in the wash ‘touched’ by the black (even jeans) but an expensive memento from a great trip was totally ruined. Bummer.

Suzanne Black July 25, 2013 - 4:23 PM

It has to be a red t-shirt in with whites….now we have pink socks, pink undies, pink singlets…looks like something from Dr Suess when the cat came back.

MichelleM July 25, 2013 - 6:57 PM

Husband spilt coffee on his top while at the shops, we hurriedly
bought a $7 replacement… Threw it in with my colours… My cute pink shorts came
out with blue spots!

Amy Lovesowls Oppusunggu July 25, 2013 - 7:55 PM

My hubby decided to wash his cricket shirt with the red sheet. saying this he has gone off to cricket today in a pink shirt bless him for trying 🙂

Angela July 25, 2013 - 8:00 PM

Can we see a photo of the white sheet after the load?

Kim Geling July 25, 2013 - 8:01 PM

I love these! My kids can all do their own laundry when I have these in the cupboard and we’ve never had a failure. The best test was a pile of red & white christmas tea towels that I bought… the colour catcher came out bright red and not a smear of colour on the white stripes 🙂

Kathryn Fincher July 25, 2013 - 8:02 PM

Grabbed the wrong red tshirt (new one, not the old one i thought it was) and turned all our whites, including hubbys favourite tshirt pink! Oops!

Tina July 25, 2013 - 8:02 PM

I use these a lot! I make patchwork quilts and usually don’t wash my fabric beforehand. I pop 1 (or sometimes 2 sheets if I think it needs it) in with a quilt for it’s first wash and have never had any colour runs. I have done black and white quilts, red and white quilts, blue red and white quilts… most of my quilts have white backgrounds, and I have NEVER had a colour run or white go dull. I have had excess colour rub off on my sewing machine from putting a quilt together on a few occasions, but never had a colour run in the wash.

Nicki July 25, 2013 - 8:57 PM

Husbands white shirt came out streaky with pink lines… Only realized when he was about to wear it to his first business dinner in his new job!

Anna July 25, 2013 - 9:04 PM

Washed my cream pants (that I loved to death) and husbands favorite shirt (white) with a bright red shirt. The pants and the white shirt came out with horrid pink uneven spots! Had to throw them in the bin as nothing managed to fix it 🙁

Nikki July 25, 2013 - 10:09 PM

Bought my Mr4 some white skivvies and a superman cape found its way into the same load! He was devastated when they came out pink!!

Helen July 25, 2013 - 11:21 PM

I had a load of whites in the machine and my 8yo threw her purple jacket in (oh and it had a tissue in the pocket. We ended up with lilac clothes with white tissue spots all over them, but the kids love their “new” socks and undies 😀

Kirsten Benhiam July 26, 2013 - 11:20 AM

My husband bought t-shirts that had white sleeves and red and dark blue bodies. We washed them and the sleeves came out pink and purple.

Joni July 26, 2013 - 12:04 PM

My white breastfeeding top got an unsightly brown smear in the left breast area when a stray new, brown toddler sock made its way into my whites washing. I did not notice until it was too late and even went to Playgroup dressed in the top as I was too tired to change it.I had 3 children under 4 years at that stage…

Merryl Chantrell July 26, 2013 - 12:13 PM

I have been doing the washing for 50+ years and Colour Catcher sounds too good to be true and I would love to try them.

marypreston July 26, 2013 - 12:42 PM

I accidentally tie-dyed a load of laundry by throwing a batik skirt into a load of whites. Pretty jazzed actually!! Couldn’t repeat if I tried.

Kim Featherstone July 26, 2013 - 2:50 PM

my daughter put her new red Dora jumper in the my partners business shirts… unfortunately they now have red blotches on them, wish it had turned them pink, but no, just blotches.! lol, had to laugh

Jessica July 27, 2013 - 6:26 AM

I was travelling with two friends and we all washed clothes in the one load. I added a pink shirt that I had washed hundreds of times and was sure wouldn’t run. Of course, it did run and turned all their clothes pink. I don’t think they’ve forgotten yet!

Vikki Ryan July 27, 2013 - 9:22 AM

I once owned one lovely pink top but whilst I was out of town for the weekend with my girlfriends my hubby kindly decided to help by doing the washing….you guessed it I no longer own a pink top…..all the colours went in together and my lovely top came out shades of blue and pink…still I was grateful for his kind gesture. Colour Catcher would be great for when hubby does the washing though!

Lindy Sparrow July 27, 2013 - 12:44 PM

My cousin had kindly offered to give my house a clean, and he decided to do a wash. He put the WHITE karate gi in with a red towel. And my son had a tournament in two days!!!

Rachel Kriss-Newell July 27, 2013 - 2:26 PM

cream handknitted jumper. Hubbie assisting, 1 jumper + greasy work clothes=
shrunk, pilled, lovely murky grey, ruined jumper. Remains a secret from my mum.

Cathy Stone July 28, 2013 - 6:54 PM

Blue pen left in my husband’s work shirt, kids white school shirts were in the same wash. The ink went everywhere, white tops were no longer white but lovely patches of blue on the clothing. White tops were confined to the rag bag.

Rebecca Crosbie July 28, 2013 - 11:11 PM

Hubby left the wet work clothes sitting with the whites and didn’t hang out, so my whites had lovely tie-dyed marks of blue and black….

TajKai July 31, 2013 - 2:37 PM

Long ago when I was a foreign exchange student, my red socks were washed with my host father’s work shirts, turning them pink. So upsetting!

Cath July 31, 2013 - 7:41 PM

When we were engaged I turned my husbands red and white
hockey top pink. That was 15 years ago. He still talks about it!

staceyshailer July 31, 2013 - 9:33 PM

Washing a brand new pair of dark jeans with my white work blouses and singlets…

Rachel Callus August 1, 2013 - 12:08 PM

The first time my boyfiend did our washing I ended up with allllll of my whites being a not so lovely grey colour. I have to tell myself that he’s helping me out (even if he’s not really).

Libby Oldershaw August 5, 2013 - 10:11 AM

Years ago my Dad (who was a Fashion Agent) went on a business trip to Hong Kong. While there he had several beautiful business shirts tailor-made. He was so proud and showed up the precision of the cut, skill of the stitching and the quality of the lovely white crisp cotton. Of course they had to be washed before wear and he loaded them carefully into the washing machine. Our trusty washer which had never played up in all it’s years of work decided to blow it’s gearbox showering the formerly pristine shirts with oil. The language which poured forth from my dad more befitted a drunken sailor than a man of fashion!My dad has never laughed and yes, a new washing machine was delivered pretty promptly!

JQ August 7, 2013 - 9:14 PM

a yellow shirt of my daughter was mixed with the whites, and all whites turned into a disaster white and yellow dyed colored clothes. i have to wash everything again and soak with bleach. one false move can make your world turn upsidedown.

Tracy Weston August 8, 2013 - 7:45 AM

I washed my old purple skirt with some maternity tops a friend lent me. They were all white, now they are ALL mauve 🙁

Vannessa Bradbury August 21, 2013 - 3:57 PM

I decided it was a good idea to help mum with the washing when i was younger not realising that she had redyed my school shorts burgundy ……….needless to say everybodies clothes even my dads came out pink

sonlee August 25, 2013 - 11:37 AM

I am so sorry – call it OCD – but I cringe when I see the way the washing is hung out – I never hang t’shirts by the bottoms as it seems to pull them out of shape – I always hang up shirts to dry on coathangers again for the same reason – and I hate ironing so tend to hang clothes so they don’t have to be ironed. I hang all my clothes insides out so they don’t fade, and hang the tops just under the armpits.

Infoxicating Lady January 17, 2014 - 3:13 PM

How do these work with front loaders? Throw them in with the laundry like normal?
Also, I’m slightly obsessive about laundry loads, too. Once a week, the girls school blouses (white. Honestly, what kind of idiot thinks a white blouse is a good idea in infants and primary school?) get hot washed with bleach. Hubby;’s hi viz work shirts also get hot washed (separately), as do his socks.
School shorts, trousers, skirts get washed with hubbies work shirts/pants. Underwear for 5 people is a load of washing by itself.
Towels get washed separately, too – and if its the white towels, they get hot washed and bleached, too.

susanne August 31, 2014 - 11:30 PM

Hello everyone, This is a topic near and dear to my heart. I have a step daughter who washes all kinds of clothes together… she also uses white face clothes that were purchased for the babies and then they end up as dish rags, next thing I see she is wiping the floor with them. Her tea towels look dirtier and older than my cleaning rags. After reading through the posts I have come to the conclusion that most of us like to sort according to colour and also dirt type. Dark kids socks tend to get washed with the blue jeans where the extra agitation will do the socks some much needed cleaning. While white towels, socks and face clothes and tea towels get the extra clean to stay white and bright. Sheets and shirts can also be washed together. Yes I have OCD and my clothes and towels seem to last longer than most. P.s I have a dryer too, don’t get me started on that!!!

nancy April 3, 2015 - 2:56 PM

Where did you buy the storage shelf you have next to your washing machine for all the dirty clothes? How much?

Haley May 19, 2015 - 7:03 AM

I really would like to know where you bought the storage shelf you have! I’ve been searching and can’t find one!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 21, 2015 - 8:59 AM

Hi Haley, I got them from Howards storage world.

Mina June 12, 2018 - 10:24 AM

Cela fait presque 10 ans que j’utilise les lingeries decolor stop, différentes marques françaises et jamais d’accident, mais je ne lave quand même pas un jeans neuf avec un tee-shirt en coton blanc. D’ailleurs c’est la lingette qui m’avertit quand une couleur dégorge, elle sort de la machine très colorée, en tout cas si je n’ai plus de lingettes j’évite carrément de faire la lessive


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