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works fine, why such bad reviews?
on May 1, 2012
Wow. Recent reviewers really don't like this product. I'm not quite sure why.
I have been using the Shout Color Catchers (or something like them) since I was in college...about ten years ago! Blame it on being a guy or being lazy (at household chores) but I am not very apt when it comes to doing laundry. I love these little sheets and offer a few observations below if you are comparing them with something else (if you aren't, just buy them).
PROBLEM #1: Color catchers are not magical. This is the most important part of my post in case you read no more. I used to throw everything into one wash, drop in one of this suckers, and let it work away. For the most part, these sheets do the trick. Whoever throws whites in with reds, though, is either more out-of-touch with reality than me (and I'm currently in academia) or doesn't care about their clothes. At the least, I have always separated whites from clothes that are orange, red, or purple. I now separate my clothes much more (whites, reds/oranges, blues, and dark colors) because I no longer wear free t-shirts and these color catchers do a great job. I have not had any problem with bleeds. Of course, I also know just enough to not wash colors in warm water. Read the label on the washer or its manual!
PROBLEM #2: Color catchers are not cheap. The price point is a little higher online than at the store but I bought them on Amazon anyway. Why go to the store and risk buying things I don't need if I've got Prime's "free" two-day shipping? To counteract the price, I usually tear sheets in half and will typically use them twice (maybe three times). Poof! I've got 48 sheets in a box! Maybe they are magical...
PROBLEM #3: Color catchers are not perfect. I haven't had any sheets tear up a washing machine---and I would assume 10 years of experience is a long enough sample period, even if it is N=1. Sometimes they do bunch up at the bottom of the washer (it's a top-loader) or hide down a sleeve and end up in the dryer. I try my best to find them but every so often one reappears as I'm folding clothes. I follow a simple adage: what goes in must come out. If you put one into the washer, you should have one after you are done doing laundry. If you do not, find it. Don't let the things disappear into your washer or dryer and ruin a perfectly good machine. Also, don't believe they are going to suck out all the color if you've got a recently tie-dyed t-shirt or something that is cheap quality and is bound to bleed (spending $40+ on a shirt doesn't guarantee it is good quality and absolve it of any ability to bleed). Maybe they aren't magical...
PROBLEM #4: Color catchers do leave some residue. I thought it was my powder soap for a while. I changed over to liquid detergent and the problem seemed to vanish. Of course, I had run out of the sheets and was waiting for some more. Can't make a clear conclusion when two variables change! Later, the white residue came back but it's usually on my wife's stretchy workout pants. I usually blame it on her and say she must have spilled some powder or something onto them and she drops the argument...she doesn't want to switch and start doing the laundry! When I saw a reviewer's comment about the white residue, I realized the sheets were the culprit. I don't get the residue all the time. My guess is maybe it's the second or third wash that is causing the problem. Perhaps 1/2 a sheet isn't made for multiple cycles...seems like they aren't magical after all but I still like them.
SUMMARY: The color catchers are great and help reduce bleeding. These sheets, however, are not magical (have you caught on?). You have to use some common sense and be a little careful. Here's my parting advice: Separate your clothes. Use cold water. Happy washing!