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Thread: can you re-use the color catchers?

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    I just washed a full load of fabrics in a wide array of colors...think it was about 18 one yard cuts....and a 10 yard piece of white on white!

    would you believe that color catchers (2) came out white..like nothing was ever near them!

    is it possible to use these color catchers again?

    just because they look unused, how do you know if the chemical or what ever it is they used on it will work for the next load?

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    that's an interesting thought... i'll keep watching for the answer

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    Have not used them myself but interested in finding out.

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    Yep you can. Actually numerous times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Yep you can. Actually numerous times.
    really.....I am off to try them on the greens and browns next then...

    I tear mine in half so they can cover the load and love how they make washing NEW fabric so easy..especially now that I have a clothesline to hang it out on..less loads, saves $$ for more STUFF..hehhe

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    How does one know when they are no longer effective?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    How does one know when they are no longer effective?
    that was my question...just because they are still white, will they still work and when do you know they are NOT..when you ruin your best white fabric..hehehehe

    I might use them twice, but doubt I would chance it more than that!

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    I re-use mine until they show color, then I throw them away.

    Judy

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    were can you buy color catcher? I looked at Wat-Mart and they didn't carry them.

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    I re-use mine all the time. If they have just a hint of color I still use them and find them effective.

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    For what it's worth, I use mine until they are pretty gray. If I'm really worried about the fabric running I will throw in an extra one.

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    I use them when prewashing my fabrics, but hadn't really thought of reusing them. I will have to give that a try, thanks!

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    Thanks, everyone! I didn't know this either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barb55
    were can you buy color catcher? I looked at Wat-Mart and they didn't carry them.
    I've found mine at the Wal-Mart supercenters and at Target.

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    I can only get them at walmart or the base commissary!

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    re-using for laundry, do not know. heard that some were putting the "used" for backgrounds in their fabric post cards.

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    I've used them more than once, and when they come out white, I dry them by putting them flat on the dryer. I'll use them till they come out pink or colored darker, then toss them.
    Better to be safe than expensively sorry.

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    I have re-used the ones where the fabric didn't do much bleeding. I make sure they don't go in the dryer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    I can only get them at walmart or the base commissary!
    I get mine at Walmart or Kroger

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    they came out green this time..so out they go! used them three times though!

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    From the Shout Color Catcher site:

    http://www.shoutitout.com/preserve-colors.aspx

    Note: Effectiveness not guaranteed if large amounts of dye bleed from non-colorfast garments. Use reasonable care when washing whites with colors and when washing new garments for the first time.

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    There is a product on the market that I use that is the same as the Color Catcher but you can use it up to 30 times. It's called Dye Grabber, by Carbona. I've been using them for years and they work just like the color catchers. They are in the same place at the grocery store too. I wouldn't dare to use the color catcher more than once, but maybe I'm just a big chicken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maine ladybug
    There is a product on the market that I use that is the same as the Color Catcher but you can use it up to 30 times. It's called Dye Grabber, by Carbona. I've been using them for years and they work just like the color catchers. They are in the same place at the grocery store too. I wouldn't dare to use the color catcher more than once, but maybe I'm just a big chicken.
    I found them on amazon...no store here carries them...ordering in the morning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    Quote Originally Posted by maine ladybug
    There is a product on the market that I use that is the same as the Color Catcher but you can use it up to 30 times. It's called Dye Grabber, by Carbona. I've been using them for years and they work just like the color catchers. They are in the same place at the grocery store too. I wouldn't dare to use the color catcher more than once, but maybe I'm just a big chicken.
    I found them on amazon...no store here carries them...ordering in the morning!
    Glad you were able to find some.

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    just found them on ebay for less than amazon!

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