Dylon Colour Catcher box with red towel, black jeans and white shirt
Research report
16 February 2018

First Look: Dylon Colour Catcher dye remover

The white papery sheets claim to “prevent colour run accidents” and “allow mixed washes”. We devised a trial to see how effective they are.

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Gail D.
17 Feb 2018
But if you are a quilter

you use them for washing fabrics and your quilts - they work great. Also those coloured papers then can be used for paper crafts when dry. Must admit have not used colour catchers for everyday washing.

Jane T.
17 Feb 2018
Does water heat increase dye leakage?

I use a top loader and wash in cold water in NZ. I almost never separate colours, but almost never get dye leakage. I’ve only experienced noticeable dye leakage (from clothing that had not leaked before) when using *front* loaders in the UK. These models seem to encourage a heated wash. Could the leakage be caused by the water heat, the washer model type, or UK water?

Previous member
20 Feb 2018
Re: Does water heat increase dye leakage?

Hi Jane,

Front loaders agitate more and use less water in general, which may result in any dye that comes out of clothes being more concentrated in the wash.

I can’t see why UK water would be any different – water around UK and NZ varies between hard and soft. But temperature can make a difference. Washing hotter encourages fibres in clothes to open up, allowing more dye to come out. I washed at 60°C – certainly not recommended for new towels and jeans! But front loaders have cool or cold wash programmes too. A tip for new clothes that you think might lose dye is to run the first wash on low temp using white vinegar instead of detergent – which may help ‘set’ the dye.

Paul - Consumer NZ head of testing