Disclosure – I was not perked by Shout and am not being paid for this review. Shout has never contacted me and has no idea who I am. This review is entirely my own opinion.
A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law was at the apartment and she brought a box of Shout Color Catchers with her. This was the second or third time she told me about them and I guess she was tired of me not listening so she gave me a box of my own to try.
I was really suspicious. I honestly thought these were a gimmick. I mean, the clothes I wash have been washed hundreds of times (probably) and there was no possible way any colors were running.
So, I did an experiment.
I washed a load of dark clothes – mostly black t-shirts, dark colored pants and socks – and tossed in a yellow tank top and a towel that had a white border. And, of course, I also tossed in a color catcher. I washed the load on the normal setting, which defaults to warm/cold.
Imagine my surprise when the load was finished and the color catcher came out looking like this –
That’s my used one next to an unused color catcher. It was almost totally saturated with color!
But I still wasn’t totally convinced. I thought maybe they just changed colors with agitation, or as a reaction to soap. So, I ran an empty load, on the same settings, with a color catcher to see what would happen.
And what happened?
The top sheet is the one in the empty load. The middle sheet is an unused one. And the bottom is from that load of dark laundry + a few light colored pieces.
Needless to say, I’m sold on the color catchers. But have they really improved my laundry routine?
The short answer is, yes.
I used to divide dark and color laundry out by shades of colors – dark greys, blacks and browns; greens and blues; pinks, purples, oranges and reds; light greys, creams, mixed white (clothing that’s mostly white but has other colors on it, too) and yellows. Crazy town. Tons of laundry loads.
Now, I combine pretty much everything into one load except the creams and mixed white clothing. I keep that separated out and I still wash all white clothing by itself to keep the brightness of the whites.
Color catchers are definitely an added expense but, if you’re like me and you divide your laundry out into a ton of loads, it’s probably worth it. I don’t know that you will really save money per se; I think it would depend on your water usage and if you know your cost/load (I don’t). But it’s probably worth it if laundry drives you crazy, like it does me. Going from so many loads down to just roughly three has been such a nice treat.