Surely you’ve had that “wonderful” experience of opening your washing machine, taking out the shirt you love so much and realizing there is a huge reddish smudge right in the middle. Splendid, isn’t it?
Yes, we all love colorful clothes in our wardrobe, but the thing about them is you never really know if, why, or when they might bleed. After the first wash everything is fine, but the next time all “color hell” breaks loose, and unleashes its wrath on your white shirt.
So, what can you do to prevent this from happening?
Check if it bleeds
There are two kinds of dyes – synthetic and natural. Synthetic dyes are made of chemicals such as petroleum, mercury and lead, and there are numerous kinds of them: acid, azoic, pigment etc. These dyes are easier to make, longer lasting, and you can get them in many different variants. But, they also pollute water and have negative impact on marine life and our health.
On the other hand, natural dyes are made from natural sources such as wood, minerals, and plants. These dyes fade faster and more easily. Another problem is that, in order to stick to different materials, natural dyes need to be combined with heavy metal salts and that makes them dangerous for the environment.
How likely is the color of your clothes to bleed depends on what type of dye is used, as well as the type of material it is made of. For instance, cotton poorly retains colors unlike polyester or viscose. Type of products you use to clean your clothes, as well as how hot the washing machine temperature is, also has an impact on whether or not the color will bleed.
So, how can you test garments for bleeding?
Pick an inside part of your shirt, for instance the seam, and just submerge that part of your shirt into a sink filled with water and some detergent. Leave it for half an hour and see what happens.
All you need to do now is check if there is some dye in the water. If yes, your shirt will bleed, if not, perform one more test. After removing it from the water put it on a paper towel for a few minutes and see if it transfers any color on it. And that’s it.
Ok, and now what?
You can wash it on itself or use color catcher in your washing machine. Color catchers are made to prevent accidental dyeing of your clothes, and are simple to use – just put them in with your garment.
But if you want to be eco-friendly when washing clothes and prevent dye from polluting the environment there is a solution. Dr. Knight color catcher. It’s a green, biodegradable product, made to remove dyes in just 20 minutes and stop them from transferring onto your clothes.
It works in warm and cold water and makes clothes sorting completely redundant.