Last month, we teamed up with cleaning and laundry expert Dr. Beckmann to find the nation’s worst colour run disasters. We’ve seen plenty of embarrassing entries from white bedding sporting red patches, white towels turned blue to t-shirts splattered with the wrong colour – so it’s clear to see how easy it is for it to all go wrong!
Take a look at this epic colour run disaster that a reader sent in. A once white wedding dress for a child’s teddy has been transformed into an interesting shade of lilac. Now being referred to as a bridesmaids’ dress by the owner, it’s certainly not one of the entrants finest washing moments.
So how can you make sure these dreaded colour runs never happen to you? Avoid accidental colour runs by double checking your laundry load before you put a wash on. The simple slip of a coloured garment into the white wash can lead to disastrous results, turning all of your clothes, towels or bedding a brand new colour. So make sure you always double check that there aren’t any smaller clothes hiding inside your washing basket.
Another top tip is to make sure you wash any new clothes separately as the dye in clothes which haven’t been washed before is more likely to bleed. Dr. Beckmann’s Marketing Director, Susan Fermor, recommends keeping Colour and Dirt Collector to hand so you can wash your coloured garments confidently. The micro-fibre sheets are specially designed to absorb any loose colours and dirt which is released into the wash, meaning everything stays protected and your colours will stay brighter for longer.
All you have to do is place a sheet into the drum of the machine and then add your laundry, begin your cycle and then remove once the wash has ended.
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