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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I'd just like to point out the wispy curls on the side of Amelie's head...

Pointing out the obvious.


Road markings can be so useful.

But that aside, the good news is that at this very moment, Big Sis is on a plane over the Atlantic, en route to the US of A. That's assuming she hasn't been hit by a lump of lava or something. Quite how she's managed to muscle her way onto a flight when the rest of the country are reduced to catching warships, I've no idea, but happily it looks like she'll now make it there in time be a bridesmaid in the Deep South on Saturday. On the downside, the only flight she could get lands in Houston, and frankly if you're going to have a problem, that's where you'd be heading. I expect the oxygen tanks are exploding as we speak.

Colour CatcherBut moving on to far more important matters, I bought a box of Colour Catcher this week. I know, I must have money to burn. It was actually Lisa who requested it, because unlike myself, she finds it difficult to resist washing black jeans with white pillowcases, and has finally reached the point where the world looks grey to her, and she can't take it any more.

Fortunately she watches a lot of daytime TV, so she's no stranger to the Colour Catcher advert, which basically seems to promise that you can confidently wash your red riding hood with your snow white sheets without fear of ending up in the pink.

So I bought a box. And took it home. At which point I read the box. It says this:

"Carefully selected well-washed colourfast garments can be washed with whites, saving time and energy."

Eh? I already knew that. I've been doing that for years. I want to wash randomly selected unwashed colour-running clothes like on the advert. That's why I bought the product. But it continues...

"New coloured garments should be washed separately for at least the first 5 or 6 washes. Certain large dark coloured items such as jeans and towels should always be washed separately. Effectiveness cannot be guaranteed where large quantities of dye run from non-colourfast garments. Reasonable care should be taken if mixing colours with whites."

IF mixing colours with whites??? Isn't that the whole point of the product?

So basically if you've got a completely colourfast item which isn't a pair of jeans, a bath towel, or anything large, and it's been washed separately at least 5 or 6 times, then as long as you take reasonable care, you can put it in with your whites and Colour Catcher will stop it running. Unless it leaks large quantities of dye.

£2.34 well spent then.