I grew up in a house where laundry was pretty much an art form.
When it came to doing the wash, there were rules to be followed.
The cardinal rule: Always sort your loads according to color and/or type of fabric — whites, pastels, primary colors and delicates.
That rule has pretty much stuck with me. Except that after a while, I get lazy.
That’s when I start throwing everything in together, just so I can be done with the laundry.
What on earth does this have to do with fashion or beauty, you ask?
Because when I throw everything in together, it’s inevitably my most expensive blouse, my most comfortable pants, my favorite sweater that falls victim to the dreaded color run. I may have washed that pair of red shorts a bazillion times without incident, but when I combine the shorts in the same load as my favorite capris, I’m left with a pink splotched mess.
It’s Murphy’s Law.
So, I can honestly say that when a friend introduced me to this, it kind of changed my life:
My friend had washed a pair of white pants with a rust colored shirt (see, I’m not the only one!). Carbona Color Run Remover had worked a miracle and returned her pants to their former glory. It contains no bleach, formaldehyde, or phosphates — but is effective even on previous color run accidents where the streaks or dyes were set in the dryer.
All you do is dissolve the Carbona powder in a bucket of water and immerse the stained clothing. Within seconds, the color run disappears. It’s practically magical. And, I can tell you from personal experience that it absolutely works on stains that have been through the dryer.
I will warn you that I did have one blouse that Carbona didn’t manage to save. It did get the color run out, but it also took the color out of the print on the blouse. So, read the back of the box carefully and make sure to do a spot test if you’re unsure. Carbona works particularly well on whites. It has saved many a white school uniform shirt at our house.
I can’t live without this stuff. I get it at a fabric store and usually buy four to six boxes at a time (it’s about $3 a box), so I always have it when I need it. It’s saved
the day the blouse on more than one occasion.