Ok, ok, I admit it. I probably got you here under false pretenses. With a post title like that you might have been hoping for a juicy bit of gossip or similar. But no, quite literally I’m going to be talking about my dirty laundry. Which I hadn’t actually realised was all that dirty until I was asked to try Dr Beckmann’s Colour & Dirt Collector!
Now, the main aim behind Dr Beckmann’s is to prevent colours running in the wash, allowing you to wash coloured clothes with whites, with no fear that you’re going to end up with your husbands work shirts turning a nice shade of pink due to a rouge red football sock.
In this house we seem to generate a lot of laundry, certainly more than I think four people should, so it’s rare that I don’t have a full load of whites at any one time, yet there are occasions where I need a clean school shirt for Little Miss C and the only other stuff in the laundry basket is dark in colour. What I usually end up doing in this situation is quickly strip a bed and throw in a load of white bedding too, but there are times when I just wish I could cross my fingers and put it all in together. My own experience of accidentally dying one of LMC’s school socks pink has put me off somewhat.
When I was asked to test out Dr Beckmann’s Colour and Dirt Collector they also sent me a link to a new video they’ve just done with fellow blogger Jen from Mum in The Mad House. I was amazed at just how much colour Dr. Beckmann’s collected and wanted to give it a go myself.
The other thing that intrigued me was the thought of just how much dirt there was coming out of my clothes (or more accurately my kids’ clothes!) that was then just sloshing around in the machine when they were supposedly getting clean. I know that LMC’s shirts are no where near as white as they were back in September, but I just put that down to be being a kid. Maybe I could have been doing something about it after all.
I’ve done quite a few washes now with Dr Beckmann’s Colour & Dirt Collector in my machine and I’m gobsmacked by the results. I’ve even sadly been keeping the dirt sheets on my desk to look at as I write this post. They are far far dirtier than I ever imagined.
Here I’ve got three Dr Beckmann sheets. In the middle is a new clean one straight out of the box. On the left is the one that was in a load of washing after my kids had been playing out in the garden – shorts, T-shirts, towels for after using the paddling pool, socks etc. On the right one that was just in a normal load of the family’s laundry. Yikes!
If this is just a normal load of laundry then I’m glad I don’t put my whites in there too, but at the same time I’m rather relieved that I at least know how much dirt and colour there is washing around in there. So for those emergency night before school shirt washes I’ll be prepared with Dr Beckmann Colour & Dirt Collector when the new term starts in September!
Disclaimer: I was sent a box of Dr Beckmann’s Colour & Dirt Collector for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.