Those color catching laundry sheets work wonders in the wash, but they can be pricey considering they’re single use. Thankfully they’re easy to make with a few ingredients, and the homemade versions work just as well.
To roll your own, all you need are a few white washcloths (bar mops or other small white cloth will do), some water, and some washing soda, aka sodium carbonate. Washing soda (sometimes called soda ash) isn’t hard to find; Amazon has 5lb bags for $15, or 3.5lb boxes for $10. Warm up the water, mix in the washing soda, and soak the washcloths. Then just hang the cloth to dry. When they’re completely dry, toss them into the wash like you would the disposable kind.
That’s all there is to it. You’ll need to soak the washcloth after each use, but you get a lot of mileage out of the washing soda, and you don’t have another sheet to throw away with every load of laundry. I used to buy color catchers to pick up any leaching dye in the wash, but considering how easy they are to make, the DIY option may be worth a try.
Photo by Bell and Jeff.