Tm Reply to on 8 August 2018
|Reading some of the more negative reviews, I thought this new approach of chucking in the dye within a container would be problematic. Not so! All in one product (no more kilos of salt to buy) & no more emptying out of the dye into the drum - nice and straightforward with less room for accidents. I've been using Dylon's range of dyes for a few years now and this latest format makes it even more simple than the previous all-in-one pouch.
To improve your chances of a consistent result, follow the instructions but be aware dirt or soap residues are the enemies to the dyeing process. So I ensure the wash before dyeing is a thorough one, with no fabric conditioner. You could try using distilled white vinegar as a conditioner replacement (useful when you've run out or for towels that you need to stay absorbent), because it helps by neutralising any remaining soap. Choose the highest spin setting your machine offers to get rid of all of those residues. Then, clean out the detergent/conditioner drawer and run another rinse cycle with just water, selecting the option for water plus if your machine has the function.
The aim is to make sure there's nothing but clean detergent free fabric.
Place the Dylon pod on top of the freshly washed well rinsed damp fabrics and follow the remaining instructions for the experience you've been dyeing to see.
4 wash cycles (cleaning, dyeing, after dye wash, machine clean-out wash) per batch of clothes is a bit energy intensive, so you might want to wait until you've got enough items to rejuvenate or for when it coincides with your scheduled machine maintenance wash and run a limescale treatement during the final clean-out wash killing two birds with one stone, to justify the 'leccy costs. But, it's better than looking scruffy or throwing out garments and your machine will most certainly be free of germs after the whole process.
Several cups of tea later... results were uniform colour throughout.
I chose the Navy Blue option (the product picture shot isn't that accurate in the colour shade - it appears online as a denim blue). Results were a nice and deep uniform blue to several items all done at the same time (3 pairs of partially faded navy trousers, 2 casual navy shirts that looked a little tatty and a light blue t-shirt). One dye pod was enough to refresh all the garments to look crisp and close to new again without looking artificially over coloured.
I was a little apprehensive worried I'd get blotchy results claimed by other reviewers, but following the instructions which state to run on a 40 degrees cotton cycle, the results were as good as Dylon's previous generation all-in-one pouch, minus no dyed fingers. Trust me, the dye powder can get everywhere if it's mishandled, the pod just makes it all nice and simples.