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« on: September 19, 2009 01:25:37 AM »

I've heard of a couple company names, namely Unicorn Fibre and Kookaburra, that sell wool scouring solutions. I also know that a lot of people use Dawn. What other washes are out there that you guys know of, and what are your experiences with them?

(My dad ordered a fleece for me by surprise. I'm so excited, especially now that I know what NOT to do!)
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2009 07:03:36 PM »

Hey Special, have you checked out my webpage that has links to scouring fleeces??  I use just regular laundry detergent for scouring, then rinsing in a clear water with vinegar.
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2009 09:16:15 PM »

Ooh, thanks! I actually hadn't heard of anyone using regular old laundry detergent. I'm going to split my new fleece up and wash parts of it in different stuff so I can figure out what I like best for future reference. So far I've got Dawn, laundry detergent, and something my mom found called 'Soak'. I feel like I'm doing a science experiment Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2009 12:14:55 AM »

A lot of people really like Orvis.  I just use laundry soap myself, like Cyndi.  I also use my washer, minus the agitation cycle (I believe that's what Cyndi's page says as well - the one she linked - and I haven't found a better method!).
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2009 07:17:31 AM »

Unfortunately for me, we have a front-loader. I had been using my kitchen sink, but it was leaky and small. Bleh.
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2010 11:21:19 AM »

I use laundry detergent or dishsoap, with some vinegar, and I just fill plastic kitty litter buckets with hot soapy water (scoop away used to be plastic, not sure what is now) and keep a rotation going in my tub until it is all clean.
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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2010 03:40:43 PM »

I too prefer Cyndi's methods although if I put wool in my washer my man might flip and I'd have to explain it was ok really...I love to use plain ol Dawn the most. It hands down works the best. I also use washing soda if it is real nasty. I most always use the kitchen sink. I also recommend useing rubber gloves because you get all dried out with all that soap and real hot water. It sometimes makes my hands sorta chapped so I try to always wear gloves.
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2010 06:20:55 PM »

In the rinse water, along with the vinegar, I like to add a squirt of hair conditioner ....
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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2010 05:19:59 PM »

ooh, how exciting to recieve a fleece!
That's a whole lotta wool to play with.
Have fun  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2010 01:43:24 PM »

I use Synthrapol that I get from Dharma Trading. I use it when I wash out dye too.
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