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« on: August 08, 2011 10:28:29 AM »

I recently bought a mixed lot of fabric from eBay and it included a bunch of squares that were cut by the owner. Regardless of whether they are washed or not, I really want to wash them again: they're kind of musty and dusty and my throat was getting scratchy just going through the pile. But I'm afraid they'll fray. Also, there's not enough of them to make a whole quilt so they'll have to be mixed in with my (prewashed) squares... and I don't like the idea of the possibility that they'll shrink! So my question is: is there any way I can wash them that will do the least about of fray and damage? Otherwise, maybe I should just make whole blocks out of them, wash the blocks and then combine them with blocks that were made of squares that were prewashed by me? (Obviously, I'll be waiting to see what size they come out before putting together the prewashed blocks...)
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2011 10:55:52 AM »

If your washer has a Hand wash setting you could use that after putting them in a ligerie bag, or you could use a Dryel bag
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2011 12:13:35 PM »

hand soak with a wee bit of soap and gently hand swoosh them around.

id probably be lazy and put them in a mesh bag in the dishwasher (top shelf) no soap. rinse only....

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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2011 07:29:18 PM »

I hand wash anything less than 3/8 of a yard. . .  the fraying can get ridiculous with anything smaller. ..   but that's me.  Machine washing might do a better job of geting rid of the smell, but the mesh bag idea is a must if you try the machine.

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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2011 03:23:48 AM »

Like sloth003 said, hand wash/soak. then dry them on a towel or press dry.  you might try a small amount of baking soda added to the water for the odors.
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