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Old 12-13-2012, 06:10 PM   #1
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Easiest way to wash wool longies?

For a new to wool mama? I don't use these over fitteds, so don't need lanolizing. However a pair I just got have that "been in storage for some time" smell. What's the easiest way to wash them? Can I use blue dawn? How much do I need? Thanks

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Old 12-13-2012, 06:59 PM   #2
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what kind of wool? interlock? hand knit? machine knit?
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I hear some use baby shampoo.
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Re: Easiest way to wash wool longies?

A bit of dawn or even just baby wash and some white vinegar to neutralize odors should do the trick. I tried my top loader washing machine today. Anther poster suggested this and you do need to be careful not to over agitate.

I did cool or cold water, small load, a bit of detergent or whatever soap you prefer with 1/4 cup vinegar. Let agitate 1 -2 minutes on gentle. Stop the washer and let soak for about 30 minutes give or take a few. Let agitate again for a couple of minutes more and then move the dial to spin and let spin out. For the spin I prefer to let most of the water drain and then refill with rinse water repeat the above but let agitate only once. When spinning out the water remove the longies when most of the water is gone. Then fold lengthwise in a towel. Return them to the washer to finnish spinning out. To me this is gentler on the longies. Not folding in a towel has resulted in a few small holes in my upcycled wool. My theory is also that it gets more moisture out of them speeding dry time.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:04 PM   #5
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I have a lot of vintage fabrics. Vinegar is my favorite to get out smells!

Vinegar is safe for wool. You can soak them if needed. The key to washing wool is not agitate (move it around ) in hot water. Wash with luke warm or room temp water by hand. Use a wool wash, dishsoap (no Bleach!), or baby shampoo. Never use bleach on wool. Lay flat to dry.
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what kind of wool? interlock? hand knit? machine knit?
All hand knit
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Thanks. I have read the washer thread, just not sure if I trust myself to try it

They are for her Christmas outfit so if I do them this weekend gives plenty time to dry fully.
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I hear some use baby shampoo.
i do, works great and smells lovely
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Little baby wash and a little lanolin.. I'm going to try my non knit wool in my top loader later today.. Knit wool I will hand wash.
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