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Old 04-23-2006, 03:57 PM   #1
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I bought a soaker from a mama on here and really want to use it. When I first tried it on my DD, she wore it only for a very short time b/c when I went ot change her, I noticed that the green color of the soaker had gotten on the white diaper. It did all come out in the wash but I don't want it to keep happening. Any ideas? Is there a special way I should clean/ lanolize it to keep the color from transferring to the dipe?

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Old 04-23-2006, 05:15 PM   #2
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Re: Speaking of wool... a question

sometimes the dyes on wool don't set as firmly as you'd like. you could try to set the dye.

when i dye things this is what i do:

put the soaker in a pyrex (like 9x13) glass dish & cover it with enough water to cover it. make sure that your wool is nice & wet (it may have to sit and soak a bit to achieve this. you might also put a splash of white vinegar in (if you have it handy). then cover the pyrex with a tight layer of plasticwrap & put it in the micro on high for 2 minutes. let it rest for 2 minutes and then do it another 2 minutes on high. after it's no longer molten/steamy check to see if any color is bleeding into the water. i usually squish the wool up against hte side of the dish with a spoon. anyway, keep repeating til the water is clear/slightly milky looking. be careful that you don't get the wool too hot or it could felt. letting it rest a bit between zappings should keep that from happening.

once the water is clear, let it cool completely (don't touch the wool til it's cool - it's going to be really hot). then rinse it with cool water & you'll probably want to do your normal lanolizing procedure then.

hopefully that should set it for you.

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Old 04-23-2006, 06:44 PM   #3
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Here are the instructions I got from the Stacinator website for setting the color on dark wool:

**Note** Dark colored wool will bleed.
*tip* For bleeding wool, mix 3 cups white vinegar with 3tbsp salt, wet wool in lukewarm water, add to vinegar/salt mixture. Microwave for two, 3minute sessions. Allow to COMPLETELY cool, rinse in lukewarm water, wash, re-lanolize. (if you rinse before allowing to completely cool, you may unintentionally felt your garment)



Gotta warn you, you should definitely do this on a day when you can open up the windows because hot vinegar STINKS!! But it does work. I have a navy blue Stacinator cover and haven't had any problems with bleeding since I did this.

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Thank you so much! I will have to get this done this week.
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