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Old 02-19-2010, 10:04 PM   #1
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Whats the best way to prewash A LOT of naturals?

DH and I FINALLY got our wash/dryer. So we have a front loader now.... but the drying still isn't hooked up (long story) So what my question is...

Normally when I pre wash a HUGE chunk of fabric thats 2-4 yards, I have to wash it on hot, then dry 2-3 times, and it still seems to need more washing. And that was when we had a top loader. Do you think I could get away with cutting 21X21 and then pre washing? Or should I do more like 22X22. I just wanna get the most out of my fabric

PLUS, we don't have the dryer working (need to get DH's butt in gear to get it hooked up!) can I still pre wash, then hang dry? Or is that a bad idea... I just have SOOO many knits, and naturals to pre wash


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Old 02-20-2010, 10:21 AM   #2
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Re: Whats the best way to prewash A LOT of naturals?

I've always washed on hot and dried on hot, then repeated it a few more times. I try to prewash 3 times just to be safe.

Just curious, what dryer were you using before? Is the new dryer a new one or a used one? Either way, it seems odd to me that it would take 2 or 3 cycles to dry completely. Maybe you need to stop it periodically and adjust the fabric if it's twisted. I wouldn't suggest cutting the fabric up because I'd be afraid it would shrink funny or too much to be useful.

I have a Sears portable top loader and I've washed a 3 yard piece of OBV and a 5 yard piece of OBV with no trouble. We have commercial dryers in our laundery room and they dried well, even when the dryer wasn't really full enough.
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Old 02-20-2010, 10:28 AM   #3
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Re: Whats the best way to prewash A LOT of naturals?

i agree i would not cut to small, i would also suggest taking a trip to the laundry mat as it is really important to dry with high heat to know that it is not going to shrink more once made.
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