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Thread: Detergent for washing fabric and quilts

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    Cool Detergent for washing fabric and quilts

    Just curious to see what detergent others use when washing their fabrics or quilts. I use Woolite on gentle cycle (no fabric softener in the wash) then a bouce free dryer sheet (to avoid static) when I wash mine.

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    I paid a lot of money and bought some fancy "quilt" detergent that was suppose to be very mild. I used it once. I have a whole container of it left. I use my Tide and it works just fine. I don't put much in the wash, just a couple of tablespoons. All my quilts have come out fine. I think the fancy one has turned into one big blob inside the bottle. It's just fabric, so I decided to go the easy way. I know the people that get my quilts will wash them with laundry soap anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I paid a lot of money and bought some fancy "quilt" detergent that was suppose to be very mild. I used it once. I have a whole container of it left. I use my Tide and it works just fine. I don't put much in the wash, just a couple of tablespoons. All my quilts have come out fine. I think the fancy one has turned into one big blob inside the bottle. It's just fabric, so I decided to go the easy way. I know the people that get my quilts will wash them with laundry soap anyway.
    I am with you on this issue , I throw mine in the wash with Tide as well. I do reduce the quanitity of detergent.

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    If it's a gift for someone or a charity quilt, I use Tide Free. Otherwise, regular Tide or Gain.
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    I don't alter my detergent for quilts or pre-washing fabric. I use Arm & Hammer.

    I might alter the amount I use ... just not the brand.
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    I use Tide, Dreft or Shaklee Laundry Detergent. I avoid anything that says "bleach"

    I use tepid or cool water for washing a finished quilt - and try to go easy on the agitation - I feel that's what is really hard on a quilt - and dry on Permanent Press in the dryer until barely dry.

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    All Free I am allergic to fabric softner, dryer sheets and many scented laundry detergents. My son's dermatolagist recommended All Free. When I donate or gift quilts I also use All Free. Normal cycle warm and dry on medium heat.
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    I pre-wash my fabrics the same as if I were doing any other laundry, minus the fabric softner. I wash my quilts and quilts that I am going to gift the same way that the reciever is going to wash them. Warm water, Tide, Downy and put them in the dryer on medium.
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    Wash it with my regular wash.

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    I use Purex; I figure if it is good enough for my daughter's clothes then it's good enough for my fabric. And yes, I use the regular wash cycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    I don't alter my detergent for quilts or pre-washing fabric. I use Arm & Hammer.

    I might alter the amount I use ... just not the brand.

    me too!!! i love arm and hammer detergent...

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    i use the detergent i wash everything with- and use a normal cycle-generally warm wash, cold rinse-
    unless there is some reason to be more gentle- or use something more *fragile*
    i figure what ever i make better hold up to normal wear & tear- and laundering- so i do not give special treatment- unless i have a hand-dye that wants to bleed- then i use retayne- then synthropol & color catchers-
    yardage gets washed & dried normal- even my wool quilt was tossed into the washer, regular cycle, regular detergent - i did add fabric softener- then the dryer- came out beautifully!
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    There is a detergent available at agri stores...like Farm & Fleet, Rural King, or whatever the name, where agri folks buy their supplies. The name of the detergent is ORVIS, very reasonably priced, very gentle, and comparable to the "expensive quilt soap", but doesn't lump up. The farmers, livestock people use it to wash their animals-all "areas"....so it has to be gentle, but good........I use it on our quilts and give it in a little baby jar along with a gifted quilt-along with instructions on "how to wash a quilt". I think that info is somewhere on the net........Just what I do....

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    I only us Tide..

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