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    I've made many rag quilts out of old blue jeans, they shed when washed. I'm sure they would plug up the plumbing and my washing machine. I always go to the laundrymat better theirs than mine.

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    my dad owned a laundromat. He really hated to have to clean the traps from someone washing a rag quilt in one of his washers. Laundromats have the same problems as we do. Prices at laundromats are going up too - equipment has to be repaired, cleaned etc. Some laundromats even have septic systems. Why treat them any different than you do your own?

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    We have a septic system, it uses chlorine tablets and an auto paddle to keep agitated and we have a red light that comes on if there is a problem (way back in a closet so who sees it anyway) I think anything that can be flushed has been! We don't use RidX but have the system checked every year and so far it hasn't had to be pumped but once in over 20 years. The one thing that was found that wasn't broke down was plastic straws. I'm careful not to have any in the dishwasher anymore.

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    Interesting "thread" on this forum. Never thought of any of these problems. Thanks for mentioning it.

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    Never had a problem, have been on a septic system for 21 years.

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    Erma Bombeck would have found this 'thread' very inspirational :-)

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    I live in the city with regular sewer system so I don't worry about the septic system, but my drain from the washer can get clogged if I wash the rag quilts , so I do mine at the laundry mat. They are equipped to handle the lint.( larger drain pipes) :-D

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    I was told when I first started making the rag quilts to do them at a laundy place which I always do in the first 3 or 4 washes. You will be surprised how much thread comes out. Well worth the trip and I use one of the large tumble ones for a full quilt or larger.
    Quote Originally Posted by didi
    Someone mentioned washing quilts if you have a septic tank.

    I have noticed when I wash my quilts after sewing them, I get alot of thread in my washer. At least when I do the Rag Quilts. Does this hurt my septic tank???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    Quilts are made of cotton,wouldn't that just go away with the the stuff you flush down once a month?Does that make since?
    That's what I was thinking. Cotton will deteriorate after a while-------and in a septic tank, I wouldn't think it would take long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwilter
    Quote Originally Posted by dkabasketlady
    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    Quilts are made of cotton,wouldn't that just go away with the the stuff you flush down once a month?Does that make since?
    The once a month stuff is - Rid-X
    We had to use it when we lived in IN. and had a septic system.
    I've also been told to wash the rag quilts at a laundromat.
    Believe I'd go with this, just to be sure!
    I have a rag quilt almost ready to clip the ends,so laundromat,here i come.

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    I am a relatively NEW quilter but because I saw postings about people ruining their washing machines, when I do a rag quilt, I make a trip to the laundromat! I have a septic system, as well, so if there is any question about that, I certainly am glad I've taken both of my rag quilts to the laundromat for washing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConnieSue
    I just recently washed a rag quilt for the first time. I knew it might clog my pipes so I cut the lower part of a sheer panty hose( about 10 inches) and attached it with a rubber band to the end of the hose that drains my washer. Whew!! Good thing I did cause it was almost full of threads by the time they cycle finished. This worked great for me
    What a GREAT idea!

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    I always go to the laundry mat to wash them for the first time. It even said to do so on the directions so you won't ruin your washer and dryer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConnieSue
    I just recently washed a rag quilt for the first time. I knew it might clog my pipes so I cut the lower part of a sheer panty hose( about 10 inches) and attached it with a rubber band to the end of the hose that drains my washer. Whew!! Good thing I did cause it was almost full of threads by the time they cycle finished. This worked great for me
    My mom (who originally had a cesspool before sewers went in) always had a "knee high" attached to her drain hose in the stationery sink. Even with wash. mach. filters, it still trapped the lint.

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    I have made a lot of rag quilts and have a sepic tank, so i took them to town to a laundry mat, just in case it would do something to my sepic tank. We just had ours cleaned out, it had been 6 years. In KS it cost $ 300 ! So i would take them to town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabaddict
    my dad owned a laundromat. He really hated to have to clean the traps from someone washing a rag quilt in one of his washers. Laundromats have the same problems as we do. Prices at laundromats are going up too - equipment has to be repaired, cleaned etc. Some laundromats even have septic systems. Why treat them any different than you do your own?
    As I was reading this thread (no pun intended), I was thinking this same thing. The reason for going to the laundromat would be to use the big machines for large loads or bigger items. I cannot imagine the owners would be thrilled with the "stuff" that comes off these quilts ending up in their washers/dryers/plumbing. I think I would do what someone else suggested: put the rag quilt in a pillowcase or large cloth bag to wash. That's what I have done when felting old sweaters. We probably need to be considerate of others appliances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by didi
    Someone mentioned washing quilts if you have a septic tank.
    I have noticed when I wash my quilts after sewing them, I get alot of thread in my washer. At least when I do the Rag Quilts. Does this hurt my septic tank???
    How often do you have you septic tank pumped? In our county we have to do it every 3 years. I can't see that it will be any more of a problem than hair.

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    I put my tumbling blocks into the drier with a wet towel. Man, was there a lot of animal hair and quilt threads in the filter. I always wash my material first and then don't wash the quilt after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    The main reason not to wash your rag quilts at home, is all of the strings can plug up your machine, and if you are not viligant about emptying your lint trap in the dryer, you could over heat it/cause a fire.

    The threads will break down, but it takes considerably longer than toilet paper. As to causing a problem to your septic tank? That depends on how well the rest of the sludge is breaking down, and how many of these quilts you are making.

    The $3-4 dollars it costs to wash these in a laundra mat is nothing compared to what you could spend later on washing them at home :wink: :D:D:D

    I don't wash rag quilts in my machine, the reason being that the first time I did it, I had to take the pump off the machine and clean out all the threads. I did not want to do that again.

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    I would never wash my quilts at the laundramat. I live in oil country and if you could see what some the rig workers put in those machines you would think twice about using a public facility.

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    I am on a septic system - I don't snip the visible seam allowance. When I finish a rag quilt, while I'm watching tv I pull most of the threads from the seam allowance so very little is left to shed in whatever machine I use.

    I also never put egg shells, bones (both of which will never dissolve), or coffee grounds thru my disposal. In over 25 years I have never had the system serviced.

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    Several years ago we had to have a new septic system put in (thru no fault of ours) and they guy that did it said you can throw some hamburger down your toilet or septic and it will break up the bacteria and works well. He also put "T joints" in the system to prevent tiny things from clogging the whole thing up and saving the new system. I can't remember what all he said about the T joints, but they seem to be working.
    I have washed a twin and crib size rag quilt in my washer with no problems, the larger ones I take to the laundromat and use the big industrial size washer. Then I dry them at home.

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    I agree with Fabaddict! Why make it someone else's problem and cost???

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    I also put a nylon panty hose piece on the hose that drains in the was tub. I could not believe how much lint came from the rag quilt and I washed it a couple of times. I put it in the dryer and stopped the dryer a few times to empty lint catcher. Also in some of our laundromats have a notice no rag quilts but people still do it.

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    I wash everything at home. I do use one of those mesh strainers on the end of the hose coming from the washer (which then drains into a laundry tub) so the lint and threads do not go down the drain.

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