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Feb 9, 2012 12:14:59   #
yellowrose741
 
I have heard that you can use Baby Shampoo instead of expensive wool wash and it sounds reasonable to me...yarn is hair !! I have also read to combine conditioner with the shampoo. Also makes sense to me but just because something makes sense doesn't mean it is right. So to all of you experiences knitters. Does it work?
Thanks
 
Feb 9, 2012 18:20:03   #
Chrissy (a regular here)
 
yellowrose741 wrote:
I have heard that you can use Baby Shampoo instead of expensive wool wash and it sounds reasonable to me...yarn is hair !! I have also read to combine conditioner with the shampoo. Also makes sense to me but just because something makes sense doesn't mean it is right. So to all of you experiences knitters. Does it work?
Thanks


I don't know, but got to be worth trying.
Feb 9, 2012 18:25:25   #
nanma esther
 
i'v used any good shampoo to wash delicates for years and conditioner in the rinse
i always seem to have extra conditioner i use it in the washer for fabric softner,
Feb 9, 2012 18:40:24   #
yellowrose741
 
Then I will use it !! I am only hand washing tho.

Thanks

nan-ma wrote:
i'v used any good shampoo to wash delicates for years and conditioner in the rinse
i always seem to have extra conditioner i use it in the washer for fabric softner,
Feb 10, 2012 06:10:31   #
Gerslay
 
I wash and/or block my wools in very mild or baby shampoo and add a tiny bit of conditioner to the rinse. Everything comes out great!
Feb 10, 2012 06:30:18   #
Debi713
 
Hi, as a hand spinner and a hairdresser, I'd like to jump in on this one.

You are absolutely right in that wool is hair and can be treated as such. Only I'd have to stay away from baby shampoo. In reality it is probably one of harshest shampoos out there due to it's alkalinity and surfactants. Just because it doesn't burn the eyes doesn't mean that it's gentle. That being said by all means feel free to use any pH balanced shampoo. Also, avoid those that are designed for clarifying, as they are designed to strip all sorts of stuff from the hair. My preference is one for chemically treated hair (color, perms) as they are designed to return the hair to a natural pH and usually have a light moisturizer as well.

Conditioner in the rinse is also a good idea as water while considered neutral in pH (7-7.5) is alkaline to hair and wool (pH of 4-4.5) Also, conditioners have other ingredients that soften and moisturize. If you don't have any conditioner to add to the rinse you can use a little lemon juice or vinegar. They are both acidic and will return the wool to a natural pH.
 
Feb 10, 2012 07:20:36   #
yellowrose741
 
Just the answer I needed. thank you so much.I am hoping to soften some wool I am knitting with at the moment. I just need to get this finished and into the sink for a good hand wash it will go !!

Debi713 wrote:
Hi, as a hand spinner and a hairdresser, I'd like to jump in on this one.

You are absolutely right in that wool is hair and can be treated as such. Only I'd have to stay away from baby shampoo. In reality it is probably one of harshest shampoos out there due to it's alkalinity and surfactants. Just because it doesn't burn the eyes doesn't mean that it's gentle. That being said by all means feel free to use any pH balanced shampoo. Also, avoid those that are designed for clarifying, as they are designed to strip all sorts of stuff from the hair. My preference is one for chemically treated hair (color, perms) as they are designed to return the hair to a natural pH and usually have a light moisturizer as well.

Conditioner in the rinse is also a good idea as water while considered neutral in pH (7-7.5) is alkaline to hair and wool (pH of 4-4.5) Also, conditioners have other ingredients that soften and moisturize. If you don't have any conditioner to add to the rinse you can use a little lemon juice or vinegar. They are both acidic and will return the wool to a natural pH.
Hi, as a hand spinner and a hairdresser, I'd like ... (show quote)
Feb 10, 2012 07:28:14   #
Gerslay
 
Thanks Debi713...I'll be sticking with the color/chem treated shampoo from now on.
Feb 10, 2012 07:39:12   #
valj46
 
yellowrose741 wrote:
Then I will use it !! I am only hand washing tho.

Thanks

nan-ma wrote:
i'v used any good shampoo to wash delicates for years and conditioner in the rinse
i always seem to have extra conditioner i use it in the washer for fabric softner,


i often use hair conditioner for any hand wash i think needs softening also shampoo that do not suit my hair for cleaning the bath out ,bath foam for cleaning , i have very dry skin so any wash gifts go for cleaning better than throwing away
Feb 10, 2012 07:50:05   #
pzoe
 
Debi713 wrote:
Hi, as a hand spinner and a hairdresser, I'd like to jump in on this one.

You are absolutely right in that wool is hair and can be treated as such. Only I'd have to stay away from baby shampoo. In reality it is probably one of harshest shampoos out there due to it's alkalinity and surfactants. Just because it doesn't burn the eyes doesn't mean that it's gentle. That being said by all means feel free to use any pH balanced shampoo. Also, avoid those that are designed for clarifying, as they are designed to strip all sorts of stuff from the hair. My preference is one for chemically treated hair (color, perms) as they are designed to return the hair to a natural pH and usually have a light moisturizer as well.

Conditioner in the rinse is also a good idea as water while considered neutral in pH (7-7.5) is alkaline to hair and wool (pH of 4-4.5) Also, conditioners have other ingredients that soften and moisturize. If you don't have any conditioner to add to the rinse you can use a little lemon juice or vinegar. They are both acidic and will return the wool to a natural pH.
Hi, as a hand spinner and a hairdresser, I'd like ... (show quote)


Wow, thanks so much.

pzoe
Feb 10, 2012 07:51:17   #
faithphoenix
 
Dear Debi713, thank you so much for your explanation with regard to the washing medium for wool - and hair! I knit with Shetland wool and will use the lemon rinse in future.
 
Feb 10, 2012 08:21:40   #
ptober
 
thanks for a science based (pH) explanation! it makes sense to me when I can see it explained with rationale behind the explanation.
Feb 10, 2012 09:15:18   #
pocono.carol
 
yellowrose741 wrote:
Just the answer I needed. thank you so much.I am hoping to soften some wool I am knitting with at the moment. I just need to get this finished and into the sink for a good hand wash it will go !!

Debi713 wrote:
Hi, as a hand spinner and a hairdresser, I'd like to jump in on this one.

You are absolutely right in that wool is hair and can be treated as such. Only I'd have to stay away from baby shampoo. In reality it is probably one of harshest shampoos out there due to it's alkalinity and surfactants. Just because it doesn't burn the eyes doesn't mean that it's gentle. That being said by all means feel free to use any pH balanced shampoo. Also, avoid those that are designed for clarifying, as they are designed to strip all sorts of stuff from the hair. My preference is one for chemically treated hair (color, perms) as they are designed to return the hair to a natural pH and usually have a light moisturizer as well.

Conditioner in the rinse is also a good idea as water while considered neutral in pH (7-7.5) is alkaline to hair and wool (pH of 4-4.5) Also, conditioners have other ingredients that soften and moisturize. If you don't have any conditioner to add to the rinse you can use a little lemon juice or vinegar. They are both acidic and will return the wool to a natural pH.
Hi, as a hand spinner and a hairdresser, I'd like ... (show quote)
Just the answer I needed. thank you so much.I am ... (show quote)


Thank you for the great info. There are so many experts on this site.
Feb 10, 2012 09:30:24   #
marileej
 
Just a question, with the price of PH balanced shampoo and conditioners, wouldn't the price of the wool wash be more cost effective...Just a thought.
Feb 10, 2012 10:14:54   #
Maisy
 
Does this apply to Acrylic Yarn?

Thanks,

Maisy
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