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Feb 10, 2012 10:23:09   #
janette777
 
Once again I advise the use of Orvus (sp it has been a long time since the label came off lol) It is cheaper to use than any shampoo and has been used by spinners and knitters for as long as it has been around. Usually I got mine from a hardware store. I am still using a jar I got 10 yrs ago for $18.
 
Feb 10, 2012 10:38:50   #
valj46
 
janette777 wrote:
Once again I advise the use of Orvus (sp it has been a long time since the label came off lol) It is cheaper to use than any shampoo and has been used by spinners and knitters for as long as it has been around. Usually I got mine from a hardware store. I am still using a jar I got 10 yrs ago for $18.


i don't think we can get it over here [u.k] i have never heard of it
Feb 10, 2012 12:28:44   #
jackki
 
thank you so very much for your explanations and tips
Feb 10, 2012 14:23:23   #
yona (a regular here)
 
Ditto here! Also used shampoo for color treated hair.
Feb 10, 2012 16:21:39   #
Rainbow
 
Hi there knitters

Thank you very much for the information about washing wool with shampoo and rinsing with conditioners. I used vinegar in my rinsing water all the time.
Feb 11, 2012 00:32:02   #
Mainiac
 
I have read that if you accidently shrink a wool item, soaking it in water with hair conditioner will loosen the fibers so that you can probably block it back to it's original size.
 
Feb 11, 2012 06:36:12   #
Debi713
 
Unfortunately no. Acrylic is a petroleum based "plastic". It's not porous and has no scale. Even knowing that, I did try using a conditioner rinse on a very scratchy/itchy acrylic sweater. There was no improvement.

From what I've read on this forum some acrylics (especially Red Heart) benefit from washing and machine drying.

Maisy wrote:
Does this apply to Acrylic Yarn?

Thanks,

Maisy
Feb 11, 2012 06:39:59   #
Debi713
 
You are very welcome. Glad I was able to help out.
Feb 13, 2012 10:19:35   #
bboyc
 
My knitting teacher said to use shampoo or the blue Dawn dishes soap as they have the right PH for wool. I use some rich shampoo and it softens and brings out the bloom in wool when I soak, wash, dry by wrapping flat ina rolled up towel and jumpring on it to get the knitting almost dry and then block it.
Barb
Feb 13, 2012 10:34:15   #
courier770
 
Brown Sheep Yarn has a wool shampoo out that is VERY reasonably priced, like less expensive than shampoos for color treated hair.

You might have to search on line for it if your LYS doesn't carry it. I've been using it for several years now.
Feb 15, 2012 09:44:40   #
guen12
 
I had knitted a scarf of "Colts" blue and white. The white stayed fairly fresh looking but when I turned it a different way in the light it appeared to be somewhat soiled. I had read about the baby shampoo on an earlier topics page. I tried it and was very pleased of the outcome. It was very soft and very bright white. Will do this again if I am knitting with white. Oh, by the way, it did not look "used". Very fresh looking.
 
Feb 16, 2012 13:44:41   #
mousepotato
 
The advantage of using a wool wash as opposed to shampoos and conditioners of any type, or dish detergent (other than for washing fleeces) is that wool wash is designed specifically for wool and does not need to be rinsed out, which avoids the possibility of shocking the wool with a water temperature change ,or the potential of inadvertantly felting the wool (or other animal fiber) due to agitation. It is gentle enough that I know a number of people who use it to bathe their dogs.
Feb 16, 2012 13:52:30   #
yellowrose741
 
Thank all of you so much for your guidance
Feb 16, 2012 14:38:23   #
MamaBonz 55
 
Debi713 wrote:
Unfortunately no. Acrylic is a petroleum based "plastic". It's not porous and has no scale. Even knowing that, I did try using a conditioner rinse on a very scratchy/itchy acrylic sweater. There was no improvement.

Maisy wrote:
Does this apply to Acrylic Yarn?

Thanks, Maisy


Just a thought: I'm allergic to almost every kind of scent so I never use conditioner, dryer sheets or similar products either in the laundry or for my hair. I've found that all that's needed is a thorough rinsing to be sure all the soap is removed. Even towels are perfectly soft. I use Dr. Bonner's pure castille soap for washing knit items but I'm going to try Orvus when my supply runs out.

My LYS gave me a sample or "Soak" but it's scented so I haven't tried it.
Feb 16, 2012 15:13:56   #
StitchDesigner
 
bboyc wrote:
My knitting teacher said to use shampoo or the blue Dawn dishes soap as they have the right PH for wool. I use some rich shampoo and it softens and brings out the bloom in wool when I soak, wash, dry by wrapping flat ina rolled up towel and jumpring on it to get the knitting almost dry and then block it.
Barb


Dawn is NOT soap. It is detergent. Soap will not cut through and destroy crude oil. Dawn is what is used on animals to do just that after an oil spill. I know from the BP spill. You do not want to use detergent, only soap on wool.
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