| 12-17-2008, 11:29 AM || #21 |
Join Date: Apr 2008
| | Re: WetWebbies Washing Guide
Swimfast, you are right!
Originally Posted by swimfast551
Great idea! You can also use mild shampoo, hand soap or dish soap and get the same results. Great idea of making this a guide though!
A "detergent" is much better than soap for washing fabrics. A detergent is made to rinse out cleanly. Real soap is chemically a salt and will leave a residue on the fabric that will just attract more dirt.
Mild detergents you can find around the house include Woolite, hair shampoo, liquid hand soap, and dish soap. I think the best of these is dish soap. It cleans off a lot of yucky substances and rinses out cleanly.
Some bar soaps these days are actually a detergent in solid form, so read the label - it may be OK for fabrics. If in doubt, go with a liquid. (Or you can PM me with the first 3 ingredients, and I'll tell you if it's soap or detergent.)
Whatever brand you decide to use, look for a label that says, "anionic or nonionic surfactants" or "sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate" or "ammonium lauryl/laureth sulfate" as one of the main ingredients. Avoid additives -- anything with extra conditioners, brighteners, bleaches, and citrus oils might damage or alter the webbies' fur or stuffing.
The trick for best results is just as WIluver described it -- you have to suds your washcloth, not the plushie. Wet your towel, pre-wet your webbie, and use only a very small amount of detergent. That makes it so much easier to get the suds rinsed out. Most of the webbies won't be harmed by clean water. You can rinse several times to make sure all the cleaning agent is out.
Dry on extra-low or no heat with a blow drier, in a loosely tied pillowcase in the clothes drier on air fluff (no heat), or on a folded fluffy towel in a sunny window. After it is well dried, you can brush it lightly with a very soft brush.
This was a great idea for a guide. I've read some sad posts when cleaning attempts have gone wrong. This will be very helpful to everyone.
Has anyone tried using a spot remover (like Tide ToGo, Shout, or Resolve)?
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