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Old 10-21-2004, 06:46 PM - Thread Starter
 
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i got a fabric softener question...i have a couple of fleece pants and two fleece covers. I know washing with fabric softener is supposed to make it more water-proof as such - but how do I do this? Do I just soak the pants/covers in fabric softener mix with water, then drip dry, or will it need a rinse?
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I usually just throw my fleece in the dryer with a dryer sheet. Never tried any sort of liquid fabric softener. And for unknown reasons (I keep meaning to call and ask) Malden Mills does not recommend fabric softener on their fleece so it's a 'do at your own risk' sort of activity .

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MM doesn't condone fabric softener because it increases the flammability of fleece.

You can just mix about 2 tablespoons fabric softener into a gallon of water, swish your fleece stuff around in it, and either dryer OR drip dry. Doesn't need to be rinsed, as liquid softener normally goes into the rinse cycle of a washing machine anyways.
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thanks! I knew you guys would be able to help me out.
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This is going to sound neourotic, but I'm putting it out there anyway.. I always try to make sure that the side I want "waterproofed" is out.. Like I want to INSIDE of the of fleece pants to be water repellant so I wash them inside out... I realize that the whole of the pants is getting wet.. But just like I pour lanolin onto the inside of my soakers to increase water resistance I do the same with anything I want to "waterproof" using fabric softner..

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Wow...I've never ever had to waterproof fleece covers or pants...I didn't even know people did this?

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I just wash my fleece with the rest of my clothes. I just throw and dryer sheet in with the dryer and don't do anything special!
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