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#1 of 9 Old 03-03-2005, 10:56 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I just got a Peace Fleece skirt and it is pretty scratchy. I also have very scratchy Pickle Pants. I have repeatedly washed in wool wash but the Pickle Pants are still scratchy (just got the skirt so haven't washed it yet) I have heard that putting hair conditioner on wool will soften it. How exactly is this done? Any brand in particular? Should wool be wet? Moist? How to apply the conditioner? Is there anything I should NOT do? I don't want to risk damaging anything - especially this beautiful skirt

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Unfortunately, there isn't much you can do for scratchy wool. I think the conditioner trick does make a little bit of a difference. I've heard the cheaper the kind, the better. You just put a whole bunch of it in a little lukewarm water in the sink and work it in gently. Do not agitate too much! Also, Peace Fleece apparently softens up a lot after just regular washing. Hopefully that helps.

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If downey advanced is okay to soften up hemp and not mess up absorbancey why cant we use it for wool??
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I used keratin conditioner from natures gate on my soakers and it worked great! I got them wet, rubbed the conditioner all over the soakers, let them sit for a while, then rinsed them out. Nice soft soakers!
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I just recently conditioned some scratchy wool I had.

I used suave humectress (sp)

After i washed the soaker and it was still damp I squirted a big ol' handful on conditioner on it and gently massaged it in. I let it sit overnight (I meant it to be 10 minutes but I forgot about it)

I think it softened up a lot. it smells good too!
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Another tip, which works very well, is to put a little liquid fabric softener in a bowl of tepid water and let the garment soak for 20 mn or so. Any kind is fine. Because the cover is SUPPOSED to repel water, it actually works well. I have done this with a few of my covers and never had a problem. You won't have any glops of conditioner, either.
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I made a pair of longies, a bum sweater and a cover from the same wool sweater. The longies and bum sweater were finished first so they've been conditioned but the cover hasn't. The conditioned pieces are definitely softer than the unconditioned cover, but I don't think they're as soft as cashmere or merino. So conditioner helps, but may not solve all the scratchies.

I used a 99c bottle of VO5 (strawberries and cream- yum) conditioner mixed in just enough cool water to cover my wool. It soaked for 45 min then I rinsed it gently in cool water and let it dry before lanolizing it. It smells yummy! Of course, I'm not sure how well it works because ds is wearing it for the first time right now! :LOL
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I'm going to try the fabric softener trick next. I totally love the smell of my FS.
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