Does laundering make a big difference in this? Is this anything others are concerned about? What about waterproof fabrics? I'm wanting to recycle the stuff local factories don't use anymore and make them into various things for kids too...
I want to use fabrics that have already been made and are destined for the dump, usually these don't come with fabric contents or info on how they are treated? Should I just got with untreated fabrics I buy from the store?
If the recipients are other people's children, then I would be prudent and use fabric that I know for sure is made of child-friendly materials.
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This isn't even something i would think about. But it depends on the original article. Curtains, tablecloths, sheets don't tend to be fire-resistant. In fact i can't think of any household fabric that would be.
Maybe I'm overthinking things? Totally possible!
If you're curious about the type of fabric, you can do a burn test.
I can tell what kind of fabric it is...just not the types of treatments. Although you're right about the burn test for the fire-resistant stuff...
A quick Google earlier indicated that it washes off with soap (as opposed to conditioner).
If you're worried about other chemicals, then older fabrics are better than new since they've been out of the factory longer and have been washed more.