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<span>I would really like to make some baby items out of organic fabric, but we all know it is more $$ than regular.<br><br>
I was wonder if it is possible to wash pesticides out of fabrics like cotton and wool? Maybe not all but most?<br></span>
 

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I remember washing our non-organic newborn clothes with borax and vinegar to get rid of the finishing chemicals. I think I did 1/2 c. - 1 c. of borax in with the soap at the beginning of the wash and then 1/2 c. vinegar in the rinse cycle. I'm not postitive on the amounts. I tried searching for the instructions but I couldn't find them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
As far as pesticides go, I think that is more of an issue of what is put on the land and gets into the groundwater, etc. The amount of pesticides that ends up in fabric is small compared to the dyes and finishing chemicals - stuff like formaldehyde (sp.?). Or at least that is my understanding of it, I could be totally off. But the original source I got the borax-vinegar info from said that's the way to go for non-organic fabrics. Hope that helps! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
ETA: Have you checked with the Natural Home & Body Care forum? They know of all sorts of nifty things like this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Good info!<br><br>
Most of the baby items (clothes and blankets) will be used from consignment stores so at least most of the manufacturing crap will have been washed out. But for fabric...good plan.
 
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