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I have several natural (undyed) wool covers and they all eventually get dingy. It's sort of spotty- and it's a brownish-orange stain that occurs.<br><br>
We exclusively use wool at night so these covers are being used with very wet nighttime diapers and getting a lot of use.<br><br>
Is there anything I can do about this? I guess I could Kool-Aid dye them and I plan to do that with a few of them, but I want to keep some the way they are.<br><br>
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i had a really cute yellow soaker that got dingy. So much so that my DH called it the leopard print soaker. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I dyed it with blue food coloring and now it's a pretty blue green.
 

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I have a few; they are heavily used and started to look awful! I ended up hand-washing them in Dawn, of all things ... I had to change the water *several* times, but once I was done they looked brand new! Of course, they had to be relanolized, but they're 100% softer and nicer-looking.
 

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I might have to try Dawn as well.
 

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Nope ... I used it the same way you'd use a wool wash .... a generous squirt in a dish pan with lukewarm water. I let it soak for a while and gave it a swirl every now and then. I probably soaked each one for at least an hour, squeezing the water through very gently. I rinsed each one thoroughly, several times, to make sure I got all the suds out. Then I lanolized with Lansinoh.
 

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I love my natural wool and am hesitant to get anything else. The beauty of the natural color is that you can sun it without any fear of uneven fading. Works great!
 

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i have the same problem with my natural sugar peas cover. it has spots that look really yucky, kinda grayish. i think i should try dawn...does ith ave to be Dawn exactly or can it be any dish detergent?
 

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Is the dingy-ness from urine? My covers have the same issue! I will try the sun first....
 

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My dingy-ness is definitely from urine. It's not from too much lanolizing (I almost never lanolize!) and it's not from dirt.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 

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nak<br><br>
yeah, they get ratty looking, but sunning and sweater shaving help. When they get too bad I kool aid dye them. Strip them first to get the dye to take evenly. I think synthrapol (sp?) is supposed to be best, but i bet dawn would work.
 

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Mine got sort of dingy/darkened in color after lots of use. I never really cared, they still worked fine. My kids wore clothes over them. Sometimes I hung them in the sun, works to fade them back to their original brightness.
 

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My SP natural cover would always look digny after a while. I found that more frequently washing did the job. I just used Eucalan but the cover always came out looking fresh and creamy white!<br><br>
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