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So, I'm slowly deboarding the Hemp Bandwagon. Yes, I'm usually<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/soapbox.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="soapbox"> about the glories of hemp, but I'm just getting so tired of the smell, which is just getting worse! I thought I had terrible buildup because the hemp was starting to smell even in the day, but when I did a "test wash" (no detergent added and check during the agitation) there were very, very few suds (I've seen much worse before). I did use a lot of Calgon in the previous wash (like three capfuls!) to try to eliminate buildup, so maybe that's it?<br><br>
Anyway, is there any other magic fabric out there similar to hemp? Hmm. But then, I guess any fabric with that much absorbency would have the same issues?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead">
 

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Well, I don't think there are other natural fibers that are as absorbent as hemp, but I am finding that those "rags" that are sold as an alternative to chamois cloth are REALLY absorbent, hold up decently in the wash, don't stink and are CHEAP!!! I got mine at the 99 cent store... I get four or five /8 -10(depending on how I cut them) out of ONE 99 cent cloth, so... they are cheap enough that I can toss 'em after a month or so if they fall apart, kwim??<br><br>
If you find a great natural alternative, I'm all ears!!!<br><br>
ETA: I forgot to mention, wasn't it Holly (Kermit) who recently used a bit of bleach on her hemp and it got rid of the stinkies??? That might be an alternative as well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Thanks!!<br><br>
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I don't know if you've tried this, but most of my stuff is hemp, and when ever it starts to get stinky I do the next couple of washes without anything added, just hot water. It seems to keep the stinkies at bay...<br><br>
Hope you find a solution soon.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Debi
 

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Organic cotton sherpa......it's mighty absorbent without the denseness of the hemp. I think that's why the hemp holds on to smells more than plain cotton. I just had to bleach all of my hemp products again...so sad. But, they smell clean finally. That rat cage smell is GROSS!!!<br><br>
I don't condone using bleach on load after load, but I'm finding that once a month, on hemp only, and about 1/4 c does the job.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I don't condone using bleach on load after load, but I'm finding that once a month, on hemp only, and about 1/4 c does the job.</td>
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I have many fleece (poly)-topped hemp doublers . . .would the bleach ruin the fleece?
 

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cause all I know is everything stinks once it has waste inside of it. I thought it was the fabrics at one time that held onto smells but I think if anything is used over and over again and something smelly keeps going on it over and over it is going to stink. My oldest son is a real stinker and my youngest is catching up to him fast.....LOL!
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by Mizelenius</i><br><b>I have many fleece (poly)-topped hemp doublers . . .would the bleach ruin the fleece?</b></td>
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No, it doesn't ruin the fleece. that stuff is colorfast.
 
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