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    Best way to wick fleece without a washing machine?

    I bought some fleece from Joann's and I'm going to be making some cage liners with it, but I need to know how to wick it. I don't have a washing machine, or a place near me cheap enough ($7 for ONE wash.. ugh). Have you wicked fleece without a washing machine, if so how did you do it? Is it even possible? Thank you!

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    Re: Best way to wick fleece without a washing machine?

    $7 for ONE WASH?! How do you do your laundry? And people think NYC laundromats are expensive! Go to a friends house who has a washing machine? Parents? I'll be buying my next batch of fleece in NJ and conveniently staying at my grandparents house that weekend...

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    Re: Best way to wick fleece without a washing machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marie Brewer View Post
    $7 for ONE WASH?! How do you do your laundry? And people think NYC laundromats are expensive! Go to a friends house who has a washing machine? Parents? I'll be buying my next batch of fleece in NJ and conveniently staying at my grandparents house that weekend...
    Yeah the pricing here is ridiculous, and we use a handheld washing machine in the bathtub. It's one of those ones that look like a plunger, but they pretty much just suck the dirt out of the clothing. Also, I live with my parents due to me being 16 haha. Along with that, I'm home-schooled and we've only recently moved here, so we have no friends yet (I know, can the situation get ANY worse?) Do you think soaking the fleece in really hot water with vinegar and dish soap in my bathtub, while using the handheld washing machine would work at all? It's the only thing I can do at this point.

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    Re: Best way to wick fleece without a washing machine?

    I'd say anything you want to try might be worth while. I live in a giant city so this seems so foreign to me. The whole being 16 thing explains not being able to just go somewhere else. I can't even visualize what you're talking about, but I'm trying! I would use vinegar + hot water + laundry detergent, not dish soap. Try the plunger thing...what's the worst that could happen? :P

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    Re: Best way to wick fleece without a washing machine?

    Try hot water, good strong detergent (not dish soap) and bleach. Let it soak for a while, then wash and rinse it.

    And FYI, you're not wicking the fleece. You're stripping the coating off of it so that it will wick. Wicking is the passage of urine through the fleece to the absorbent material underneath. It's a similar process to layered underwear in cold weather -- it wicks the moisture from your skin away from your body so you don't get cold.

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    Re: Best way to wick fleece without a washing machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Try hot water, good strong detergent (not dish soap) and bleach. Let it soak for a while, then wash and rinse it.

    And FYI, you're not wicking the fleece. You're stripping the coating off of it so that it will wick. Wicking is the passage of urine through the fleece to the absorbent material underneath. It's a similar process to layered underwear in cold weather -- it wicks the moisture from your skin away from your body so you don't get cold.
    Thank you, Bpatters! I will try it! Also, I didn't know that. Thank you for the correction

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    Re: Best way to wick fleece without a washing machine?

    Did you try and did it work?

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