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Bedding washing u haul pads

msmonih

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I've already washed my u-haul once. It seems to be soaking up the water well already. i may wash it 1 more time. Will be getting my fleece on friday. Any thoughts.
 

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You only need to wash the Uhaul pad once. The purpose is to preshrink them before sewing them to your fleece, which doesn't shrink.
 

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You need to wash and dry your fleece 3 or 4 times before you use it too, otherwise it will not soak up any urine. It will just sit on top.
 

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ANd do not use any type of fabric softener on the fleece (no dryer sheets either)!
 

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Fabric softener is actually bad for people too! My dad's lung specialist told us like 18 years ago, so I NEVER use it.
 

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Fabric softener is actually bad for people too! My dad's lung specialist told us like 18 years ago, so I NEVER use it.

Dryer balls fix this problem!
 

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Yes, they do. They are awesome!
 

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I have some new fleece that needs pre-washing, but I will have to take it to the laundromat. Does anyone know of a way to avoid having to wash it 3-4 times? (pricey) Is there something I can add to the wash cycle to kind of.. "strip" the sizing, etc.. in only one wash? I normally use unscented detergent with no softener and some white vinegar in the rinse cycle (so that no softener sheets are needed in the dryer. Any thoughts?
 

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You only need to wash the Uhaul pad once. The purpose is to preshrink them before sewing them to your fleece, which doesn't shrink.

Mine didnt shrink at all
 

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Mine didnt shrink at all
..actually, my understanding is that although the U-Haul Furniture Pads are 100% cotton, the way they are made (shredded denim formed into a thick sheet) means they will not shrink much. Fleece, on the other hand, is hit or miss on shrinking. Some does, some doesn't. If you're sewing it onto something, and it's important that it not shrink, it's best to wash and dry it first, to get any shrinking out of the way. Plus, I know that fleece should be washed at least once to remove any chemical residues that may be left behind from the manufacturing process.
 
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