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14 Oct


Posted by Wendy Ives

Vinegar is amazing. You can eat it and it can clean. There's the 2 basic kinds of vinegar in our house: apple cider vinegar and white distilled vinegar. We eat the apple cider in salad dressings, hot and sour soups, and I can pickles with it. White vinegar is used for cleaning the house, including the bathroom, and washing the hand washables. Since it's wool wearing season, and I'm constantly making lots of wool and other fiber clothing, I thought I'd share how I hand wash my woolies.   


Gat a good wash basin or use a sink with a good stopper. Put in a few squirts of our Organic Liquid Soap. Fill up the basin with cold water, leaving enough room for the water level to rise when you put in your clothes. Add a few tablespoon of white distilled vinegar and swish it around to mis it with the soap. Add your clothes and gently scrub. Let it sit for 30 minutes or so. Drain out the water, press out excess waster from the clothes, and fill the basin with cold rinse water. Gently agitate the clothes and let sit for another 30 minutes. Drain out the water, press out the excess water from the clothes, and fill the basin again with cold water. This time agitate immediately and drain and press. 


Have a large, clean towel handy to lay out on the floor. Arrange your clothes in the shape you would like them to dry in, careful not to stretch them. Roll up the towel and clothes, not to loosely, and WALK on the towel to really press out any excess water. This gets out most of the water without wringing out the clothes and stretching the fibers in unwanted directions. 


Have another large dry towel handy to layout in a partially sunny spot for drying. Arrange your clothes again in their preferred shapes, and leave to dry. If you can avoid drying them in direct sun, this will preserve natural colors in natural fibers, and your nice clothes should last a very long time.


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