|This fleece was not skirted before purchase.|
|A bag of cedar shavings works well to deter bugs.|
Things to Gather
- 2 containers for holding wash and rinse water. The size depends on how much you would like to wash at one time. I use an old cooler and a rubber maid container
- You will need something to lift the hot fleece out of the soapy water. I use an old vegetable saute pan for the grill. I never used it for vegetables so might as well
- I use Dawn® dish soap for washing
figure 2I use nylon window screens I picked up at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for a quarter each to lay the fleece on to dry
Once the water is pretty clear when you move the fiber it is time to rinse. drying the fiber is as easy as laying it out on an old window screen (non-metal) and placing it in the sun for several hours. If it rains or gets too windy you can bring it inside and have a fan blow on it. I was so excited the first time I washed a fleece. I was sure I felted it because it was so wet and stuck together. However, the next morning when I woke up it was white and fluffy as a cloud. I dried that one in the house. Once it is dried you can keep it in a cardboard box, paper bag, or a Rubbermaid® tub. I like to keep cedar shavings or a block of cedar in with it to deter bugs. I have never had any problem with moths yet, but I would rather be safe than sorry.