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Sewer-Approved Soaps for Washing Your Projects

Opinions differ on whether it is a good idea to wash your projects. If you want to wash yours, consider these editor-approved soaps

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Retro Clean

This soaking powder is gentle enough on quilts and older textiles but is tough on stains and odors. One wash can renew fabrics and remove stains.

From $15 per pound;


Orvus Quilt Soap

A formula originally used as a shampoo for animals is safe for all fabrics and needlework. Its formula allows water to completely penetrate the fabric for less time spent soaking.

$12.95 for 8 ounces;


This is ideal for all fabrics, including clothing. You simply immerse your proejct in Soak and water, gently squeeze it, and lay it flat to dry; no rinsing is needed. It can be used for hand- and machine-washing and comes in a variety of scents.

$16 for 12 ounces or $48 for 48 single-use packs;