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

August 31, 2017

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; retroclean.com

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; quiltersrule.com


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; soakwash.com