I was a bit too eager in my attack on the first batch and ended up slightly felting some bits of it. I didn't want to repeat that so I turned to Google and found some fabulous articles on scouring fleece by Deb Robson and Claddagh Fibre Arts. I learned about prepping the fleece before even thinking about putting it into the water. The reason I bought this second fleece was because it has an 8 inch staple length and so I really wanted to keep them separated and loose.
She went from this ....Mae, you dirty girl!
to this.....and by now I am pretty used to the smell. I decided to do this in my studio this time instead of my kitchen, seems way too logical.
I laid the locks neatly and in order in a mesh basket I found at the dollar store which fits perfectly into my totes and put it thru 4 consecutive rinses. the first with soap and the last 3 with just hot water. This time I curbed my enthusiasm and kept my hands out of the water as to not agitate the fleece.
When I went to lay them out on the drying rack (after a quick whizz in the salad spinner) they came out perfect and still in the individual bundles. Awesome! The prepping took a bit of time but it came out so much better than just a big wad of curls.
words of wisdom...