The Male Teen Blanket (MTB) is finally crossed off, wow!! it feels good 😀
I am happy to announce that the experiment came out with beautiful results: 100% acrylic yarn can be soft and “not scratchy” if you wash it with shampoo and conditioner, and I added a little Tide detergent because my poor baby was seriously dirty.
Here is how I did it: I soaked it with a little shampoo (you know, the type you get in hotels 😀) then I went to the dollar store and bought more shampoo and conditioner. I chose these:
Next, I put it in the washer (it weighed a ton when wet) and pour in half the bottle of shampoo and a little Tide detergent.
Warning: Please wash acrylic yarn in cold water. I have no idea what would happen to MTB if I forgot and wash him in hot water….shudder… But, in the future, I want to experiment washing acrylic yarn in hot/warm water, with a very tiny project 😀
Next, I used the Gentle Cycle or permanent press cycle and washed it at medium instead of heavy soil since it was not that dirty, and I used the 2nd Rinse Option, to wash away all traces of detergent, conditioner and shampoo.
I added half a bottle of conditioner and added a little amount of fabric softener I had at home, in the first rinse cycle, I did not add any for the 2nd rinse cycle.
I let it air dry all night and in the morning I put it in the dryer (Permanent Press Cycle) with several sheets of a generic fabric softener I had at home, and Voilá….It came out really nice smelling, clean and soft and cuddly and warm with very bright colors 😀
So, YES!!! you can buy cheap/sale yarn and shampoo and condition it and it will be “all you ever wanted in a yarn” soft. This is perfect for big blankets, which can be expensive, especially if you are using the double strand method like I did, for a real sturdy and warm blanket.
So, I am very pleased with the results of the experiment and to finally say adieu to big boy MTB 😀 I’m going to miss you..
Have a fun summer weekend Friends and Artisans….See You Soon…