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Great product that we use for washing our quilts, but it's a bit awkward to use and the volume will probably last us the rest of our lives. Sadly, it's no longer sold in smaller sizes except a 1-ounce packet found in some quilt shops.
so many mistakenly believe that “woolite” is an acceptable wash for woolens. not true. woolite is unnecessarily harsh. i hand dye wool yardage to use in braided rugs. orvus, also recommended by yarn artists and quilt makers, is a gentle phosphate-free cleaner —far superior to harsh chemicals. rinse fibers thoroughly. orvus laundered fibers will be soft and delightful to the touch. highly recommended.
This stuff is awesome. I have Persian cats and regularly wash them. Orvus was recommended to me and I finally ordered it and wow it sure makes a huge difference! it makes their coat so are soo fluffy and light and you can feel and see how squeaky clean they are!! Love this stuff
This stuff is super gentle, and you can use it on pretty much everything. Really, just about everything. Pre-1930s quilts, cloth diapers when they’re new and you’re trying to strip off the natural plant oils (I’ve used this on 100% cotton cloth diapers and 70% bamboo/30% cotton blend diapers and it works great on both), you can use it to wash sheep, yes, seriously, sheep, horses, cows; it’s an ingredient that’s already in your laundry detergent and likely your own shampoo or body wash, just more concentrated and in a huge jar. I’m a fan of it for my kitchen towels and cleaning rags in the laundry and other greasy/fatty messes that occur on fabric. It’s really great for spot treating laundry. Be careful with the laundry though, it only takes a little bit and it does foam a lot and should be used with a surfactant such as regular old laundry soap at the same time for best cleaning results if you’re using it in the laundry with non-delicate modern fabrics, it’s especially good on natural fibers. Basically, my go-to for cleaning up greasy/fatty messes; from lanolin off a sheep to 36% milk fat cream off your shirt; I love this stuff.
This was recommended by a cross stitcher to wash cross stitch fabric. I had some stains on my Aida and this cleaned it up! It can also be used to wash quilts which I will try too. Does not have any strong odor or color.
I had been struggling for awhile to get some yellow stains out of the lace on my white sheets and I searched the internet and someone had recommended this stuff (particularly for lace) so I decided to give it a try and it worked! Even though this stuff initially took four tries of soaking and rinsing in a tub with the final try in the washing machine, it got the job done and the lace looks white, and brand new. So So Happy! I will definitely continue to use this! However, as a word of caution Wear Gloves! I made the mistake of not doing that because I didn’t see anything on the label about skin irritation, and it Severely dried out my hands and took days of using a doctor approved extra strength skin moisturizer to get my hands back to normal. I’m really young, but my hands looked like an 80 year olds, that’s how much this stuff stripped the moisture out of my skin. I know it says you can use this on animals to bathe them, but I never would as I think it would be waaay too drying for them.
I bought this to wash quilts with. It is originally made as a horse soap. But due to the very gentle nature of this soap, it has grown to be very popular with quilt/textile makers. A little bit goes a long ways, so this large container will last a very long time. This soap does not have the normal laundry soap "whiteners" and "Brighteners". which are so harsh on natural fiber fabrics. The directions for use as a quilt soap are indicated on the label, along with how to use on a horse, should you be buying it for that purpose. The directions were easy to follow and the first time I used it, I was convinced I would not use anything else again. The quilt (newly made, not vintage) washed without fading, color bleeding (I use color catchers as well, just in case) and no strong perfume scent or residue left in the quilt afterwards. The container was shipped with a few other items I ordered. It was packed well, arrived intact, with a plastic bag around it, which was a nice precaution.
I have been grooming dogs professionally since the '70s and one of the first shops I worked in used nothing but Orvus on all the grooming dogs they serviced. Got the dogs very clean and fluffy. That said, it is NOT tearless, so you can't use it on the face or around the eyes as it is an eye irritant (I use baby shampoo on the face), but everywhere else it is a wonder for getting the dirt and grease off Fluffy. A little goes a long way and I put a "dollop" on my fingers into a half gallon of water to make a shampoo solution. Never had a dog react badly to Orvus as it is hypo, has no scent or color to it. Very mild. If you do decide to use it on your pooch, be aware if you use too much you will be rinsing into next week to get out the lather. So dilute it, wet the dog down first, pour the shampoo over the dog, work it through the coat and especially the feet. Do that and you will see the dirt literally dripping off the dog. Enjoy!