Did ya know? Soap residue can degrade your fiber over time.

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Yup. Tis true. Leftover soap in your yarn, fiber or finished wool pieces can break down the fibers. But there is an easy, inexpensive way to counteract this. Vinegar! Of course, it’s the next best thing to duct tape, right?

After washing your fiber, soak it in a bowl of water with a splash of vinegar to neutralize the soap. Lemon juice works great too and smells a bit better.

Happy fibering!



  1. vera svalgaard says

    Yes, I think vinegar would probably do the job. As for lemon juice: wouldn’t the sugar in the juice attract insects?
    As a lacemaker, I learned that, if you want to store your work, the last rinsing water (distilled!) should run absolutely clear before starting the drying process. (air dry)

  2. Hi Vera,
    Yes, clear water and completely dry. I use pure lemon juice which does not have any sugar in it. However, vinegar is my go-to for just about everything. 🙂

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