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Cleaning Fleece

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This soft, synthetic fabric is generally used for winter clothing, pajamas and blankets. This guide is about cleaning fleece.


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May 7, 2009

I have a pair of comfy fleece pants that I dearly love but like most fleece fabric they collect pet hair, lint and get ugly balls on them. They looked so bad I was about to throw them away when I came up with a solution. I take a regular bristle hair brush and lay the pants flat then just brush them one way, then the other. This brushing not only removes the lint and hair, it also removes those nasty balls that you get on fleece! I'm not kidding when I say they look like new again!


Make sure the brush is an old fashioned (plastic) bristle brush, and not one of the newer metal or hard plastic styling brushes.

By Cyinda

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February 16, 20050 found this helpful

Does anyone know how to get urine smells out of fleece? My son isn't night-time potty trained yet, and sometimes his diaper leaks. His fleece sleepwear and fleece blanket are both stinky even after having been washed twice. I've tried (one at a time, not all at once!) Oxyclean, baking soda, regular bleach (just a tiny bit since I don't want to ruin the colors of the fleece), and vinegar along with the usual laundry detergent. We're allergic to the perfumes in the anti-static rinses like Bounce, so that's a no go; besides, I want to REMOVE the pee smell, not mask it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!



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February 19, 20050 found this helpful

Try Arm & Hammer's Super Washing Soda. It is a laundry booster in addition to absorbing odors. Good luck!

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February 19, 20050 found this helpful

Pet Stain & Oder Remover will remove all traces of urine from any fabric or carpeting. There are many different brands, but they all work pretty much the same.

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October 5, 20050 found this helpful

2 suggestions-Oust spray for rooms-I have an incontinent dog and this works quickly and completely on both urine and stool odors. WalMart $3.47 unscented.

Second suggestion-KrudKutter at Lowe's $5.87 for 40 oz in spray bottle. Dog urine on off white velvet chair-sprayed with KrudKutter, waited 3-4 minutes wiped with white towel-no stain,no odor. Will also take out bad laundry stains [spaghetti sauce on white blouse had been washed & dried. KrudKutter took the stain out completely. Sprayed blouse, left it on washer while putting other clothes in, put in and washed with warm/cold water. No smell to it, either

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December 26, 20050 found this helpful


Dilute 1/2 cup of white vinegar with enough warm water to make 4 cups vinegar water.

You can double if necessary.

Just throughly wet his sleeper and blanket in vinegar water and I promise no more odor!!

Then wash as you normally would.

Use this to deodorize his matress too if it needs it.

Much safer than using harsh chemicals in his clothing and bedding.

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January 6, 20070 found this helpful

i find that with my two young girls, the best thing for any stain/odor removal is to add borax to the wash -- and if the smell is really strong, let his jammies and blanket soak in the washing machine with the borax and laundry soap added for a half-hour or so before running the cycle.

has always worked for me! good luck!

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December 30, 20090 found this helpful

Hi I have had this problem with cat urine smell and I believe that it will work here. Use Murphy's Oil Soap with your regular laundry detergent and it will remove the smell and it doesn't harm the colors or the fabric. I know because my cat wet on a pile of my dirty laundry and I used the oil soap and the smell went away. Hope this helps

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December 30, 20090 found this helpful

Have you tried Borax? I have a cat that has a problem and misses the litterbox often. I put 1/3 cup Borateem in a regular warm wash along with the usual detergent and there is never any smell. Borax is inexpensive. A box last a few months.

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April 18, 2007

I bought a fleece sweat suit and first time I washed it balled up and has lint all over it. I followed the washing instructions and that is what happened. I have used all kinds of lint brushes and nothing has worked. Any suggestions please to how I can get all the little lint balls off?

Vicki from Texas

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April 19, 20070 found this helpful

going over it lightly w/ a arazor works pretty well. just remember to be light handed, you don't want to knick the fabric

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April 21, 20070 found this helpful

Sometimes going over the surface with a rubber glove will pick up lint and pet fur.

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April 24, 20070 found this helpful

Is it made with acrylic fibers? Don't ever buy anything made with acrylic - they are the worst for fuzz balling up!

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April 24, 20070 found this helpful

thank you for the suggestions

If any other please i would appreciate

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December 18, 20080 found this helpful

Just tried one of the suggestions for this same problem - I washed a pair of black pajamas and got so much lint. I rewashed several times, then got this wonderful suggestion.

Wash item in water and white vinigar - worked like a charm.

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October 9, 20090 found this helpful

I don't know if it would work on fleece, but when I was young my husband's police uniform pants would get pills in the front across the stomach area and I went over them lightly with sandpaper. I would dig around in his shop equipment and find a piece of the sandpaper whenever I needed a new piece. One piece would work for several times.

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February 13, 20110 found this helpful

I'm able to avoid this problem by not washing fleece with towels or denim. The lint from the towels is guaranteed to ball up on the fleece. If the lint balls are really stuck to the shirt, you'll probably need to use a razor.

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June 25, 20050 found this helpful

I have terrible trouble washing anything polar fleece. It always comes out with fluff which a clothes brush does little to fix. Any tips?

Camille from Canberra

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June 28, 20050 found this helpful

Turn garment inside out before washing in warm water. Don't use the dryer; hang to dry on line.

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July 12, 20050 found this helpful

All I have read recommends washing in COLD water.

You think you have problems - try living with a Golden Retriever.

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July 25, 20050 found this helpful

Yes, do as Edie says, use cold water, wash garments inside out, and hang to dry. Try using a vinegar rinse in your wash to cut down on lint When buying new fleece items in the future, look for the micro-fleece. It stays nicer longer and doesn't attract and hang onto nearly the amount of lint, dog hair, etc.

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March 15, 20060 found this helpful

Handwash it!

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November 9, 20130 found this helpful

How do I remove spider cobweb strands from my fleece top? I went crawling in the attic and got cobwebs all over my back. I have tried sellotape (Scotch tape), and a lint roller. That doesn't lift it at all. I tried washing it off, it's still there!

By Jess

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November 27, 2006

I have a heated polar fleece blanket. It plugs into cigarette lighter. How can I wash this? Is it safe to wash in the washer and then dry in the dryer or do I line dry?

Angi from Kansas City, MO

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November 28, 20060 found this helpful

I have a similar product. The instructions I received were: DO NOT use commercial washers OR dryers. IF your washer has a gentle cycle use it with cool water. If there is no gentle cycle it is advised to handwash in cool water. Never twist and NEVER run through a wringer. Let it soak for 10 minutes before letting the washer run its cycle. It is much preferred to line dry it but if you must use a dryer........dry on low heat for shortest period of time.

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