Start off with hot water! Now, I do this all outside because I don't want to heat up our bus and I use buckets and small amounts of water because we are on 100% rainwater. I don't let the sink just run to warm the water up or for rinsing. So this is my resourceful way of washing mohair.
|This is 1 pound piles of unwashed mohair.|
|I took all the yucky stuff out. The pizzle, vegetable matter and all the other crazy stuff I find! I know one day a little green man is going to jump out at me and say, "Thank you! I have been in there for six months!" Just kidding.|
Here is a close up of the unwashed mohair.
This time I tried washing the mohair in the these laundry bags. I think it went well.
Since my water is so hot, I add a bit of water to the bucket just to make sure it is not boiling hot.
So I have a bucket, Dawn dish soap, my mohair, some gloves, a spoon and...is that a goat?
Yes! Here comes Nosey. She just can't stand it.
I love this photo! Look at her curls! She wanted to sniff the camera.
The kids got the soap in the water and now they are having fun! I think they were pretending it was ice cream. I wish.
Dropped the mohair in the super hot, soapy water and I let it sit. I try really hard not to mess with it. Kennedy told me to walk away!
I decided to switch back and forth between hot soapy water buckets/bowls just to get it out of the yuck water.
Crazy how dirty the water gets! I keep washing it until the water is transparent. Maybe 5 times?
This looks better.
In it goes for a rinse...finally.
Oh my! Is that not the cutest? We call her Smiley.
Smiley is s-l-o-w-l-y warming up to us.
I press all the water out and then let it hang for an afternoon. Once it isn't soaking wet, I take it out of the bag and carefully separate it out and let it completely dry in front of a fan or in the sunshine, usually takes 2 or so days.
That's it! Here is some clean mohair ready for spinning!
Isn't it beautiful? This fleece is from Mo, our buck. He makes awesome locks because he is awesome.
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I sell washed mohair for $35 a pound or $8 an ounce.