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    I'm getting some old burlap sacks and they are the kind that coffee, oats, feed, etc came in. I know that I will need to wash them to clean out any remnants that may be in them and to soften them. I want to make reusable grocery bags out of them. I found conflicting opinions on Google about washing them in a washing machine. Hoping someone has washed one and give me their experience on it and any tips. Thanks!

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    #2
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    All burlap is not created equal. I would wash it outside in a bucket before using a washing machine. I have dealt with new burlap once and never again. It sheds lots of fibers and is stretchy and rough on your hands.

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      #3
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      I wouldn't put it in my washing machine!

      Buckets or tubs outside would be my suggestion. Burlap can have an odd smell and I wouldn't want that and all of the odd fibers stuck in my machine. The agitation might not be really good for it either.

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        I think I would turn them inside out and spray them with the garden hose. I would not put them in my washer either.
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          #5
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          I'm sorry, I'm sitting here laughing at everyone saying "I wouldn't put them in my washer" and thinking "That's what laundromats are for!" Burlap doesn't wash real well. A hose or dipping in a bucket seems to work best.
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            #6
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            Originally posted by K. McEuen View Post
            I'm sorry, I'm sitting here laughing at everyone saying "I wouldn't put them in my washer" and thinking "That's what laundromats are for!" Burlap doesn't wash real well. A hose or dipping in a bucket seems to work best.
            Oh, I wasn't going to put them in MY washing machine!!!! Definitely a Laundromat washer if it is feasible to wash them!!! I am also going to line them so the burlap wouldn't be supporting the entire weight of the bags' contents. I also had thought about serging all the edges before washing them. I'm not concerned with the bags weave shrinking up, I just want to get the smells out and soften them up a bit.
            Last edited by Auntpiggylpn; May 20, 2013, 11:50 AM.

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              #7
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              And even after they are washed, they still smell funny. Will the sack be lined? I know I wouldn't want to handle the burlap as is.
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                Originally posted by Auntpiggylpn View Post
                Oh, I wasn't going to put them in MY washing machine!!!! Definitely a Laundromat washer if it is feasible to wash them!!! I am also going to line them so the burlap wouldn't be supporting the entire weight of the bags' contents. I also had thought about serging all the edges before washing them. I'm not concerned with the bags weave shrinking up, I just want to get the smells out and soften them up a bit.
                Originally posted by MartinaG View Post
                And even after they are washed, they still smell funny. Will the sack be lined? I know I wouldn't want to handle the burlap as is.
                Yes, my post right above yours stated that I am planning on lining them. I will be using some vintage sheets. The straps will also be made from the vintage sheets.

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                  #9
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                  And whose the lucky person who washes their underwear in the laundromat washer after you wash the burlap? They'll be scratching big time!

                  Definitely a hose ad bucket! Isn't burlap made from an oiled hemp?

                  I saw some printed burlap at Joanns last week when I was there, it's becoming a home dec fad!

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                    #10
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                    Originally posted by Jean Sewing Machine View Post
                    And whose the lucky person who washes their underwear in the laundromat washer after you wash the burlap? They'll be scratching big time!
                    That was MY thought too! I have only had to wash sleeping bags at the laundromat, but I have wondered about what was in there before my load.
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                      #11
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                      Are they true burlap or are they feed sacks which are more like a canvas or duck cloth, if burlap hand wash only regular feed sacks can be machined on a gentle cycle

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                        #12
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                        My Daughter and I went to a surf shop sale and they give out prizes. We won before, but this time it was the burlap shopping bags with their logo. Yuck. They smell awful. I'm crafty but they sell such cool bags here I said forget it. Plastic bags are banned here so I must have twenty recycle bags. I always forget them though. lol
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                          #13
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                          Originally posted by Hulamoon View Post
                          My Daughter and I went to a surf shop sale and they give out prizes. We won before, but this time it was the burlap shopping bags with their logo. Yuck. They smell awful. I'm crafty but they sell such cool bags here I said forget it. Plastic bags are banned here so I must have twenty recycle bags. I always forget them though. lol
                          I'm happy to know that I'm not the only one that forgets my grocery list and bags. LOL
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                            #14
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                            Oh that burlap smell. I purchased some to make something...can't even remember what for, but couldn't get the smell out and never used it for anything. Rough on the hands, also.

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