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« Hold the Retayne | Main | Quilting ADD (and stash report) »

July 06, 2008

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tracey petersen

You are like a little CSI lab over there!

I think you should get rid of it - nothing is worth making yourself ill.

minou

Thanks for the info on Paula's website. I have allergy problems too, so the heads up warnings are appreciated!

Suzane

floribunda

Dharma Trading is now selling an alternative to Synthrapol that is supposed to be much less toxic... thanks for all the advice!

Charles DeMentor

Can I add something?

Retayne and similar dye fixatives are cationic, which means that they have a positive charge. They are said to "swell" dye molecules in the fabric so that they stick better. Their positive charge allows them to cling to negatively charged dyes, such as the direct dyes and acid dyes found in all-purpose dye, and even fiber reactive dyes, though there is no need for them on the latter if the dye has been applied and washed out correctly. They cannot stick to basic dyes, which have a positive charge, and thus will have no benefit for washfastness of that class of dye.

Tany

I have a very sensitive skin, I react badly to some chemicals and some metal oxides. Thanks for sharing this info, Vicki!

Elaine

formaldehyde? YIKES! I have some Retayne that I haven't tried yet. Mmmm. Don't think I will.

Formaldehyde is the reason I immediately wash every single piece of fabric that comes into my house. When I don't I pay...

Thanks for the info!
Elaine

Keryn

Thanks for the Paula Burch site, I'm off to do some reading. I love to dye my own fabrics, and the more info I have, the less disappointments along the way. Dyeing can be so unpredictable if you don't do the right things.

Keryn

Thanks for the Paula Burch site, I'm off to do some reading. I love to dye my own fabrics, and the more info I have, the less disappointments along the way. Dyeing can be so unpredictable if you don't do the right things.

Carole Meier

WOOOOO! Sorry to read about your chemical reaction. It would make sense ya know! I'm with you on the idea that you wouldn't need to use either chemicals if you rinse properly. If you need anything else, perhaps the Shout color catcher by Johnson & Johnson would do. I checked the ingredients, none listed! lol So much for that!

wanda

hello there, i got a special package in the mail yesterday.....my wonderful t-shirts that you did for me.I absolutely love them dear,i"ll be the envy of the entire town.Thanks for taking the time to brighten up my world I truly appreciate it dear.cant wait to try the soaps also. looking forward to meeting you and Chris both. Wanda

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