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Mmmmmm c r u n c h y … when to wash

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I actually struggle with sweaty hats the most for touring. It’s hard to find a good hat and they get super nasty with sweat. Last years favourite was nasty by end of season so I tried to clean it with an upholstery cleaning machine but it lost its shape.

Got a supposedly machine washable pattagucci cap for this winter so keen to see how it goes.
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
@hang11, …In skiing I have become used to using helmets in every context but with Grom2’s growing interest in touring I will need to learn more about hats. Head protection from UV is so important, something which I have increasingly become aware of whilst climbing and hiking.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
I’ve a cheap floppy sun hat from decathlon which has been great for touring
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@valais2, For clmbing back in the day I used to wear the classic "Smelly Helly", of which the early 1980s ones were virtually indestructible - 20 winter seasons! Nowadays for skiing, mountain walking etc my favourite is a Helly Hansen, but a mix of the man-made fibre and merino wool - it seems to give the advantages of both, not as smelly as the old ones, but much harder wearing than pure merino.
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
With regard to ski socks, I thought the general rule of thumb was; throw them at the wall. If they stick and do not slide down the wall, it's time to change them.
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You need to get on top of your moth problem. The NT (national trust) freeze all fabrics in meat transporters for a month to kill moth, but chemicals will work IF you keep using them until all the bugs are dead.
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@joffy69, ...interesting. One problem for us is that we heat the house with wood, felled in the six acre wood around the corner. The stored logs often harbour small moths, which wake up when bought into the house in midwinter. I bag all woollens, and that works. We don't have the terrible infestations which other people have had in the village, but my partner's unbagged merino occasionally gets hammered by a couple of hungry larvae.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
The moth is not in the wood. If you've got carpet laid anywhere, they're probably in the underlay.
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Fil old house wool carpets horrendous moth problem! New house (400m away) wooden floors no carpet no moths except the few he transferred in jumpers and soft furnishings.
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I rarely wear base layers, it's usually just a shirt underneath the jacket, and I wash it if it starts to smell iffy. When I do wear an extra layer (a long sleeved shirt) I normally take it off before I get sweaty so it usually survives the entire trip.
As for socks, if they stink (which has been the case nearly every day lately) I quickly hand wash them and it makes a world of a difference.
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@joffy69, …definitely from the logs. We fell our own timber, store stacked for two years, and then it does get a few animals living in it…peacock butterflies, spiders and moths…we have oak floors throughout, and no wool furniture. My lovely Icelandic blanket lives in a bag and gets put away every time I lurk underneath it on the sofa….


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And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
Curious as to detergent/soap used to generally wash clothes and sensitive materials that people are using.

Currently we are using this https://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/products/dri-pak/liquid-soap-flakes-750ml/?PCode=DSGPESS152&gclid=EAIaIQobChMInNnE-ay89wIVr4xoCR1WTQXCEAQYHSABEgIfPPD_BwE for all materials, are there any other interesting choices out there?
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So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
@ski3, I use this which I think is similar: https://www.ecover.com/products/laundry/delicate-laundry-liquid/
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
@ski3, …here’s an interesting one re what detergent to use on tech gear: shampoo. Very gentle, and optimised for removing human grease, which can accumulate around collars, chin guards etc. Far cheaper than technical washes, just as good, and gentle on the fabrics and finishes.
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Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
@Scarlet, yes we've used their non scented liquid for some time, but started to get more difficult to find (but brand exclusion practices in retail ? ) and now find it easier to aquire the soap flake one.
As you note, they seem very similar in composition and intent.
When we first started using Eco there was talk of getting bottles refilled locally but never appeared to get established anywhere within supply range to us. Conscious of the plastic waste element with no immediate route to mitigate, but product seemed fine.
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@valais2, yes of formulated for just that eventuality, the shampoo is.

Interestingly the Dri-Pak liquid soap is advised for shower wash etc of body and so will cover that eventuality too. Whether it's a cost advantage too could be interesting with liquid soap at less than £3.00 per 750 ml.
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
I use this for all my hand washing (decanted into a small bottle when travelling): https://www.lakeland.co.uk/23002/lakeland-lavender-wool-wash-liquid-detergent-1l#product-details-accordion
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
My (possibly not great) solution to washing outer wear is to do a pond skim comp at the end of the season, and go for the full 10 points with a big method. The thing is they put blue dye in the water because otherwise it would be a muddy brown colour. Looks good on the social media. Luckily my jacket is blue. Looks good as new Happy
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