Instructions to Scour Cotton Sliver or Cotton Yarn

Things You'll Need:

* Container for soaking 
* Enough water for soaking, plus one to two gallons for scouring
Non-reactive stock pot
* Soda ash
* Synthrapol fabric detergent
* Long spoon
* Stove

  1. Soak sliver/yarn for at least 30 minutes in enough water to fully immerse it.
  2. Remove sliver/yarn from water and set it aside. Add one to two gallons of water to the Non-reactive stock pot. Make sure the water level will be high enough to cover the yarn and allow it to move freely.
  3. Sprinkle in one tablespoon of soda ash for each gallon of water and add 1/2 tsp. Synthrapol per gallon of water.
  4. Place sliver/yarn in the Non-reactive stock pot and heat to boiling. Stir the fiber/yarn lightly through the water, making sure all fibers are completely bathed.
  5. Simmer sliver/yarn in the Non-reactive stock pot for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove sliver/yarn from the water and rinse it several times. Three to five rinses should be enough. The sliver/yarn can be wrung and used immediately. It is not necessary to dry it before beginning the dyeing process.