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Date: 10/5/11 2:09 PM

I posted a review of a denim jacket and mentioned some problems with the fabric. It is fairly heavy and stiff, in spite of three washes. The last wash was the finished jacket and it came out very wrinkled. The plain fabric did not wrinkle.

One of the comments said to wash in a top loader with a can of coke and the fabric would come out nice and soft. I am willing, but I have a few questions..
1. I have a front load machine and the two local laundomats also have front loaders. Will this make a difference?
2. Do I add detergent anywhere along the line or will the coke wash out?
3. Will Pepsi work or does it have to be Coke brand?
As a confirmed soft drink addict, I have heard all about what it is doing to my stomach lining and teeth, so I do believe that it will soften fabric

I do want to make it clear that I do appreciate the comment and the info. I was going to ask for the further info on my review, but thought that the commentator might not check back.

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Date: 10/5/11 2:27 PM

Things go better with coke...? Sorry, you can tell my age from that quote. I look forward to a better answer from someone else....
-- Edited on 10/5/11 4:00 PM --

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Date: 10/5/11 7:17 PM

I did this with a front loader at home. I don't know for sure whether coke/pepsi makes any difference, though. I don't keep either of them around, so I wen out and bought coke. My fabric was very hard to soften, so after running it through the washer with coke (it softened up a little in the washer), I decided to put it in a bucket with coke & water and let it soak for half a day. That worked great.

After the coke soak, I ran it through the washer with a little detergent to get the coke out.

Before the coke soak, I had prewashed at least 4 times and the fabric did not soften. Coke did the trick!

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Date: 10/5/11 8:13 PM

Well! The things you can do with coke! I will remember this one, I have a denim jacket that is so stiff it can stand on its own. I knew that cocke can remove scale from the ketlles and clean toilet bowls, but softening! Amazing stuff. The only thing I wouldn't do with it is drink it.

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Date: 10/5/11 8:33 PM

My father used to put our baby teeth in a bottle of coke when we were kids (after we'd stopped believing in the Tooth Fairy), so we could watch them turn black. It made a big impression on me.

If it softens teeth....

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Date: 10/5/11 9:10 PM

I used it for some very stiff, it could have stood up on it's own stiff, denim and in one wash it was soft. I assume that it's the acidic nature of coke. I wouldn't necessarily leave denim at one wash as it can keep shrinking but one can of coke

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Date: 10/5/11 11:51 PM

Heh heh... I gotta ask. Diet or regular?
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Date: 10/6/11 0:59 AM

hadn't thought of that!

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Date: 10/6/11 1:01 AM

Thank you all. I will go buy a can of coke tomorrow and see how it works. I'll report back.....

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Date: 10/6/11 1:05 AM

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My father used to put our baby teeth in a bottle of coke when we were kids


Orange juice will do this also. A boy in one of my son's classes did it for a science fair. No one frightens kids with orange juice, though.

Actually, I think anything even slightly acidic will do it...good for toothbrushing encouragement!

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