Washing machine does sound simple but how do you keep the metal from scratching the inside of the washer? Maybe if I washed a couple halters with a load of towels?
That's what I do. They actually don't scratch (at least I haven't had my washer scratched). I wash mine with the 'farm towels' or polos or saddle pads or a combo of the above. I also use fabric softener (as long as your horse is okay with it- allergy-wise). It makes the nylon softer.
Oh! This is a no-brainer, but don't try and put them in the dryer... *sigh* can't teach the stupid husbands nothin!
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I let them soak in the washer Oxy then drain the water out. Then go through a wash using a blanket wash (usually Rambo Blanket Wash) then rinse and hang to dry. The blanket wash keeps the colors bright. It doesn't matter how dirty they are, our halters come out looking new again.
I use the dishwasher too. I remove the break-away part and put them in the dishwasher and run it. I do a horse-stuff load in there a handful of times each year...halters, leadlines, bits, smaller feed pans, bowls from the Nelson waterers, etc. Gets bits nice and sparkly clean!
The washing machine I use for the sheets and turnouts...I bought a package of the newborn stretchy baby socks for the blanket buckles so it doesn't sound like I;m washing bowling balls.
You jump in the saddle,
Hold onto the bridle!
Jump in the line!
I found an old maytag wringer washer at a garage sale for $10. It works great on all things horsey and keeps lost farmer off the couch. I also use it for blankets, pads and the like. I even used it on potatoes, carrots, beets, out of the garden. Throw them in and let them agitate a bit. LF