This was probably said, I usually bring a large amount of them to the laundromat, add some powder soap and some of those little soap packs. If I wash them at home I put 3 of those little pod guys in the wash with them with an extra rinse, if the saddle pads have a lot of hair I lint roll them first so the machine doesn't get ruined. Followed by airing dry (baby pads I usually throw in the dryer.) I love my saddle pads Can never have too many!
I use an underpad baby pad under a fleece pad. It gets rinsed and dried after I ride. When really dirty it goes in the washing machine,soaks with ERA and a powder called "dirty jobs" that a mix of oxygen bleach and various enzymes. Long cycle, two rinses. I buy the "dirty jobs" in WalMart, next to the Oxyclean.
Show pads get a similar treatment. I usually pour the ERA right on the dirtiest parts.
The fleece pads do NOT get this treatment. Just murphy's oil soap, soak, then a regular cycle. Fleece comes out nice and fluffy. They don't get washed very often. The daily working one about once a month or less (remember I have an underpad); the show half pad, much less frequently.
I wash my pads after every ride, except in the middle of the winter when
my horse doesn't sweat. She sweats a lot and I work her pretty hard.
She gets skin funk unless I keep her and anything that touches her as clean
So anyway - I wash my saddle pads in pairs. I have a super duper sized
top load washer with an agitator. I have a pile of pads in my garage LOL. Once the
sweat dries, it's really easy to take them outside and give them a really
good shake to get the loose hairs off. Then, they go in the wash with Tide and
a scoop of Oxyclean, and if they are really gross they get baking soda too. I
soak them for an hour or 2 or until I remember they are soaking LOL ... then
I run the washer. I also set mine for an extra rinse, to make sure all the detergent
I have a clothesline in my basement specifically for saddle pads, with clips on it.
They get hung by a corner until dry.
And I easily have more than a dozen pads ... I really need to weed out the crappy
ones. I buy them whenever I can get a good deal.
I have maybe 2 white ones. The rest are colors. The colors hide the stains better,
but my mare's white hair shows up on them. Oh well.
I have not tried the grooming flower on them, that sounds like a good idea.
My building has an ancient, top-load center agitator washer that does a great job washing them. Little Tide, little Oxyclean, hot wash cycle. I've found putting them in the dryer really helps with hair removal, but then again, I live in a condo, so air drying on a line isn't really an option!
The horse is clipped and blanketed in winter, and pads rarely get more than 1-2 uses in the summer, and the mare hates getting dirty anyway, so maybe I'm just not ending up with some of the dirt/grime issues that others encounter. For which I'm grateful, because it's an arm and a leg to do laundry here!
Also love the shed flower idea... mine get clean enough in my elderly washing machine, but I still end up with hair embedded in the pad (and in my drain). I think I'm just going to start being the person who shows up at the laundromat with a ton of horse stuff.