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  • #21
    If the pad is really gross and/or hairy I use the vacuum with (I think) the upholstery attachment before tossing them in the wash.
    Pam's Pony Place

    Pam's Pony Ponderings


    • #22
      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!

      (sadly, that's not even all of them!)


      • #23
        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.

        So far, so good.


        • Original Poster

          Murphy's oil soap on fleece?

          I don't think I've ever heard that before.
          The Trials and Jubilations of a Twenty-Something Re-rider
          Happy owner of Kieran the mostly-white-very-large-not-pony.


          • #25
            I washed a couple at home once. OMG the hair. never again. Thank you Laundromat!


            • #26
              I only use half the recommended amount of detergent and an extra rinse. I believe my horse got hives once from the detergent. Had to go rinse them all again.


              • #27
                I wash mine after every use, with only a little bit of a "free" detergent. Two at a time go in the top load washer. Hang to dry.

                I have a separate clothes bin on the back porch at home where they get stuffed until I'm ready to spend time washing them.

                If I am lazy and one isn't too bad, I squirt it off in the wash rack and hang to dry.
                ~ Horse Box Lovers Clique ~


                • #28
                  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
                  as possible.

                  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
                  is out.

                  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.


                  • #29
                    12 is a lot? Uh oh!

                    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!
                    A Year In the Saddle


                    • #30
                      Vacuuming with a vacuum like a Dirt Devil or any kind with a beater brush works better than just using an upholstery attachment. The rotating brush really lifts and scrubs.


                      • #31
                        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.
                        "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

                        Graphite/Pastel Portraits


                        • #32
                          I use the quilted pads, but I'm sure the fleece would work the same:

                          Soak in water and 20 Mule Team Borax (detergent booster). Launder as usual.