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Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by TiTi B, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. TiTi B

    TiTi B Hatching

    Nov 8, 2016
    I have raw cotton I need tips on the correct way to clean it??

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I assume you are talking about getting the seeds out. Some varieties of cotton are easier to do that than others but none of them are easy. You realize when Eli Whitney figured out a way to do that efficiently he caused the Civil War. It was a big deal. He got the idea by watching a cat try to claw a dead bird out of a cage.

    I grew cotton for my wife a few years back. Picking the seeds out was extremely slow and tedious so I built my version of a cotton gin using clothes hanger wire and wood. I hinged it so you could open it up and stuff the raw cotton inside, then close it down tightly. I don’t have the spacing or dimensions, just that the wires were close enough together the seeds could not come through. Those rows of screws in there were to catch the seeds as I brushed it, the tops of the screws stuck up a bit. We used a wire brush to brush the cotton, trying to get the fiber out. It was still kind of slow and tedious but nothing like picking the seeds out by hand. We probably got about 90% of the fiber off the seeds. What was left was pretty much short or broken fibers that would have been hard to spin anyway.


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