It was raw fiber and in need of washing, so I placed it in a mesh bag and filled my sink with Dawn detergent and hot water.............3 times. You never have smelled anything so foul as this. It definitely had that barnyard fragrance that we all know and love. I was very careful not to agitate in any of the washings or during the rinses. On the last rinse, I poured a glug of white vinegar into the water, then one more rinse to remove the vinegar odor.
After squeezing the fiber, still in the mesh bag, in a towel, I then hung the mesh bag to dry.
After drying completely, I fluffed a few of the locks and look forward to using my hand carders, which have mysteriously vanished in my home. I have looked everywhere and they are just hiding from me. I hate it when that happens.
Any way, see how much whiter and brighter the fiber is once washed. And so soft too.