Thursday, January 23, 2014

DIY Thursday - Washing Wool Garments

'Tis the season for wool.  During the winter I wear a lot of wool and used to bring them all to the dry cleaners, but that was expensive and not healthy due to all the chemical.  Awhile back I started washing my wool sweaters by hand at home (I still dry clean other items especially pants).  It's a great way to save money and yourself and family from exposure to the harmful chemicals.  The extra "spinning" helps cut drying time - and is fun for little helpers.  Here's an easy step by step guide to washing wool sweaters by hand.

Warning:  Double check care instruction before hand washing wool garments.

1.  Fill a bucket or sink with tepid water and a few drops of mild detergent, such as dishwashing liquid or conditioner free shampoo. You can also add 3/4 cup of white vinegar to remove odors. Immerse sweater, and swish gently, be careful not to stretch it.  Let soak 5-10 minutes.

2.  Rinse by gently balling up the sweater and squeeze out the water.  Avoid wringing or stretching.  Repeat with fresh water until water runs clear.

3.  Next place sweater in salad spinner and spin to remove excess water.  This cuts drying time considerably.

4.  After spinning, roll sweater in a towel to remove excess moisture.

5.  On flat surface, preferably mesh, reshape sweater and allow to air dry.

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