Dry cleaning your sweaters isn’t aways the best way to care for them. But hand washing your expensive sweaters might seem like too much work. Did you know you can machine wash your cashmere and wool sweaters? You can and I am going to demonstrate how in this video.
Here are the benefits to washing instead of dry cleaning—your clothes will actually come out cleaner, smell fresher and you’ll save a bundle of cash.
You only need 4 things:
3-Delicate soap—never use detergent! BTW Woolite is a detergent. My other personal favorite delicate
laundry soaps are by Launderess and Tocca. You don’t need to use much. Read the instructions on the container for optimizing usage.
~Grab your defuzzer to remove all those pills that have accumulated.
~Spray any area that has dark marks with your spot remover. I like Oxyclean but I’ve used others.
~Separate lights from darks.
~Leave cardigans unbuttoned as the agitating can pull at the front closure.
A note about your washing machine:
Front loaders are so much better for your hand washables. The agitator on the top loaders is
hard on your knits. But if that is all you have put your sweaters in a large mesh bag. And never try to cram too many pieces in one bag.
~You need very little soap. As I mentioned read the recommended amount of soap needed for each load. Turn your dials to hand wash cold/cold and no spin.
~When the cycle is finished your knits will be soaked in water. Squeeze–DO NOT WRING–the water out.
~If your sweaters seem excessively wet after you squeeze the extra water out, lay them flat on a towel and then gently roll. Leave for a minute or two and then follow these simple steps.
~Blocking is an important step in keeping the shape of your sweaters. By blocking your sweaters you gently pull them out to bring them back to their original silhouette. Simply lay your sweaters on a towel and begin reshaping.
~Hang your sweater on a lingerie hanger in a well-ventilated room. DO NOT USE standard hangers. They will leave a mark at the shoulder.
You will definitely notice a difference between your dry cleaned sweaters and your washed sweaters. The washed sweaters will feel and smell fantastic!