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Sunday, June 2, 2019

NY Times: Dry Cleaning Your Wool Sweaters? Don’t Bother.

One of My Childhood Pets (Photo by Salt Water New England)
 In The New York Times <https://nyti.ms/2HMzC8L> today:
“Items made from wool, silk, linen, cotton, and other natural fibers usually can be hand washed.”
“Wool is an animal’s hair — they don’t get dry cleaned. They go out in the rain.” 
“[C]heaper, low-quality silks are often less stable than the expensive stuff, so they don’t do as well with hand washing.”

12 comments:

  1. Air then out. Tumble in dryer on Air setting. They last forever.

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  2. I generally follow the manufacturer's recommendations. Pendleton and Woolrich make washable wool garments now along with some that still require dry cleaning. Curiously, the labels of many cotton garments say to wash in cold water. Apparently the secret of making clothing shrink-proof has been lost.

    A few things I wash by hand. I wash my Filson tin pants by hand in a bucket. Machine washing sometimes results in abrasion marks on the cloth, also for heavy canvas jackets from Carhartt.

    I do have one silk sports shirt but it's too good to actually wear.

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  3. Am I allowed to say that I love that a sheep was one of your childhood pets? How endearing.

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  4. I usually follow the care directions on the tag.

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  5. Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth/time of high school; several drops of Johnsons Baby Shampoo mixed in a warm basin of water with a cashmere sweater, then dried on a flat surface/reshaped.

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  6. I own a lot of wool clothing and blankets. I just spot clean and freshen them by soaking in cold water with baby shampoo or hair conditioner ( Moroccan Oil brand because I like the fragrance). I let them air dry and then toss in the dryer to fluff them and remove any loose fibers. I never dry clean unless it's a heavy wool over-coat or blazer.

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  7. Who on Earth dry cleans wool sweaters?!

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  8. Eucalan Fine Fabric Wash -- a capful in a warm basin of water, drop sweater in, let soak for 10 minutes then squeeze out and lay sweater out to dry. No rinsing required. I think I actually use the unscented one. I get it from Amazon.

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  9. Connie; I use the lavender scented one on my sweaters and other woolens and then dry them on a homemade "screen" placed on either side of the bathtub. The bathroom smells wonderful while the clothes are drying.

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  10. I also hand wash good woolens, but be very careful of the type of soap used. You can actually dissolve the wool if you use anything with enzymes in it. --Holly in PA

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