A cup of hot cocoa, while being curled up on the sofa wearing your favourite woollens on a cold winter evening, seems perfect. But after storing your woollens for many months it is important to wash them before wearing. Here are a few easy tips on how to wash woollen clothes to keep them soft and retain their shape.
1) Using Vinegar and Mild Detergent
The advantage of using vinegar while washing wool in a washing machine is that it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals and acts as a fabric softener. But make sure you check the care label before washing your woollen clothes in a washing machine.
Add a mild detergent to your washer along with your woollens and run a regular cycle. Before you begin the rinse cycle, add 2 cups of white vinegar to the washer. After the rinse cycle, air-dry the clothing and your woollens will feel soft and fresh.
It’s important to know how to dry woollen clothes. Lay them between clean towels and roll the towels into a tight log in the upward direction. Squeeze to remove excess water. Unroll and lay your garments on a flat surface to dry naturally.
If the care label suggests hand-washing, add 3-4 tbsp. of a mild detergent to a bucket of water and wash your woollens. In another bucket, add 2 cups of vinegar in lukewarm water and soak your woollens for 10 minutes and dry your clothes the same way as mentioned above.
2) Using a Mild Shampoo and Fabric Softener
Take a bucket of lukewarm water and add ¼th cup of a mild shampoo. Soak your woollens in it for an hour and rinse under water. Take another bucket of lukewarm water and add 6 tsp. of a fabric softener to it. Again, soak for an hour, remove and rinse. Follow the same drying process mentioned in the first tip.
Follow these simple tips and enjoy wearing your soft and comfortable woollens even in the harshest winter!