TIPS & TRICKS
When you’re a knitter, you have loads of handmade clothes, which are normally made in some sort of woolen blend. Although wool is a high-quality fiber for several reasons, it also requires special care when it comes to washing.If you want your knitted clothing pieces to last longer and stay better, you need to know how to wash them properly. Here are some tips and tricks to help you keep your woolen clothes in top condition:
1. Avoid over-washing
One of the most important things to keep in mind when washing woolen clothing is that less is more. Wool is a self-cleaning fiber, which means that it doesn’t need to be washed as often as other fabrics. If your woolen clothing isn’t visibly dirty or smelly, there’s no need to wash it. Instead, you can air it out by hanging it outside on a dry day or in a well-ventilated room.
2. Layer under your woolen pieces
To preserve your woolen clothing for longer, it’s a good idea to wear something underneath your knitted pieces. A tank top, t-shirt or leggings can help absorb sweat and oils from your skin, preventing them from being absorbed by the wool. This can help reduce the frequency of washing and keep your woolen clothing looking and smelling fresh.
3. Check the yarn label
Not all yarns are created equal, and some may not be suitable for washing. Check the label on the yarn you used to knit your piece to see if there are any specific care instructions. Some yarns may become matted or felted if they’re washed, while others can be washed without any problems.
4. Invest in a good soap
When you do need to wash your woolen clothing, it’s important to use a gentle detergent that’s specifically designed for wool. Ordinary laundry detergent can be too harsh and can damage the fibers, causing them to shrink or lose their shape. Invest in a good woolen soap that’s pH-neutral and free from any harsh chemicals.
5. Hand wash or specified cycle
There are two main ways to wash woolen clothing: by hand or using a woolen cycle in your washing machine. If you’re washing a delicate piece (for example, cashmere), hand washing is the safest option. Fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water and add a small amount of woolen soap. Gently swirl the garment in the water, then rinse it thoroughly and lay it flat to dry.
If you’re using a washing machine, make sure you select the woolen cycle and set the temperature to no higher than 30°C. Never put your woolen clothing in the dryer, as the heat can cause it to shrink and lose its shape.
Washing your woolen clothing doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following these simple tips and tricks, you can keep your knitted clothing pieces looking and feeling great for years to come. Remember to implement some of these tips to make sure your knits look as good as new!