Those that can tolerate wearing wool without frantically itching will find it is incredibly warm. However, wearing this particular fabric can become quite expensive if it must be dry-cleaned every other time it is worn. It is possible to wash this type of sweater, even if it is labeled dry clean only. After all, sheep do not shrink in the rain. Use these easy instructions, and learn how to wash a wool sweater instead of washing money on professional cleaning. With proper care it will not shrink. It can be washed at home.
When attempting to wash a wool sweater, do not scrub stains or twist the fabric. Wool can become damaged very easily, and if it is stretched or twisted, it might not regain the proper shape. Handle it with care, use only cold water, and never place it in a heated location to dry it. Follow these instructions carefully, and when in doubt, take it to a dry cleaner for professional assistance.
To wash a wool sweater you will need a laundry tub, a sink or plastic basin of appropriate size, detergent for delicate fabrics, cool water and three thick absorbent bath-size light-colored or white bath towels. Also required is a flat waterproof surface where the sweater can dry naturally. Avoid an area of direct sunlight or heat. When wool is washed in cool water and allowed to dry through evaporation alone, it will not shrink.
Wash and Dry the Garment
To wash the fabric, begin by filling a sink, laundry tub or portable basin with cold water. As the water is filling, pour about three-fourths of a tablespoon of detergent typically used to wash delicates beneath the running water. Put the wool sweater in the cool water, and allow it to soak for about fifteen minutes. After it has soaked, delicately wash it by hand by gently stirring it around. This will sufficiently wash away soil, body odor or anything else on the fabric.
The next step is to rinse the wool sweater. Take the garment out of the wash water, and set it aside. Empty the soapy water, and refill the sink, tub or basin with cool clear water. Place the wool sweater inside, and agitate it in the same manner as before. Repeat this process until the water is no longer soapy.
Lastly, remove the wool sweater from the water, and apply pressure to remove as much water by hand as possible. As previously mentioned, do not wring it out. After pressing it by hand, place it on an absorbent bath towel, and tightly roll up the towel to soak up additional moisture. Repeat this process with dry towels until most of the moisture is out of the wool sweater.
Lay a towel on a flat surface, and place the wool sweater on the towel to dry. Arrange it to reshape the fabric. Turn the towel and the sweater over during the drying process. It might take another absorbent towel or two, but once it dries it will be clean and fresh, and you will have saved a considerable amount of money.