How to Wash Woollen Jumpers Naturally
Woollen jumpers are a staple in any wardrobe, especially during the chilly months. They keep us cozy and warm, but they also require special care to maintain their softness and shape. While many commercial detergents can be harsh on wool, leaving it scratchy and misshapen, there is a gentler and more natural way to care for your beloved woollens. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the process of washing woollen jumpers naturally that will revolutionise your woollen care routine.
Should you use natural detergent?
Wool is a natural fiber that deserves natural treatment. Commercial detergents often contain harsh chemicals and enzymes that can damage the delicate wool fibers, causing them to lose their softness and shape. By opting for a natural approach, you not only preserve the quality of your woollen garments but also contribute to a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Before you start washing your woollen jumper, ensure you have the following supplies on hand:
Wool Detergent: I use my Wool & Silk Wash as this is designed to clean and protect delicate fabrics like wool and silk. It's gentle yet effective and contains all-natural ingredients.
Sink or Basin: You'll need a clean sink or basin large enough to submerge your jumper.
Cool Water: Use cold water to prevent shrinking or felting of the wool fibers.
Towels: Have some clean towels ready for drying.
Soft Brush: A soft brush, like a clean makeup brush or a baby brush, will help remove dirt and lint from your jumper.
Step 2: Pre-Wash Inspection
Before you begin, inspect your jumper for any stains or spots. If you spot any, treat them gently with a Stain Remover or a mild soap.
Step 3: Prepare the Wash Basin
Fill your sink or basin with cool water. Add the recommended amount of Wool Wash according to the label instructions. Mix it well to create a gentle, soapy solution.
Step 4: Soak Your Jumper
Submerge your woollen jumper in the soapy water, gently pressing it down to ensure it's completely saturated. Allow it to soak for about 10-15 minutes to loosen dirt and oils.
Step 5: Gently Clean
Using a soft brush, gently scrub the jumper to remove any dirt or lint. Be careful not to scrub too vigorously, as wool fibers are delicate.
Step 6: Rinse
Drain the soapy water and refill the basin with clean, cool water. Gently agitate the jumper in the water to remove the soap residue. Repeat this rinsing process until the water runs clear.
Step 7: Remove Excess Water
To prevent stretching, don't wring out your jumper. Instead, gently press it between two clean towels to remove excess water.
Step 8: Reshape and Dry
Lay your woolen jumper flat on a clean, dry towel, reshaping it to its original size and dimensions. Avoid hanging it, as this can cause it to stretch. Allow it to air dry away from direct sunlight or heat sources.
Step 9: Enjoy Your Freshly Cleaned Jumper
Once your woollen jumper is completely dry, it will be soft, clean, and ready to wear. You'll notice the difference in its feel and appearance.
For top-ups between washes, I also like to use my Garment Refresher & Cashmere Comb. These are wonderful to keep my jumpers looking and feeling great without having to over wash.
As always, please do let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to help.