Hand Washing Tips for Sweaters
Hand washing is usually the safest choice for washing natural fibers. If there are stains, pretreat before washing. Use a gentle detergent or homemade wool wash following the label directions. Here are some additional tips:
Do not use too much detergent or you will have a very difficult time getting out all of the suds. Left-in detergent can cause fibers to feel stiff and scratchy.
Use cold or lukewarm water – never hot – for best results.
Gently agitate or squeeze the sweater in the water to be sure that the detergent and water reach all parts of the sweater. Never wring or scrub which can cause stretching and pilling.
Support the sweater from underneath as you move it to the rinse water or transfer it to towel for drying.
It is best to wash only one sweater at a time. Overcrowding the sink or wash basin can prevent soil from being removed.
Never mix colors when washing! You may have fading that is very hard to remove.