Advaya saidI have one more lame question...please excuse me
how do I clean my inexpensive but nice sweaters? some of them cost only 15-20 bucks. Dry cleaning here is kind of expensive and every time I have laundered them in the washing machine I have ruined them. May be I am not doing it right?
What does the care label say? If washable, use Woolite or some comparable mild detergent intended for woolens & knits, and the shortest, most gentle machine cycle with cold water.
If your washing machine doesn't have that gentle option, then hand wash with Woolite. The spin cycle, however, should be high speed if you can adjust that separately from the agitator wash action. Do not mix other clothes with knits, especially those with zippers, buttons or trim that could snag.
Dry most wool sweaters flat on terry towels. Dryer heat can cause many to shrink severely. But if cotton, synthetic or blend you may be able to use the lowest dryer heat setting, if the care label so indicates. If unsure, or the dryer offers no low heat option, air dry flat. Drying on a hanger or line can cause stretching, and wooden or wire hangers can cause stains on wet fabric.