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    Dec 19, 2010 8:31 PM GMT
    I 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?
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    Dec 19, 2010 8:59 PM GMT
    cold water for wash and rinse, mild detergent and lay flat to dry or dry on cool cycle.......Keithicon_cool.gif
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    Dec 19, 2010 9:43 PM GMT
    what are they made out of?

    if it's wool I wash them by hand using a liquid made for woolen clothing it doesn't take much effort and I can do it in the laundry or kitchen sink then I squeeze it clean by scrunching it up without twisting or wringing to wool because it'll pull it out of shape.
    After it's been rinsed a few times I squeeze as much water as I can out and then roll it up in a few towels to absorb some more water then dry it flat.

    although I now have a front loading washing machine so I use to gentle cycle with drip dry which doesn't spin the clothes out and cold water then again with the towels and dry flat.

    if you have a washing machine with an agitator in the middle it'll usually cause a fair bit of damage to woolen clothing including pulling it out of shape.
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    Dec 19, 2010 10:36 PM GMT
    I look at it as natural selection in action. If it can't be cleaned by putting it in the washer and pushing the button, I don't have time for it anyway.

    (I push the "knits" button for those things.)

    The same goes for dishes and cookware.
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    Dec 19, 2010 10:37 PM GMT
    hand wash
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    Dec 19, 2010 11:24 PM GMT
    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.
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    Dec 20, 2010 5:27 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidwhat are they made out of?

    if it's wool I wash them by hand using a liquid made for woolen clothing it doesn't take much effort and I can do it in the laundry or kitchen sink then I squeeze it clean by scrunching it up without twisting or wringing to wool because it'll pull it out of shape.
    After it's been rinsed a few times I squeeze as much water as I can out and then roll it up in a few towels to absorb some more water then dry it flat.

    although I now have a front loading washing machine so I use to gentle cycle with drip dry which doesn't spin the clothes out and cold water then again with the towels and dry flat.

    if you have a washing machine with an agitator in the middle it'll usually cause a fair bit of damage to woolen clothing including pulling it out of shape.


    thanks. one is 100% wool and another one is 100% cotton.

    The woolen sweater label says: hand wash, no dryer
    The cotton sweater label: gentle cold machine wash, no dryer

    Thanks again, I think I am going to hand wash all of them.
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    Dec 20, 2010 5:33 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    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.


    I will get Woolite for the sweaters. My washing machine has a knit/ delicate fabric cycle and there is a "air fluff" cycle on dryer. I think those are the ones I have used on my other woolen sweater that got ruined.

    I am guessing "delicate fabrics" wash cycle "air fluff" dryer cycle for cotton sweaters, and hand wash and dry flat for all cotton sweaters.
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    Dec 20, 2010 5:48 AM GMT
    Cold Water, delicate or hand wash cycle (if you have that)?
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    Dec 20, 2010 5:50 AM GMT
    Look at the tag BEFORE you buy them. If it's not a blended fabric and requires 'dry clean only' then put it back. Otherwise, follow the instructions listed above, repeat as needed icon_smile.gif
  • Lozzano

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    Dec 20, 2010 5:56 AM GMT
    I usually put my sweaters inside a plastic bag and then I put them on the freeze for 2 or 3 days, that kill all bacteria and then I spray some odor neutralizer in case it smell like freezer. Try it also with jeans!
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    Dec 20, 2010 5:59 AM GMT
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    Dec 20, 2010 6:05 AM GMT
    Lozzano saidI usually put my sweaters inside a plastic bag and then I put them on the freeze for 2 or 3 days, that kill all bacteria and then I spray some odor neutralizer in case it smell like freezer. Try it also with jeans!


    you kidding right? i have heard that for stinky shoes, so it's kind of plausible for someone to do that. but your clothes are not technically clean?
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    Dec 20, 2010 6:35 AM GMT
    rightasrain saidcrazy+instructions.jpg


    Uhh, THIS DOESN'T APPLY.
    Did you forget the OP isn't straight? icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 20, 2010 7:04 AM GMT
    GigoloAssassin said
    rightasrain saidcrazy+instructions.jpg


    Uhh, THIS DOESN'T APPLY.
    Did you forget the OP isn't straight? icon_confused.gif


    Does everything have to be so literal? He should give it to his husband/boyfriend then. It was meant to be cute... You know, 'cute'.
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    Dec 20, 2010 7:36 AM GMT

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    Anyway...
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    GigoloAssassin said
    rightasrain saidcrazy+instructions.jpg


    Uhh, THIS DOESN'T APPLY.
    Did you forget the OP isn't straight? icon_confused.gif


    Yes I AM!?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 20, 2010 2:21 PM GMT
    Always read the tag BEFORE you buy the sweater. If you want to launder them, get a cotton sweater.. if you get a lambswool or wool, your talking dry cleaning......

    Stick with the cotton sweaters and follow the directions on the tag.
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    Dec 20, 2010 2:32 PM GMT
    Read the tags before washing them.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Dec 20, 2010 2:37 PM GMT
    Every modest sized city has a few discount dry cleaners for those wool and silk sweaters. I can get mine done for $2.15 each but I have to pay cash in advance.

    You should stick to cotton sweaters if you want to hand wash them and lay out to dry at home.