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tips for handwashing woollens (other than using the washing machine for it!!!)

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yummyburger Fri 11-Oct-13 14:47:47

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Edithmark Fri 11-Oct-13 23:13:24

Ooh hand washing jumpers is my favourite task for putting off work...I suddenly find a few jumpers that need a wash and there's my afternoon gone.

If I really need to wash jumpers and not just to waste time, then run a bowl of Luke warm water, add fabric softener only and them only a little,or the wool goes slimy, push jumpers through the water and back, a 'rolling pastry' type movement for 2 or 3 minutes, then drain, and squash as much water out as you can, but don't wring or it all stretches. Then put each jumper on a big towel at one end, that's than in the middle. Fold end bit of towel,on top of the jumper, then roll whole thing into a big sausage shape, to blot the jumper. Leave like this for about 20-30 mins whilst you drink tea, go on MN, read trashy novel etc, then unroll jumper and dry flat on an airer.

This method is quicker as no soap means no rinsing which is the time consuming bit. IMHO its the warm water being pushed through the fibres that gets wool clean rather than detergent which makes it sticky and go like felt if you're not careful, or don't rinse endlessly.

yummyburger Sat 12-Oct-13 14:35:38

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Mintyy Sat 12-Oct-13 14:38:03

I hand wash some of my delicate jumpers (I use a little woolite) but rinse them in the machine and put them on the slowest spin. I never do less than 3 or 4 at a time so don't feel too guilty about the water.

Gatekeeper Sun 13-Oct-13 11:42:55

I hand wash my jumpers with soap flakes and then rinse them in the washing machine with a 800 spin. Easy and doesn't take long

yummyburger Sun 13-Oct-13 13:28:54

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Mintyy Sun 13-Oct-13 20:45:46

Yes, the rinse cycle will be with cold water!

yummyburger Mon 14-Oct-13 09:25:23

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