Don’t wring or squeeze wet knits unless you want a misshapen mess. To remove access water, place your sweater on a dry, absorbent towel and gently roll across a flat surface, pressing firmly as you go. Tip: A white towel staves away inadvertent dye transfers.
SWEATER DRYING RACK
Natural fibers need to be dried flat to retain their shape, and venting them on both sides makes quick work of a would-be chore. A nifty tool to have in your arsenal, this mesh drying rack isn’t just stackable, it also fits over your bathtub for containing drips.
Extremely malleable, wet wool can take on a life of its own. If you’d rather not guess at your sweater’s measurements, simply note down its dimensions before it’s bathed in suds, then gently arrange it to its original shape when drying.
Convenient, though not entirely necessary, a handheld steamer gets wayward wrinkles out in pinch. Plus, It freshens and deodorizes wool and cashmere knits so they can go longer between washes.
The best offense is a good defense, so keep moths from making a quick meal of your precious cargo from the outset. Instead of using noxious chemical-soaked mothballs, however, stave off interlopers with all-natural cedar blocks or lavender sachets, which are as easy to find in stores as they are to make.
Originally published on Nov. 14, 2011.