10 Inexpensive Ways to Keep Woolen Sweaters Looking Like New

by , 01/10/17   filed under: Featured, Features

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FLUFFY TOWEL

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.

+ Organic Woodgrain Bath Towel $19

+ West Elm

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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.

+ Sweater Drying Rack $7.99

+ The Container Store

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MEASURING TAPE

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.

+ Tape Measure $2.99 at Jo-Ann

+ Dritz

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HANDHELD STEAMER

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.

+ Compact Steamer $22 at Amazon

+ Steamfast

garment care, fabric care, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, wool, cashmere

LAVENDER SACHETS

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.

+ Organic Lavender Sachets $22

+ Gardenmis

Originally published on Nov. 14, 2011.

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2 Responses to “10 Inexpensive Ways to Keep Woolen Sweaters Looking Like New”

  1. SuS says:

    It really surprises me to see Ecouterre advocate wool, considering how horrifically cruel the industry is to sheep. A google image search for “mulesing” should cure anyone of wanting to wear wool.

  2. Zyxomma says:

    The moth patches idea was mine first — in the 1980s, moths got my favorite grey wool sweater dress, and I embroidered moths on the holes.

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