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SWEATER COMB

No need to invest in a battery-powered sweater shaver. For less than $3—and a little elbow grease—a basic sweater comb is all you need to strip pills, fluff, and lint from your knitwear with aplomb.

+ D-Fuzz-It Sweater Comb $2.95 at Yarn.com

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

SWEATER COMB

No need to invest in a battery-powered sweater shaver. For less than $3—and a little elbow grease—a basic sweater comb is all you need to strip pills, fluff, and lint from your knitwear with aplomb.

+ D-Fuzz-It Sweater Comb $2.95 at Yarn.com

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

NEEDLE FELTING KIT

Even someone who’s all thumbs can repair small rips, snags, and moth nibbles by “filling” them with matching wool roving. A needle-felting starter kit includes everything you need to salvage your sweater, including felting needles, a sponge or pad, and an assortment of batts in different colors.

+ Needle Felting Starter Kit (in “Heatwave”) $15

+ Fiber Alley

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

SWEATER PATCHES

To repair holes in cable- or chunky-knit sweaters, iron on a quirky patch for an instant revamp. Made from recycled cashmere, the appliques come in the shape of leaves, Band-Aids, and ironically, moths.

+ Cashmere Patches $12

+ Stella Neptune

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

WASH & STAIN BAR

For spot-treating stains and even laundering on the go, the airline-safe Wash & Stain bar by The Laundress will stand you in good stead—no toxic chemicals, required.

+ Wash & Stain Bar $6

+ The Laundress

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

EUCALAN WASH

Pay no heed to care labels that say “dry clean only.” Most woolen knits can be hand-washed at home, sans chemical fumes. Try a nontoxic, no-rinse detergent by Eucalan, a favorite among knitters. Biodegradable with zero phosphates, the formula also includes lanolin, which keeps fibers conditioned and static-free.

+ 16.9 oz. Wash $11

+ Eucalan

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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