Sweaters must be hand-washed to prevent warping. Fortunately, hand-washing is easy. Follow these easy steps to a clean sweater. If you have a stain, check out our spot-washing guide.

We recommend a detergent with as few chemicals as possible, such as Seventh Generation, which is linked in the tools section of this guide.



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Fill the sink with cool water.
  • Fill the sink with cool water.

  • Never wash a sweater in hot water as it can cause the sweater to shrink.

  • Add some gentle liquid detergent to the water.

  • Each brand of detergent is different, so you'll need to read the label on your bottle to know how much to add. For most soaps, a tablespoon is plenty.

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Mix the soap into the water with your hand.
  • Mix the soap into the water with your hand.

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  • Submerge the sweater in the soapy water.

  • Gently press down to make sure that the entire sweater is in the water.

  • Allow the sweater to soak for 15-20 minutes.

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  • Drain the sink and rinse the sweater, squeezing it gently in your hands to release all the extra soap and water.

  • Never twist or wring out a sweater as this can distort the fibers.

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  • Place a towel on a waterproof surface.

  • Lay the sweater out on the towel.

  • Gently lay the sweater flat, lightly stretching it to its proper size.

  • Do not over stretch the sweater.

  • Lay the sleeves out flat, gently stretching them to their proper size.

  • Allow the sweater to lay undisturbed until it is dry.

  • Never hang-dry a sweater, as it can strech or warp the fibers.

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