Powder detergents work great for removing dirt or clay.
Gently wash the sweater with cold water and a mild soap or shampoo, then rinse the soap off with the cold water. If there is excess soap in the sweater, refrain from twisting or wringing it out as that may compromise the shape of the sweater by stretching it out. Simply press the sweater gently to remove excess soap and water. To help dry it some, take the wet sweater and lay it on a dry towel. Press the towel down to remove the excess water, then repeat this once more with a dry towel.
Gently press excess water and soap out of the sweater, never twist or wring as this may stretch the fabric out of shape. Put the sweater in its shape properly and roll the towel up. Once it is rolled up, press the towel to remove excess water, then repeat again with a dry towel. Never hang a cashmere sweater because the fabric will stretch and lose its shape. Lay it flat nicely folded. Sweaters, regardless of the fabric, should not be hung.
Doing this will most likely cause them to stretch and lose their shape. You can also roll the sweaters which will help if you experience creases after folding them. The sweater is a very important piece of clothing, so it should be treated as such. Wearing a sweater will do wonders for how you look, so taking care of your sweaters properly and frequently will keep them looking for for a long time.
They should be able to last a pretty long time, so making sure you take care of them may also save you a few bucks too!
Cotton Click on the image above to buy this cotton sweater by Izod. There are a few different ways to wash a sweater, but washing them properly is absolutely essential. The life of your sweater may very well depend on it, so if you want your sweater to continue to look good for years to come, pay close attention to the ways that you should care for them.
Click on the above image to buy this Cashmere sweater. Fill the sink or basin with cold water and make sure there is enough water to circulate around the entire sweater. Gently squeeze the sweater as you immerse it in the water so that the water solution penetrates the fibers of the sweater.
Drain the sink or basin and rinse the sweater several times with cold water as soon as you have immersed the entire sweater in the water solution and saturated it by squeezing. Remove all traces of the soap solution by rinsing until the water that hits your sweater appears completely clear. Squeeze out as much water as you can from the sweater without twisting or wringing it.
Lay the sweater flat on a towel and smooth it out with your hands. Roll up the sweater in the towel and squeeze a few more times to remove more water. Unroll the sweater and towel. Remove the sweater and lay it flat on a dry towel.
Smooth the sweater back into shape and allow it to dry.
Coax the sweater back into its shape, squaring the shoulders, placing the sleeves parallel to the body, and squaring the hem. Resource: Stackable sweater drying racks from The Container Store. Steam. When the sweater is dry, gently steam it on a hanger to remove wrinkles (this is a great way to freshen up a sweater you haven't washed). Place sweater in water and swirl gently. Rinse. Drain the basin and gently press sweater to remove excess water, being careful not to wring or twist. Spread sweater on a thick, dry towel. Roll towel the way you would a yoga mat, pressing as you go. Do not twist towel. Unroll. Lay sweater on a dry towel on a flat, waterproof surface. Reshape sweater. Personally, I submerge one hand so it touches the garment and agitate it just a touch so the water shows some movement. Step #4: Drain sink and rinse sweater. Empty the sink basin and start the tap with cold water, rinsing each item individually to make sure all soap is gone. Step #4: Remove from sink. Be warned: Your sweater will be heavy with water. Push them against the walls of the sink to get out .