As the weather turns colder, you’ll need to layer up, which means your laundry pile will grow, and going to your laundry service might be more challenging, and some laundry delivery services might be unavailable, so you have to do it all by yourself. Winter clothing should be washed correctly to protect thick sweaters, save time in the laundry room, and keep electric bills low.
Even in the winter, washing with cold water is one of the simplest methods to save money on your electric bill. In addition to washing in cold water, hanging drying clothes saves electricity and helps the environment.
To help keep puffy coats, knit sweaters, snow boots, and the rest of your family’s winter clothes looking new, here are some laundry recommendations.
Hand washes sweaters or scarves with dish soap.
Fill the sink with cold water, add soap, and swish the sweater around in it (refrain from twisting, this may hurt the material). Empty the sink, then fill it with cool water and swish the sweater about in it until it is well rinsed. Rep till there is no more soap to be found.
Machine wash jackets twice.
Put your down coat in the machine with cold water and natural laundry detergent on the gentle cycle for half an hour. Squish out any surplus liquid while being careful not to twist the jacket. Dry your jacket on a low setting with a few tennis balls in the dryer to help re-fluff it.
Re-wear winter clothes
You sweat less in the cooler winter months, so your outer layers can be worn numerous times without needing to be washed (as long as they don’t smell or have stains). Place them in the dryer on low for five minutes with a dryer sheet to refresh between wears.
Treat stains right away.
It may be more convenient to wait until the end of the season to deal with stains, but they are much harder to remove once they have been set. Instead, use a stain remover to cover ugly imperfections and cure stains as soon as you notice them.
Retain sweater shape
Lay the sweater out and trace the outline of the sweater on a large sheet of paper before washing. Wrap the sweater in a towel to absorb any extra water after washing, then place it on the parchment and reshape it to fit the outline. Allow it to dry completely flat.
Deodorize snow boots
Fill a bucket halfway with cold water, half with vinegar, and one capful with washing detergent. Remove the boot inserts, soak them for thirty minutes in this combination, then rinse thoroughly and hang to dry. Before replacing the insoles, swab the exterior of the boots with a moist rag and sprinkle a tiny amount of baking soda inside.
Suspend garments from a towel bar, a shower curtain rod, or any foldable racks. In the winter, this can be used as a “line dry.” In addition, wet clothing will aid in increasing the moisture content of the dry winter air.
Keep air-dried clothes from getting crunchy.
Add half a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle to keep your clothing soft and eliminate any residual detergent. Dry your clothing by shaking them out and hanging them up to dry. If your clothing is still stiff, use a damp rag to set them in the dryer for five minutes.