Caring for Warm Winter Clothes

Wash and dry your warmest clothing and bedding.

Brrr! The attack of the polar vortex has made for a really cold winter. Keep your longjohns and warmest sweaters ready for the next cold snap.

There are some tricks to washing those special fuzzy or insulated clothes, and our own Ann Sheehan has a few tips on how to keep them clean and dry them safely.

Page last modified on 2017-10-29

Stay warm and toasty,       by Julie Baka


One reason our family loves winter is because we each get to pull our favorite cold-weather item out of the closet; that thing that is just too warm to use during the rest of the year. Everyone is responsible for cleaning our own item, so if anything bad should happen to it then it is our own responsibility!

My husband loves to ride his motorcycle, and does so every chance he gets - no matter the time of year. And he loves his leather motorcycle chaps that help keep him warm during cold winter months. After long rides, he always washes the chaps down with a special soap made for cleaning leather. Several times a year he also applies a special leather conditioner. After he is through cleaning the chaps, he lays them over the drying rack in a part of our home that is not too close to any heaters. He has had these chaps for over twenty years and says they are just starting to get worn in. He says they will last him many more decades because of the love he gives them!

My teen-aged daughter saved her babysitting money to buy a sweater made of llama wool that looks beautiful on her. She takes great care of this sweater only wearing it on special occasions, making sure nothing gets spilled on it. When it does need to be cleaned she does so lovingly, but it is quite a long and tedious process. (If only she put this much effort into her school work!)

My teen-aged daughter saved her babysitting money to buy a sweater made of llama wool that looks beautiful on her. She takes great care of this sweater only wearing it on special occasions, making sure nothing gets spilled on it. When it does need to be cleaned she does so lovingly, but it is quite a long and tedious process. (If only she put this much effort into her school work!)

  • She scrubs the kitchen sink and counters and then re-cleans with gentle baby shampoo to remove any harsh chemicals.
  • Puts on old clothes and sets several fluffy white terry cloth towels on the counter.
  • Fills the sink with cool water and a few squirts of the baby shampoo.
  • Lets the sweater soak for about five minutes, tenderly swirling the sweater around in the soapy water.
  • Carefully removes the sweater from the sink, places it on a towel, and gingerly rolls - never wringing or twisting.
  • Places the sweater flat on a dry towel on the counter. After about an hour, she uses the towel to flip the sweater onto another dry towel, taking care to shape it.
  • After it is dried and properly shaped, she carefully folds the much-loved sweater and puts it away.

 

woman wearing a warm sweater

 

My son's girlfriend gave him a nice cashmere scarf as a gift. Unlike his sister, he is always spilling things on the scarf and getting it dirty. And unlike his sister, he has no patience for the hand-washing regimen. He simply throws the scarf in the washing machine with cold water on the gentle cycle and uses a mild detergent specially formulated for wool. He lets the scarf air dry over our Best drying rack.

My husband loves to ride his motorcycle, and does so every chance he gets - no matter the time of year. And he loves his leather motorcycle chaps that help keep him warm during cold winter months. After long rides, he always washes the chaps down with a special soap made for cleaning leather. Several times a year he also applies a special leather conditioner. After he is through cleaning the chaps, he lays them over the drying rack in a part of our home that is not too close to any heaters. He's had these chaps for over twenty years and says they are just starting to get worn in. He says they will last him many more decades because of the love he gives them!

By far, my favorite winter item is our flannel sheets. They are so soft and cozy and warm. I carefully launder them on the gentle cycle in the washing machine in warm water with a mild detergent. I pour a half cup of white vinegar in during the rinse cycle to help prevent pilling. If I am in a hurry, I throw the sheets in the dryer, never using a dryer sheet. I prefer to be able to hang the sheets on the drying rack if I have the time. If I had things my way, we would turn the air conditioner down low in the summer time just so I could sleep in flannel sheets every night!

Winter can be a warm and wonderful season!


 

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