If you’re anything like me, you’re probably getting really excited about spring clothes about now. But before we pack away all our winter clothes and rush head first into spring, let’s take a moment to show our sweaters some appreciation by giving them a bit of proper care. Taking good care of our clothes is one easy and inexpensive way we can be responsible consumers.
Ready? Let’s jump in!
1 | Say hello to the defuzzing comb (and goodbye to pills)
无论你的针织品质，你都会遇到一些药片。高品质的针织，低质量的针织 - 大多数全部避孕药。
The good news is that there’s an inexpensive solution:A six dollar defuzzing comb。This little guy will easily eliminate your pills when they pop up.Battery operated fabric shaversexist too, but personally, I think the comb is easier to use.
Tip: It can feel like a time-consuming task, so I like to break it up by defuzzing a few sweaters at night while my husband and I watch TV — I bring four or five sweaters to the couch with me, cozy up, and start defuzzing.
The最好way to preserve sweaters is to simply clean them before storing. However, it’s all too easy to skip this step, especially if your knits don’tlookdirty.
但看起来可能是欺骗 - 即使毛衣看起来不脏，微小的食物和皮肤颗粒也可以吸引飞蛾。而且，这秋天处理了一个加入蛾侵犯的GAL，我不想再次搞砸他们。（撕裂了三个最喜欢的毛衣。）
- STEAMING: When you think of steaming clothes, the first thing that probably comes to mind is removing wrinkles. But! It does so much more. Steaming sanitizes clothes by actuallykilling any bacteria that might be lurking in the fibers。Because of that, it can even remove faint odors. I usea small travel steamer, like this one，但我很快就会考虑升级a larger steamer, like this one。这是“洗”在洗涤之间的衣服的绝佳方式。
- HAND WASH: If you want to hand wash, start with a clean sink (avoid using a bleach cleaner on the sink beforehand). Fill your sink up with water and add a mild detergent.I like this one for sweaters。Gently agitate any stains or smelly spots with your fingers, then let it soak for about 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, then roll it up in a towel to get extra moisture off — don’t wring it out. Finally, lay it flat to dry, gently reshaping if needed.
- GENTLE CYCLE：如果洗手不是你想做的事情，请尝试将毛衣放在枕套或内衣包里，并在温和的循环上通过垫圈跑步。Note: I rarely (if ever) do this because putting a dry clean only sweater in the washing machine is a big risk — it can shrink or possibly ruin the sweater. Make sure you research the fabric content of your sweater first and proceed with caution.
Some sweaters can look wrinkled after a wash, so give it a quick steam to release the wrinkles and fluff the fibers.
3 | Repel moths with a sweater spray
Finally, take one last step against moths by spraying your sweaters with a sweater spray. I use thisWool + Cashmere spray by The Laundress。It removes odor and it’s got antibacterial properties.
4 | Store properly
我会再说一遍 - 正确的存储用干净的衣服开始。衣服清洁，他们的可能性越小就是吸引可能毁了他们的飞蛾和虫子。
After I’ve defuzzed, cleaned, and sprayed my clothes, I fold everything and put them in aplastic set of drawers随着我的另一个淡季的衣服，一定要给一切都是过时的。
(Some say storing clothes in plastic is a no-no, but it’s what I have right now, so it’s what I’m using. Maybe someday I’ll upgrade to a canvas box.)
Finally, tuck in a couple of薰衣草小袋, and you’re finished!
And there you have it! Four steps to ensure longevity for your winter clothes.
现在轮到你了 - 你如何为冬天的衣服做好准备？你做了什么来确保冬季衣服的长寿？有任何提示添加到此列表中？我很想听到他们！