It looked so good in the store. But now you’re wearing that chunky sweater at work it’s driving you insane! Every corner becomes a back-scratching post and you’re furtively itching elbows and arms, hoping no one notices.
Rather than scratching yourself to death or retiring your favorite sweater to the back of the closet, use some of our favorite tricks:
1. Take that bad boy and soak in cold water with a few tablespoons of white vinegar for 15 minutes. We recommend doing this outside to avoid unpleasant odors.
2. Once the sweater is fully saturated, remove from the water a— vinegar solution and massage a generous amount of hair conditioner (yea, that’s right!) into the fibers of the sweater. Don’t be afraid to lube it up!
3. Allow the conditioner to set into the fabric for half an hour before rinsing thoroughly in cold water. Be careful during the process to not damage the garment’s fibers or overly stretch the sweater.
4. Dry flat on a clean towel. Once you’re sure the sweater is fully dried, fold neatly and place into a large Ziploc bag.
5. Last step! Place the bag in the freezer overnight. This seals smaller strands and fibers in the garment, taming them like how a cold blast from the hair dryer smooths stubborn frizz.
A few things to keep in mind:
Natural fibers and material like wool, alpaca, cashmere, and agora can cause allergic reactions. If you have an allergy — no matter how luxurious the fabric is or how much conditioning you do — it’s not going to help.
When considering different sweaters, choose a “Merino wool” over regular. The breed of sheep that grows this wool as well as the spinning techniques used make this a softer wool.
Don’t be afraid to take it to a pro. Many quality fabric sweaters require a professional touch (ever shrunk a cashmere sweater? You’ll never fully recover). Don’t be afraid to take it to your local dry cleaner or clothing care provider. You can always call and ask one of the laundry pro’s at 2ULaundry too. We’re always happy to help!