How to Wash a Wool Jumper

How to Wash a Wool Jumper

Wool jumpers are essential for everyone’s winter wardrobe. They are warm, cosy, and no matter your fashion style, there’s one for everyone. 

However, we know that washing wool jumpers can be a tricky and a bit scary =  one wrong move and your gorgeous jumper can come out of the wash or dryer shrunk. So we have compiled this blog post to go through the steps of how to wash a wool jumper properly, using wool detergent.

Step 1: Washing 

It is always better to hand wash your wool, however we know that this is time consuming and not always an option for a lot of people. So if you are not a handwasher, then a wool or delicate cold wash in your machine also does the job. Just remember to turn your jumpers inside out before, and use a specialist wool detergent like our Cashmere and Wool detergent that also protects your jumper from moth attacks.


For those handwashing, first you will need to fill a sink or tub with lukewarm water. Wool is a delicate fibre and can shrink in hot water, so it is important to triple check the water is  lukewarm and not hot! Add a couple of capfuls of wool detergent to the water and let them mingle.

How to wash wool

Step 2: Soak the Jumper

Once you have the water and detergent mixed, it's time to soak the jumper. Gently submerge the jumper into the water, making sure it is completely covered. Let it soak for about 30 minutes, making sure not to agitate the garment too much.

Step 3: Rinse the Jumper

After the jumper has soaked for 30 minutes, drain the water and then refill your sink with fresh water. Gently lift the jumper out of the soapy water and place it into the clean water. Rinse the jumper by gently pressing it down into the water, being careful not to rub or agitate it too much.

Step 4: Remove Excess Water

Once the jumper has been rinsed thoroughly, it's time to remove the excess water - remember to not wring or twist the jumper as this can stretch and misshape the material. Instead, gently squeeze the excess water out of the garment. You can also roll the jumper in a clean towel to help absorb more water.

Step 5: Dry the Jumper

Finally, it's time to dry your jumper. Start by laying it flat on a clean towel and gently reshape it to its original shape. If there is lots of excess water, roll your jumper in the towel. Then leave it to air dry (out of sunlight) flat on a fresh dry towel.

Top tip: Do not hang the jumper to dry as this can stretch the fibres and cause the jumper to lose its shape.

There you have your hand washing a wool jumper guide - it’s not as difficult as it seemed?! By following the above steps and using wool detergent, you can ensure that your jumper stays in good condition and lasts for years to come.

 How to wash wool

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