How to Wash a Wool Jacket

Written by greyson ferguson
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Although wool can be a great fabric to have during the colder months of the year, it can often be a double-edged sword, due to the fabric being hard to take care of. The fabric is too delicate to go in a washing machine or dryer. Taking it to a dry cleaner is an option that can become expensive. It is possible to hand wash the fabric in your own home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wool jacket
  • Sink
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Towel

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  1. 1

    Plug a sink and fill it with water. Use cool water. You could use hot water, but if you are in an area that is cold, then hanging the wool jacket outside to dry could cause shrinking, due to the change of hot to cold.

  2. 2

    Submerge the wool jacket into the water. Although the coat is large, you can eventually submerge the coat into the water without parts of it hanging outside of the sink.

  3. 3

    Pour a mild dish soap into the water. Gently mix the water around so you can spread out the dish soap and cover the entire jacket.

  4. 4

    Leave the wool jacket in the water for a few hours. Over time any stains on the wool jacket pull right out of the jacket.

  5. 5

    Pull the jacket out of the water and rinse it carefully under the sink to remove soap suds.

  6. 6

    Gently squeeze the water out of the wool jacket. Do not twist the jacket; you could damage it. Lie the wool jacket down over a dry towel. Do not pull too much on the coat because wool can permanently stretch out while it is wet. Leave the wool jacket on the towel until it dries.

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