How to Clean a Wool Skirt at Home

Written by heidi a. reeves
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How to Clean a Wool Skirt at Home
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If you want to clean a wool skirt at home, you can't just toss it in the washing machine and hope for the best. Instead, you should take the time to hand wash the wool skirt. Hand washing will prevent your skirt from shrinking and it will allow you to gently cleanse the wool fabric without damaging it with harmful chemicals. Although washing wool skirts does take some time, it's easy to do.

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Things you need

  • Mild detergent
  • Distilled white vinegar

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  1. 1

    Fill a tub with lukewarm water.

  2. 2

    Add 2 teaspoons of mild detergent and agitate the water to distribute the detergent.

  3. 3

    Submerge the wool skirt in the water and wool wash solution.

  4. 4

    Soak for three to five minutes.

  5. 5

    Remove the skirt from the water and squeeze the excess water from the fabric. Don't wring the skirt as you squeeze out the moisture.

  6. 6

    Drain the warm, soapy water from the tub and fill it with cool water.

  7. 7

    Soak the skirt in the cool water for three minutes, remove and squeeze out the excess moisture.

  8. 8

    Drain and refill the tub with fresh, cool water for subsequent soaks. Repeat until the soaking water no longer appears soapy or dirty.

  9. 9

    Fill the tub with cool water and add 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar for the second to last soak. Submerge the skirt in the vinegar and water bath for three to five minutes.

  10. 10

    Remove the wool skirt from the vinegar and water solution and squeeze out the excess water.

  11. 11

    Soak the skirt in a final cool water bath for three to five minutes to eradicate the vinegar smell.

  12. 12

    Remove the skirt from the cool water bath, squeeze out excess water and lay it out to dry on a flat surface.

  13. 13

    Reshape the damp wool skirt as necessary and keep the drying garment away from direct heat and sunlight.

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