How to clean wool jacket at home

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How to clean wool jacket at home
Using a gentle detergent to clean a wool jacket at home will help protect fine wool fibres. (wool image by chrisharvey from

A wool jacket is a staple item in winter outerwear. While it may seem that heavy-duty wool jackets are a hassle to get clean or that home cleaning is a difficult task, there are a few techniques that you can use to clean your wool jacket at home. Home cleaning will save you time and the expense of taking your jacket to the dry cleaners.

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Things you need

  • Dish soap
  • Lukewarm water
  • Tub
  • Thick towel

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  1. 1

    Remove all debris from your jacket by using a garment brush or soft, damp cloth.

  2. 2

    Fill a large tub, such as your bathtub, with lukewarm water. Never use hot water when cleaning wool, as it could cause the wool to shrink.

  3. 3

    Add two tablespoons of a gentle detergent to the water and mix well. You should avoid general laundry detergents, and even detergents such as Woolite, as their alkaline levels are high and could strip the fibres in the wool. Chose a gentle detergent such as dish soap.

  4. 4

    Soak the jacket in the tub for five minutes. As the jacket rises up and floats, gently push it back down into the water.

  5. 5

    Remove the jacket from the water and gently squeeze out the excess water. Try to avoid harshly wringing the jacket. A gentle squeeze should get most excess water from the jacket.

  6. 6

    Release the water and wait for it to drain completely. Wipe the tub so that there is no remaining soap. Fill the tub again with clean, detergent-free lukewarm water.

  7. 7

    Soak the jacket again in the water in the same method as before. After a few minutes, remove the jacket and gently squeeze the excess water from the jacket. If the water runs away slightly soapy, you need to repeat the rinsing process until the water that runs off of the jacket no longer contains soap.

  8. 8

    Lay the jacket down on a thick towel. Roll the towel with the jacket inside of it to draw out any remaining water from the jacket. Then unroll the towel and remove the jacket.

  9. 9

    Place the jacket on a flat surface and allow it to dry overnight. Avoiding putting the jacket in direct sunlight.

Tips and warnings

  • If your wool jacket is a high percentage of wool (such as 100% wool), which you can determine by reading the jacket label, you may want to consider having the jacket dry cleaned. Also, if the jacket label reads "Dry Clean Only" then you should follow the advice of the label and only have the jacket dry cleaned to avoid damage to the wool.

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