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How to Remove the Itch in a Wool Jumper

Updated February 21, 2017

Wool tends to be an attractive, classic and itchy fabric. While classic wool garments are warm, long lasting and can be very attractive, the itchiness of the clothing sometimes makes you less than inclined to wear wool items.

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While the measures necessary to remove all of the itchiness from a wool garment will vary by your skin sensitivity, there are several various home remedies for greatly reducing wool itch in clothing such as jumpers. All of these remedies involve washing your wool garment several times with various itch-reducing substances included in the wash.

  1. Fill your kitchen or bathroom sink with lukewarm or cool water. Place two or three tablespoons of glycerine in the water and stir it thoroughly.

  2. Place wool jumper in sink and hand wash the garment in the glycerine water. Allow the jumper to stay in the water for some time to soak and absorb the glycerine, then hand wash the item as you normally would.

  3. Lay jumper out on a counter top to flat dry. Itchiness should be eliminated or greatly reduced by the time the item is dry. If itchiness is reduced but not as much as you would like it to be, repeat this process as many times as necessary until the jumper is no longer itchy.

  4. Place jumper in the washing machine and adjust machine to small sized load. Turn the washing machine on and wait for rinse cycle.

  5. Add two cups of white distilled vinegar to the washing machine while it is in the rinse cycle. Allow wash to finish.

  6. Dry wool jumper normally. If the itchiness is not completely gone, repeat the process until you are satisfied with the results.

  7. Tip

    More expensive wools tend to be less itchy, so if you love the look of wool but hate the itch, buy wool garments that specifically claim to be less itchy. Frequent washing helps reduce the itchiness in wool, so attempting these tricks several times should help reduce itchiness. Also, you can try both methods one right after the other without causing any harm to the jumper.


    If you skin is sensitive to glycerine or vinegar, do not wash clothing in it. Clothing colour may fade with frequent washing.

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Things You'll Need

  • Glycerine
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Lukewarm water

About the Author

Jen Davis

Jen Davis has been writing since 2004. She has served as a newspaper reporter and her freelance articles have appeared in magazines such as "Horses Incorporated," "The Paisley Pony" and "Alabama Living." Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in journalism from Berry College in Rome, Ga.

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