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CAREFUL LAUNDRY

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS
FOR WASHING WOOL


The
following is an extract taken from a new publication called “
Home
Economics
” which reintroduces readers to all of our Grandparents
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techniques.

This is
the art – and, more importantly – the science of housekeeping, more
relevant then ever before in these cash-strapped times.


“Because woolen materials shrink greatly if not laundered properly, great
care should be used in handling them.  Because a sweater is made of
wool and is knitted, it may shrink excessively or stretch out of shape. The
method of laundering and temperature of water make a great deal of
difference in the shrinkage of wool garments.  Follow these steps for
shrink-free success:-

  • Use lukewarm water and make a
    rich suds of any neutral soap.
  • Wash only one piece at a time.
  • Do not soak, boil or rub
    woolen material.
  • Punch and knead the garment in
    the suds until it is clean.
  • If one soapy washing is not
    enough, use a second one.
  • Wring out the soapy water by
    squeezing.
  • Rinse the garment thoroughly
    through two or three waters of the same lukewarm temperature.
  • Squeeze the water out and
    shake the garment.
  • Hang in a warm, shady place
    and let dry thoroughly.  While drying, the garment should
    be shaped by pulling and stretching.  When partly dry, the
    garment should be turned.
  • Lay a damp cloth over the
    garment and press with a hot iron.

I would
just like to point out that these days it is not recommended to hang wet
woollen garments as the weight can stretch them out of shape.  It is
thought preferable to lay them flat on a white towel or, alternatively, they
can be rolled up in a soft, clean, white towel until most of the moisture
has been extracted.

 

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