Trick to make winter jumpers less scratchy so you can stay warm in comfort
Trick to make winter jumpers less scratchy so you can stay warm in comfort – Fabric expert Kegan Kimball has revealed his top tips to keep your winter woollies soft and cosy in the cold weather – from soaking them with vinegar to putting them in the freezer
Plummeting temperatures are always a welcome excuse to break out the knitwear.
There’s nothing better than snuggling down in a big winter jumper – but nothing worse than a scratchy sweater.
Luckily for us, Kegan Kimball from London-based dry cleaning service LaundryHeap revealed his secrets to keep your favourite jumpers soft without ruining the shape, as reported by the Daily Mail .
When picking knitwear, always read the label to ensure you know what you are buying.
Kegan warns many jumpers are a ‘true wolf in sheep’s clothing’, with not many being made from 100% wool, but more often blended with fibres like nylon, cotton and acrylic.
Always try and opt for high quality, natural fibres instead, such as cotton, cashmere and wool.
If you have a favourite which leaves you itchy, Kegan says you need to ‘relax’ it by soaking the garment in a white vinegar and water solution for about 20 minutes before leaving it flat to air dry.
In case the vinegar doesn’t quite cut it, try massaging hair conditioner into the fabric, before rinsing it off with cold water and air drying to leave your jumper as soft as your hair.
For those willing to resort to desperate measures, Kegan has an extreme solution – freezing your knitwear.
“It may sound a little mad, but try throwing your itchy sweater into the freezer overnight,” he said.
“Doing so locks the fibres in place, so they don’t shed and poke into you.”
For the more day-to-day care, wash your sweater in a net bag on a delicate setting with gentle detergent.
Invest in some quality knitwear hangers to avoid stretching your jumpers out of shape.
If your woollies do look a little worse for wear, Kegan says a spin in the tumble dryer is perfect to fix stretched fabric, wetting the affected areas beforehand.
You can also use a fabric shaver to get rid of any bobbles which plague woollen items to leave them looking as good as new.
And if all that fails, you can always simply just wear a shirt underneath to put an end to the itching.
Kegan added: “Preppy never goes out of style.
“So if you’re short on time, you can combat any itch by keeping a layer between you and the garment.”