Home Remedies for Sweaters

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In the wintertime, a good sweater keeps you warm as you brave the snow, wind and cold. Over the years, the material starts to look worn and you may encounter issues. When you get acquainted with home remedies for sweaters, you can maintain the appearance of these garments for a longer period of time.

Sweater Home Remedies

The way you clean and maintain your clothing now plays a significant role in how long you will be able to enjoy your wardrobe in the future. Storage methods are just as important as your cleaning methods. Below you will find a handful of home remedies for sweaters that can help keep them in your repertoire for many years to come:

a) Pantyhose:

You don’t want to get clothespin marks on a freshly washed sweater so try placing an old pair of pantyhose through the neck of the sweater and running the legs out through the arms. Next, hang the sweater to dry on your clothesline by clipping the pins onto the pantyhose instead of on the material of your sweater.

b) Mothballs:

When storing wool sweaters, add a few mothballs to their surroundings to keep the fabric-eaters away. However, you can further protect your sweaters by dissolving a couple of mothballs in the final rinse of your wash before placing them in storage.

c) Paper Bags:

Tired of shrunken sweaters? You can reshape your wool sweaters by tracing the contours of the clothing on a paper bag with a pen before putting it in the wash. Then, use the outline to stretch the item back to its original shape after it has been washed.

d) Newspaper [1]:

To enhance the storage of woolen sweaters, wrap them in a few sheets of newspaper – making sure to tape at the corners. This method will keep away the moths, as well as repel dirt and dust.

e) Pillowcases:

If you store your winter sweaters in plastic during the warmer weather months, you run the risk of them becoming musty. Storing in your closet makes them susceptible to moths, so placing your sweaters in a pillowcase for seasonal storage can avoid a covering of dust. The fabric also allows the material to breathe.

f) Hair Dryer [2]:

When the cuffs of your cotton or wool sweaters have become stretched out, a small amount of hot water can help. Dip the cuffs in the water, and then dry with a hair dryer. This remedy will not work on cuffs that contain elastic, spandex, or another fiber that stretches. Once a cuff loses its elasticity – it can’t be fixed in this manner.

g) Sandwich Ziploc Bag:

When putting away sweaters for the season, don’t just toss in a box. Place each sweater in a sealable plastic bag, and secure. This method of storage keeps the sweaters clean and free of moths.

h) Sandpaper:

Remove the fuzz balls on a sweater by lightly rubbing in one direction with a small patch of sandpaper. Any grit will do the trick.

i) Freezer:

It is the larvae of clothes moths that are responsible for eating your wool sweaters. To kill the larvae that you cannot see, use a freezing technique. When temperatures are below freezing, you can leave your sweaters on the porch or in an unheated garage. The cold will kill the larvae. To keep them clean, place in plastic bags while following this method.

j) Wicker Basket:

If you’re running out of places to store your sweaters, fill decorative wicker baskets with your folded sweaters.

k) Inside Out Washing:

To prevent pilling on your sweaters, wash your clothes inside out so that the exterior surfaces do not touch one another.

l) Hair Conditioner [3]:

When you’ve shrunken your favorite sweater, you might be able to bring it back to life by pouring two tablespoons of regular hair shampoo into a sink filled with cool water. The shampoo helps relax the natural fibers of the sweater. Soak the sweater in the solution for 30 minutes, and then gently squeeze out the water after removing it from the sink. Do not rinse, but instead, lay the sweater out flat on a towel, and then roll it up to absorb the excess moisture. Next, lay the sweater out flat on a dry fresh towel, and then gently stretch it back into shape. This remedy will not work on synthetic materials.

m) Dryer Sheet:

To remove the static cling from a sweater, rub down with a fresh fabric softener sheet.

n) Herbs:

To keep moths from eating at your sweaters while in storage, create sachets with dried herbs that you place into containers, closets, chests, and dresser drawers. The best moth-repelling options include lavender, sage, cloves, rosemary and thyme.


[1] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 225.
[2] Five Minute Fixes by Reader’s Digest; pg. 260.