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How To Wash A Wool Jumper & Look After It

how to wash a wool jumper and look after it

Many people get put off buying wool jumpers because they are hard to clean and look after. It’s a great shame as wool is such a wonderful fabric. Unlike synthetic fabrics wool is breathable, very warm and once it has eventually been worn out (which usually takes a long time) it is 100% biodegradable so it’s good for the environment too.

To show you that it is not that difficult to wash and care for your wool jumper we have put a little guide together to show you how to do it:

1.Don’t wash it! (or at least not very often)

The great thing about wool jumpers is that you don’t have to wash them as often as knitwear made from synthetic fibres. Wool does not stain easily and does not easily absorb aromas, making it ideal for multiple wears, therefore making it ideal for outdoor use. So if your jumper isn’t physically dirty and has no distinctive odours, there is no rush to wash it!

machine washing wool jumpers

2. Hand wash or machine wash

Always check the wash care label but if in doubt hand wash your wool jumpers. Most new washing machines have a wool hand wash cycle which is quite effective but for delicate wool jumpers especially hand knitted jumpers or jumpers made from mohair we would recommend hand wash only.

how to hand wash a wool jumper

3. How to hand wash your wool jumper

a. Soak your wool jumper in cold water a few hours before washing it. This will allow the wool fibres to become saturated and stop them from shrinking.

b. Use a detergent that is made for hand washing wool garments - these detergents prevent bobbling occuring and preserve the fibres. We recommend using Ecocover Delicate.

c. Add the correct amount of detergent and gently wash without rubbing the fibres together too much.

d. Finally rinse the jumper in cold or luke warm water in order to remove the soap.

4. How to dry your wool jumper

a. Never twist or wring wool jumpers or they will lose their shape.

b. Squeeze and press out all the water you can.

c. For non-delicate wool garments you can use a very low spin cycle in the washing machine (again check your wash care label) however for very delicate garments such as mohair or cashmere it is recommended to air dry.

d. Lie the jumper flat so it does not lose shape. Lying it on top of a towel will soak up additional moisture.

How to care for your wool jumper

folded wool sweaters

1. Fold them, don’t hang them

Never fold or hang a wool or cashmere jumper as they will lose their shape. Always fold them when storing them.

remove bobbles from knitwear with a bobble buster

2. Bobble buster

Bobbling is the result of two pieces of fabric rubbing together and can also occur with washing.

Make sure you remove the bobbles regularly. Invest in an electronic bobble remover. They are cheap and will make your jumper look new again. You can buy one from Lakeland here

brush your knitwear

3. Brush them

Remove hairs and excess lint with a soft clothes brush. You can buy one here.

comb your knitwear to get rid of bobbles

4. Comb them

For fine knitwear or cashmere you can use a cashmere comb to remove any excess bobbles. Buy can buy one here

cedar balls to keep moths away from your knitwear

5. Keep the moths away

Store your jumpers with cedar balls to ensure your knitwear is not attacked by moths. If you find moths holes in your knitwear put your jumpers in the freezer for 48 hours and then wash. This should kill the moth eggs. You can buy some here

6. Keep them dry

Before you store away your jumpers for the summer make sure they are bone dry to stop any mold or mildew occuring.

 

Health Benefits Of Indoor Plants

health benefits of indoor plants

Indoor plants don’t just make great decoration, they also have many benefits to your health. The majority of people spend most of their time inside either at work or at home. Indoor plants can help to reduce the amount of indoor polluted air, contaminated by volatile organic compounds (VOCs), that occur in an enclosed environment. VOCs can cause headaches, nausea and sore or itchy eyes, impacting your health, mood and productivity. Plants absorb the pollutants and emit oxygen, refreshing the air we breathe. The NASA Clean Air study (1989) found that plants remove up to 87% of VOCs every 24 hours .

Studies at the Agricultural University of Norway found that the presence of indoor plants decreased the incidence of dry skin, colds and sore throats. Indoor plants have also been found to improve concentration and productivity levels (Nieuwenhuis et al., 2014; Raanaas et al., 2011) and to reduce stress (Dijkstraa et al., 2008).

So which plants should you choose for a healthy, happy environment?

For the bedroom

best plants for your bedroom

Try Orchids and Succulents as they take in CO2 and release oxygen a night time, refreshing the air as you sleep. Jasmine is also recommended for the bedroom as it has been shown to reduce anxiety levels, leading to a greater quality of sleep.

For the kitchen

bamboo plant for the kitchen

The Bamboo Palm is part of the NASA’s list of the best plants that serve as air air-purifiers, particularly good at cleansing the air of benzene which can be released during use of gas, so perfect for the kitchen.

For the bathroom

snake plant for the bathroom

A Peace Lily plant adds an elegant touch to your bathroom and helps to remove any mould from the air, reducing the likelihood of damp forming. Mother-in-law’s tongue (or snake plant) is another great addition to the bathroom, one of the best for filtering formaldehyde, common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. (Image courtesy of Modernica)

For the laundry room

good indoor plants for the laundry

The Gerbera daisy is great for removing trichloroethylene, which may come home with your dry cleaning, and benzene, that comes with inks. But it does need a lot of light- 6 hours a day is recommended.

 For anywhere

benefits of plants in your home

Chinese evergreen is known as one of the easiest houseplants, thriving in low light and humid air, it helps to filter out a variety of pollutants and toxins from the air.
 

Why love linen - Benefits of wearing linen clothes

benefits of wearing linen clothing

It's no coincidence that as the weather gets warmer, linen clothing hits the shelves. There are a number of benefits to this relaxed yet elegant fabric that make it perfect for the Spring/Summer months. Not only is it a beautifully breathable material, but it's generally more sustainable than cotton and other popular threads. Here are our top five reasons for loving linen:

linen is strong and durable                                             Image Source: Hans Blomquist

1. Strength and durability
Linen is considered to be the strongest of all natural fibres, and it's even been found to get stronger with washes! It has been dated back to 8000 BC and in ancient Egypt it was used as currency, demonstrating it's strong and sturdy nature. This means that linen clothing will last for many Summer seasons to come, making it a perfect addition to any conscious, capsule wardrobe.

flax plants where linen is made from

2. It's a natural fibre with a lower environmental impact than cotton
Linen is made from the stalks of flax plants, which are resilient species that can grow in poor soils requiring very little if any fertilizer. The linen production process has been found to be significantly less water intensive than that for cotton, giving it a lower water footprint. Almost all of the flax plant can be used, and with the demand for flax seeds and oils increasing in the health food industry, there is very little to no wastage of the plants. Plus, being a natural fibre it's also biodegradable.

white linen blouse

3. Breathable and highly absorbent
As linen fibres are hollow they allow more airflow over your body than other materials. They are also highly absorbent, gaining up to 20% of their dry weight in moisture without feeling damp to touch. This makes linen perfect for sunny spells and warm getaways, helping you to keep cool and avoid embarrassing sweat patches!

4. Naturally insect repelling
Yes, you read that correctly - linen is thought to naturally repel insects like moths, so you're unlikely to find any unwanted bite marks when taking out your warm weather wardrobe!

linen is luxurious

5. It's luxurious
Flax plants must be pulled from the ground to maintain the full length of their fibres. The plants are then left in a field to soften, so that the fibres are easier to separate. Once extracted, the fibres are collected, rolled and stored for two to three months for further softening, before they are twisted and processed with a spinning technique. This lengthy process is why linen is considered to be one of the most luxurious natural fabrics, and why linen is more expensive than other materials like cotton.

We love linen so much that our latest collection is made of pure linen. Our linen collection is focused on elegant yet fuss-free staple pieces for Spring/Summer. In shades of navy and khaki, they're great additions to a classic capsule wardrobe. Click here to browse it now.

See a few of the styles here:

white linen organic cotton t-shirt

 

olive green linen dress

 

sea blue linen shirt dress

 

white oversized linen shirt