QUICK SWEATER HACKS As seen on 3TV/Phoenix (Good Morning Arizona) – Monday, November 4, 2019 (8:45am) & Saturday, November 9, 2019 (8:45am)

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HANGING SWEATERS – YOU HAVE TO SEE TO BELIEVE!

We all know that if you hang your sweaters you end up with it stretching and those nasty shoulder dimples sticking up.

This folding hack will put a stop to that and also clear out drawer space where your sweaters used to be.

First lay your sweater flat and smooth it out.  Fold the sweater in half vertically so that the sleeves are stacked on top of one another.  Place your hanger so that the hook portion is between the sweater body and arms.

Fold the body of the sweater over the hanger and tuck underneath the bottom of the hanger.  Repeat with the sleeves.  

Many times I will hang my cami or other garment that I wear under the sweater right through the bar with the sweater.

That’s all.  Easy and done.   Now you can hang your sweaters up without worrying about damaging them.  It’s so much easier to pick out a sweater when you can easily see them.

CASHMERE

 Cashmere should be cared for as you would care for your hair.  Hand wash it in cool water with a good squirt of shampoo.  Gently squeeze the suds through it and then squeeze it out but don’t wring.  Put into a rinse of cool water and again squeeze it rather than wringing.  Do a second rinse of clear cool water.  Gently squeeze out the water you can and then roll in a towel to remove as much water as you can.  Reshape and dry flat out of the sunlight.

BLENDS

 These are sweaters with cotton, polyester and other fibers.  If they say “washable” on the care label here is what to do.  Turn them inside out and wash in cool water on a gentle cycle in the washer.  Dry as indicated on the care tag.  If you put them in the dryer, leave them wrong side out until you fold them.

EMBELLISHED 

Sweaters that are washable with beading, sequins, etc. on them need special care.  Always hand wash these and if you have a “hand wash” feature on your washing machine, put the sweater, turned to the wrong side, in a delicate or lingerie bag.  Use a gentle detergent and a liquid fabric softener.  Dry according to directions.

KEEPING WOOL ITCH-FREE

 Many times sweaters containing wool can be itchy when it comes into contact with skin.  To eliminate this issue wash as directed on the care label but use a rinse containing a few tablespoons of glycerin.  Find glycerin in the hand cream section at the drug store.  This will keep the garment soft and prevent itching.

FRESHENING SWEATERS:  If you want to freshen a sweater without washing or taking it to the dry cleaner, try Woolite Dry Cleaners Secret or Dryel.  It is used in the clothes dryer to freshen the sweater.  It is not an actual cleaner or stain remover, but it will help you get more wear out of clothes.  Use according to directions and buy at places like Walmart,  Walgreens and Target and Amazon.

PILLS ON YOUR SWEATER:  Use an inexpensive razor to gently shave off the unsightly pills.

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