How to wash your wool sweaters in the washing machine and make them look perfect

In winter we use a lot of wool garments, since it is one of the warmest and warmest fabrics that we all have in our closets. However, it is also one of the most delicate. If you want to keep them in perfect condition for a long time, take note of these tips.

Wool is a type of natural fabric that requires special care to prevent the dreaded pellets from appearing, warping, shrinking or stretching more than necessary.

Although our grandmothers have always told us that wool should be washed by hand and not in the washing machine, and in part it is true that it is the least aggressive method, today there are washing machines with special programs that respect this type of fabric.

Of course, it is important that you take into account some aspects such as:

  • Never wash your wool clothes at more than 30º.
  • Never spin above 800 revolutions per minute.

Prevents pellets from appearing

To prevent this type of fabric from rubbing with other garments during washing and the dreaded pellets from appearing, our advice is to use the mesh bags for washing delicate garments.

You can also choose to wash them on their own. In this case, to avoid wasting water and energy, use a short wash, always cold, and if you have the option to indicate the load, the better to reduce water consumption.

However, there are many tricks both so that they do not appear and to end them, beyond the blade.

Remember to close or hide any zipper or object that could damage them.

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How to avoid deforming them?

One of the main problems that we find with this type of fabric is its deformation or change in size. To avoid this, try do not twist it when removing it from the washing machine.

Likewise, to prevent its size from increasing excessively and you end up with a sweater three sizes higher do not dry it on hangers or store it on the clothesline. Our advice is to dry this type of fabric horizontally on a towel and then roll it up to remove excess water. You will see how it dries quickly and the water stays on the towel.

If you don’t want to use a towel you can always do it putting the garment on a rack directly.

If you forgot this point, there are ways to get your size back with these tricks.

Dryer yes, but with heat pump

If you are going to use a dryer later to dry your clothes, make sure it is one with heat pump that simply removes moisture from the garment at a mild temperature, in which care is assured.

Once dry, fold it up. Remember never to hang it on hangers, as they will stretch a lot.


Hand washing is also a good option for this type of fabric, although it is more tedious and we run the risk that, when draining the water, we end up rubbing the fabric excessively, deforming and damaging it.