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Keep your winter clothes and gear clean with these simple tips!

In most areas of the country, it’s time to get out those heavy coats and sweaters! If you aren’t doing the great clothing switch, count yourself lucky. Also, can we visit? 😉

 

To keep your winter clothes and gear clean, there are a few things to remember. Here’s some tips we’ve rounded up to make your life easier this winter and keep your clothes looking great. 

Remember, when it comes to your winter weather gear, it doesn’t need to be washed after every wear unless it’s really dirty. When you do wash your clothes, we always recommend our Homage360+ for keeping your clothing looking great all year long! Find it and our other products here

For down or puffy winter coats

  1. Check labels to make sure it can go in the washing machine
  2. Zip all the zippers and empty the pocket
  3. Launder on normal or gentle cycle and normal spin
  4. For a top loading washer: be sure to submerge the coat when the washer is half full and balance the load by adding a few similarly colored towels. Note- If you have a front loader, you’re good. No need to stop the cycle. 
  5. Run the coats through a second wash cycle with no soap to make sure all residual detergent has rinsed completely.
  6. When drying, tumble dry on low with a few wool dryer balls or clean tennis balls stuffed in socks to help break up any clumps in the coat’s filling.

For wool coats

Use a lint or suede brush after wearing them to remove surface soil and lint. For stains, blot the area with cold water or club soda using paper towels or a soft cloth. Hang them on wood hangers so their weight doesn't stretch the shoulder area of your coat. Dry clean at the beginning and end of the winter season to help them stay gorgeous for years to come.

For snow gloves

  1. Check labels
  2. Pretreat any stains 
  3. Place gloves in mesh bag and wash on gentle cycle in cold water
  4. Hang to dry or tumble dry on low

For leather gloves

Wipe clean with a damp cloth when dirty. Once a season, get your leather gloves dry cleaned.

 Sweater care

First, don’t hang sweaters. It stretches them out and can leave bumps in your shoulders from the hangers. Instead, store in drawers or on shelves, folded. The best thing for natural fibers is always to store them in or with cedar. If you have a cedar lined closet, you know how amazing they are for storing things like wool and cashmere! If you don’t have this luxury, you can get cedar sachets and blocks almost anywhere for use in your closet and drawers. 

When washing wool or cashmere sweaters- 

Hand washing is generally the way to go with delicate sweaters. Be sure to use a detergent that is gentle enough for the delicate fibers, or is specifically made for use on cashmere and wool.

Don’t wash your sweaters as often as you wash your other shirts. If possible, try to wear an undershirt when wearing cashmere to help prevent your sweaters needing to be washed as often. 

There are mixed feelings on dry cleaning your wool and cashmere clothing. Our rule? Do what feels best for you!

We hope these tips will help you keep your winter clothes and gear looking great throughout the fall and winter seasons. When it comes to the best gentle detergent for washing your clothes and killing any germs that may be lingering, Homage360 is your best bet!

Did you know our best selling scent, White Tea & Ginger is back in stock? It’s perfect for these cold days when you’re craving cozy scents.
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