Thanks for the response guys. The problem I have is that the washing machine in my apartment does not spit out warm water, even when I have the dial set to warm. I figured that doing it in the washing machine would be the best place. Otherwise, I could always do it in my bathroom sink. Warm water is not a problem there. In terms of shampoo, I use Herbal Essence...so I might just stick to Woolite or this Fine Fabric detergent from Target. Because this is just a rented apartment and I am away at college, I am not sure I trust this wash machine enough to wash my sweater on a gentle cycle (although the units are only 2 years old so everything is pretty new). I think I might just stick to washing it in my sink with lukewarm water and use Woolite. I didn't think about steaming it, but if you think it's necessary I can try it on a small inconspicuous spot afterwards.