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What kind of cleaning agent does one use when hand washing? Is regular laundry soap ok or should I use something gentler? I have heard that for sweaters one should use baby shampoo.  Is this true? Also if anyone has any hints on actual washing instructions I would be glad to hear them. Thanks, Josh
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What kind of cleaning agent does one use when hand washing? Is regular laundry soap ok or should I use something gentler? I have heard that for sweaters one should use baby shampoo.  Is this true? Also if anyone has any hints on actual washing instructions I would be glad to hear them. Thanks, Josh
I thought this was going to be a thread about how to wash your hands. For sweaters, I use Woolite soap. Very gentle. This can also be used for delicate shirts. Regular laundry soap can be used for most shirts, or you might prefer to use Woolite. Either is fine. There are also several detergents on the market designed for dark colors, to prevent excessive fading. You might want to try these. Usually when I hand-wash a garment, I'll fill a large bucket with warm (80 degree) water, and add the soap. Gently swirl the garment in the water, and gently rub areas that accumulate the most dirt (cuffs, collar, armpits). I often will let the item soak for another 5 minutes or so, then remove and rinse in cold water. Several items can be washed using the same bucket of water. Just be careful of colors. I'll wash a white shirt first, then a blue shirt, and then last I'll do a red shirt, for instance.
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I thought this was going to be a thread about how to wash your hands. For sweaters, I use Woolite soap.  Very gentle.  This can also be used for delicate shirts. Regular laundry soap can be used for most shirts, or you might prefer to use Woolite.  Either is fine. There are also several detergents on the market designed for dark colors, to prevent excessive fading.  You might want to try these. Usually when I hand-wash a garment, I'll fill a large bucket with warm (80 degree) water, and add the soap.  Gently swirl the garment in the water, and gently rub areas that accumulate the most dirt (cuffs, collar, armpits).  I often will let the item soak for another 5 minutes or so, then remove and rinse in cold water. Several items can be washed using the same bucket of water.  Just be careful of colors.  I'll wash a white shirt first, then a blue shirt, and then last I'll do a red shirt, for instance.
Careful with the woolite as it has a tendency to make colors run. JJF <----- who also thought this was about washing your hands, and wondered first why you would use laundry soap
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Sorry I should have made it a little clearer Now that I re-read it I see where you could get a little confused.
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use woolite or zero or any hand washable detergent regular detergent will likely will be too harsh on the delicate items baby shampoo does work well with fine knits and things like cashmere if you're washing in cold water, make sure you use a cold water detergent for handwashables or gentle cycle machine use given most regular detergents are only activated by the minimum temperature of warm water i used to wash a lot of things by hand and then one day, when i was lazy i suppose, i turned to the gentle cycle of my new washing machine and i can recommend that as an alternative - i put everything from cashmere sweaters to my zimmerli underwear into the gentle wash cycle and not one problem to date
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Well, y'all are gonna think I am nuts... Oh wait, y'all already figured that out a long time ago. Jill and I spend a lot of time talking about topics like this (exciting household) and a while back I was generally bitching because my silk sweaters (love'm under a sportcoat' would get stiff after washing. I use shampoo for the cleaning and get this... in the rinse water I've started to use a bit of conditioner to restore the lustre and natural oils. The stuff that works best? Mane and Tail - you can get that at Wal Mart. I once found that using that stuff on my spoiled rotten horses left my hands baby soft and wellllll... it works on human hair, sheep hair and goat hair. Any time you find yourself wondering "Has anyone ever been weird enough to try X"?? to fix a laundry issue holler at me, I probably have.
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