How to Wash Sweaters by Hand

Washing your sweaters by hand is a great way to get them clean and fresh without the risk of stretching or shrinking them in the washing machine. While it takes a bit of time, washing them by hand with a gentle detergent can extend the life of your sweaters and help them maintain their shape, making it well worth the effort.[1]
[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Setting Up Your Washing Station
Separate the sweaters by color if you’re washing more than one. Dark-colored dyes can bleed a bit when you’re hand-washing, so you’d likely have to change the water before moving on to the light colors if you washed the darks first.[2] Therefore, if you’re hand-washing more than one sweater and the sweaters vary in color, separate them into two piles – one for light colors and one for dark. That way, once you’re ready to wash, you’ll already have them separated so you can easily wash the light-colored pile first.[3]
In most cases, you’ll be able to use the same wash set-up for all the sweaters as long as you wash the light colors first.
Turn the sweater(s) that you’re washing inside-out. Before hand-washing your sweater, reach up into the sweater and pull the sleeves through to flip it so that the inside is facing out. This will minimize friction while you wash, keeping the outside of the sweater from pilling.[4]
If you’re hand-washing more than one sweater, repeat this for all of the sweaters you’re washing.
Fill up a clean sink with room temperature water. First, wipe down your sink with an all-purpose cleaning wipe or spray and a paper towel. Rinse the sink with water to remove any cleaner residue. Then, fill the sink with room temperature water.[5]
While warm water tends to be more effective at removing stains, it could make the dyes in your sweater bleed or cause the sweater to shrink after you wash.[6]
You can also use a shallow plastic or enamel wash basin.[7]
Add about of a gentle detergent to the water. Pour of low-alkaline laundry detergent or baby shampoo into the filled sink or wash basin. Swish the detergent around in the water until it’s combined and the water is sudsy.[8]
While you can measure, the amount of detergent doesn’t need to be precise here – you’ll just need enough detergent so that the water gets sudsy.
If you’re washing a particularly large or thick sweater, or multiple sweaters, you can add a bit more detergent, about .[9]
Low-alkaline detergents and baby shampoo are gentler on fabrics than high-alkaline detergents. Therefore, it’s particularly important that you choose a low-alkaline detergent when hand-washing cashmere, wool, or any other delicate fabric.[10]
Mix in white vinegar if you want to neutralize odors. If the sweater(s) you’re washing smell as a result of perspiration, stains, or any other reason, mix of white vinegar into the detergent water. Swish the vinegar around until it’s combined.[11][Edit]Cleaning Your Sweaters
Place one sweater in the soapy water and swirl it around. First, push the sweater down into the water to make sure that it’s completely submerged. Then, use your hands to gently swirl it around in the water in a circular motion for about 2 minutes.[12]
Make sure that you don’t pull, tug, or rub the fabric together, as this can cause the sweater to lose its shape.[13]
If you’re washing more than one sweater, make sure that you start with a light-colored sweater first.[14]
Leave the sweater to soak for 5 to 10 minutes. This will give the detergent time to seep into the fabric and break down any stains. If the sweater is particularly dirty or has a stubborn stain, you may want to gently swish it around every so often to stir up the detergent.[15]
Remove the sweater from the water and squeeze out the excess water. After letting it soak, lift the sweater out of the water and hold it over the sink or washbasin. Ball or roll it up loosely, then squeeze it very gently to remove some of the excess water.[16]
Make sure that you don’t twist the sweater to wring it out, as this can stretch it out.[17][Edit]Drying the Sweaters
Roll the sweater in a clean towel to start to dry. Lay out a clean towel on a flat surface. Then, lay the sweater on top of the towel, making sure that it doesn’t hang over the sides of the towel anywhere. Starting at the top, slowly roll the towel with the sweater inside. Press down lightly on the roll to get the towel to absorb more water, then slowly unroll the towel and sweater back open.[18]
At this point, if the towel has gotten really soaked, you may want to replace it with a dry towel to speed up the drying process.
Leave the sweater to dry completely. If the sweater appears wrinkly at all, use your hand to smooth out it out as much as possible. Then, leave the sweater to lay on the towel until its completely dry and ready to be worn.[19]
If you’re washing more than one sweater, you can start repeating this process to wash another sweater while the first sweater is drying.[20]
Instead of a towel, you can also lay the sweater out to dry on a drying rack.
Fluff the sweater in the dryer if the fabric is dryer-safe. First, check the tag of the sweater to make sure that the fabric is dryer-safe. If it is, you can use the dryer to finish drying the sweater and fluff it up. To do this, keep the sweater inside-out and put it in the dryer on a low spin, low heat cycle to keep it from shrinking. Let it tumble dry for a few minutes, depending on how damp it was when you put it in.[21]
Generally, sweaters made out of cotton, acrylic, polyester, and linen are dryer-safe.
Use a steamer to remove any wrinkles. Once the sweater is dry, you can use a steamer to remove any wrinkles left from the hand-washing process. To steam the sweater, hang it up on a hanger or lay it out on a flat surface. Then, run the steamer down the sweater in long strokes, making sure that you put the steamer on the right fabric setting.[22]
If you steamed the sweater on a hanger, you’ll likely want to remove it from the hanger after so that the sweater doesn’t get any shoulder bump indentions from the hanger.[23][Edit]Thing’s You’ll Need
Sink or shallow washbasin
Water
Low-alkaline detergent or baby shampoo
White vinegar (optional)
Flat surface for drying
Clean towel(s)
Drying rack (optional)
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Today in History for 8th December 2019

Historical Events

1864 – James Clerk Maxwell’s paper “A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field” is 1st read by the Royal Society in London (published by the Royal Society 1865)
1936 – Anastasio Somoza García elected President of Nicaragua
1955 – 21st Heisman Trophy Award: Howard Cassady, Ohio State (HB)
1956 – Guy Mitchell’s “Singing the Blues” single goes #1 for 10 weeks
1961 – South Africa v NZ, Durban debuts for Eddie Barlow and Peter Pollock
1984 – Europe and 64 developing countries sign Lome III treaty

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Famous Birthdays

1699 – Maria Josepha of Austria, Queen consort of Poland (1734-57), born in Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria (d. 1757)
1887 – Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuelan composer, born in Guatire, Miranda state, Venezuela (d. 1974)
1903 – Irene Eisinger, German-British singer, born in Cosel, German Empire (d. 1994)
1905 – Ernst Hermann Meyer, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1988)
1940 – Brant Alyea, American baseball player
1947 – Thomas R. Cech, American chemist, Nobel laureate

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Famous Deaths

1625 – Christina of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen consort of Sweden as the wife of King Charles IX, dies at 52
1744 – Marie-Anne de Mailly-Nesle, duchess de Châteauroux, French mistress of King Louis XV of France, dies at 28
1957 – Reginald Sheffield, British actor (Suspicion, Of Human Bondage, Second Chance), dies at 56
1990 – Martin Ritt, American actor and director (The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, Slugger’s Wife, End of the Game), dies at 76
2004 – “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, American heavy metal guitarist (Pantera) is shot and killed by crazed fan Nathan Gamble while performing on stage at 38
2013 – Don Mitchell, American actor, dies at 70

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How to Wear Lace Up Boots

Lace up boots are all the rage right now in fashion and the media. You may have seen your friends, celebrities, or even models wearing different types of lace up boots. If you have a pair of your own but you aren’t sure how to wear them, try wearing them with skinny jeans or even a pair of leggings to find a style that works for you.

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Putting on Lace Up Boots
Add tall socks to your boots for a pop of color. If your boots are black or brown and you’d like to throw in a pop of color on top of them, wear tall socks that will peak between your boots and pants. If you want to keep a classic look, opt for neutral and toned-down colors, like black, white, or beige.[1]
Some stores sell socks that are specifically made for boots. These are usually thicker and will be easier to pull out of the top of your shoes.
Tie your boots tightly for a comfortable walking shoe. Lace up boots are used for fashion and function. If you want to take a hike in your boots or are planning a long walk, make sure that your boots are tied snugly and fit on your feet well. This will cause less strain on your feet over time.[2]
Keep your shoelaces loose for a relaxed look. Some boots have shoelaces that can be tied loosely or not at all and still stay on your feet. If you want to look relaxed and fashionable, keep your shoelaces loose and your boots slightly floppy when you wear them.[3][Edit]Styling Flat Lace Up Boots
Look casual by pairing your boots with relaxed fitting jeans. Jeans that are loose fitting imply a more laid-back style. Pair your lace up boots with a relaxed or loose fitting pair of jeans that you can cuff at the bottom to emphasize your shoe.[4]
Pair your boots with skinny jeans for a chic, stream-lined look. If you want to look put-together and stylish, skinny jeans are the way to go. Pair your boots with a dark-wash skinny jean that will compliment the rest of your outfit.[5]
You can tuck your skinny jeans into your boots, or let them bunch up at the top.
Dress up your boots with a midi skirt and tights. If you are going to an event or just feel like adding some pizzazz to your outfit, you can pair your lace up boots with a midi skirt and tights for a more polished, dressed-up outfit. Try wearing a floral dress with a black or brown pair of boots, or add a pop of color to a neutral dress with boots that have a bright color.[6]
Sheer black tights are a subtle way to dress up your outfit, while tights with a pattern will call attention to your legs.[Edit]Styling High-Heeled Lace Up Boots
Wear your boots with a dress and tights for semi-formal events. Heeled lace up boots can be paired with a dress if you’re going somewhere that calls for a little more formality. Add a pair of tights to elevate your outfit and make it formal enough to wear to weddings, dances, and parties while still allowing for the comfort of a boot.[7]
Style your boots with loose fitting jeans for a high fashion look. Lace up boots with skinny heels look the best with relaxed fitting jeans. Add a chunky handbag or a large scarf to complete your oversized look.[8]
Wearing oversized clothing can overwhelm your frame if you are petite.
Create a sleek look by pairing your boots with skinny jeans. The contrast between the chunky wedges and the sleek, straight line of skinny jeans creates a dynamic outline that you’ll look great in! Choose a dark-wash pair of skinny jeans to go with neutral lace up boots that have a wedge heel.[9]
Elongate your legs with high-waisted jeans. Heeled boots are going to add length to your legs, but if you want your legs to look even longer, pairing your high heel lace up boots with high-waisted jeans will do just that. Choose jeans that go up to your belly button and wear them with your lace up boots.[10]
Accentuate your waist by tucking in your shirt or adding a belt to your jeans.[Edit]Picking Outfits for Lace Up Knee High Boots
Emphasize your legs by wearing a midi dress or skirt. Midi dresses and skirts hit at mid thigh, which means your legs and your boots will be accentuated. Wear your lace up knee high boots with a dress or skirt to events where you want to look both casual and stylish, like birthday parties or housewarming get-togethers.[11]
Knee high boots with midi dresses and skirts are not quite formal enough for very fancy events.
Pair your knee high lace up boots with jeans to cover up. If you like the look of knee high lace up boots but you don’t want to show off a ton of leg, pull them on over a pair of your favorite skinny jeans. Your boots will still accentuate your legs, but you’ll stay covered up.[12]
Show off your boots while staying warm by wearing an overcoat. If it’s the winter time but you still want to use your boots to make a statement, pair them with a large overcoat that stops just above the top of your boots. People will still be able to see them as you walk, and it will be the first thing they notice as they see you.[13]
Try to get an overcoat that isn’t the same exact color as your boots, or it could wash you out.
Mix comfort and fashion by wearing your boots over leggings. Lace up boots are great to pull on over tight-fitting leggings. Wear patterned leggings with neutral colored boots, or mix it up and add a pop of color with a bright pair of lace up boots.[14]
Wear an oversized scarf or sweater to stay cozy and complete your look.[Edit]Tips
Try on your outfits in front of a full-length mirror so you can see yourself from head to toe.[Edit]References↑ https://www.babble.com/style/10-ways-to-wear-ankle-boots-and-tips-to-keep-those-outfits-balanced/

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