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Hand washing, a step-by-step guide

Hand washing is the best way to clean some of the most delicate items in your wardrobe, particularly knitwear, as your hands can be gentler, and using cooler water can help prevent abrasion and pilling. It may seem slightly old-fashioned, but it’s actually simpler and quicker than you’d think – we find it quite meditative…


1. If you’re washing more than one item, ensure they’re a similar colour and have the same fibre composition.

2. Turn the garment inside out.

3. Fill a basin or bucket with cool water (30 degrees will be cool to touch as our bodies are around 37 degrees).

4. Add a non-biological specialist detergent and mix to prepare the bath.

5. Submerge the garment(s), using your hands to agitate the water and detergent but avoid rubbing the fabrics together. If there are any stains, dab some extra detergent on them gently.

6. Do not allow your garment(s) to soak for more than 5 minutes.

7. Rinse well in cool water and gently squeeze or use a towel to absorb any excess (do not wring or twist, as this can damage the fibres and stretch out the garment).

8. For knitwear, reshape whilst damp and dry flat preferably on a clean towel away from direct heat and sunlight.


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