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HAND WASHING Posted on March 10th, 2015 in Style.

So, apparently not everyone hand washes their sweaters. Did you know that you can? Well, you can and I do, and i think you should too. I know, I know, who the heck has time to hand wash…most of us can barely remember to pick up our dry cleaning or have time to throw a load of laundry in the washing machine. Hand washing does take a bit of time but I swear it’s worth it. I was encouraged by some friends to create a video on this because I have been hand washing for at least 20 years now and I have some really good tricks. Although I do not do it all the time …when I do, it’s really satisfying and worth it. I feel like if I spend money on my things I have to take care of them and this is one of the ways I get my money’s worth. I also happen to get sweaty armpits and dry cleaning just doesn’t always remove the stink. #JustSaying

Added bonus: I have also have discovered that it is a meditative experience to spend time actively doing something as simple and old school as hand washing my clothes. There is a lot to be said for modern conveniences but there is also a lot of benefit from the practical effort of getting your hands involved in something and having to wait for the result in real time.

Below are links to the soap that I use and some other choices.  Let me know which ones you like and/or have tried in the past.  Happy Washing!!

1. Test the garment to make sure it can be hand washed.

2. Wash garment with wool & cashmere soap or other delicates hand wash soap.

3 Rinse with vinegar for multicolored garments, or a drop of essential oil for fragrance.

4. Dry in a salad spinner or roll in a towel to absorb excess water.

5. Lay flat to dry.

The Laundress: http://bit.ly/1eSBZQP

Toko Eco Friendly Wool Wash: http://bit.ly/1eSC8Dy 

Kookaburra Wool Wash: http://bit.ly/1eSDKxe

Eucalan Lavender Fine Fabric Wash: http://bit.ly/1eSE5QH

Planet Delicate Laundry Wash: http://bit.ly/1eSEUJ5

Wrapture Delicate Wash: http://bit.ly/1ncymNn

MIU France Plastic Pull String Salad Spinner: http://bit.ly/1migBsv 

Prepworks from Progressive CSS-1 Collapsible 4-Quart Salad Spinner: http://bit.ly/1ualHfY


Comments

  • Andrew

    I agree with you completely. I care for my cashmere and wool sweaters and because of hand washing I have been able to enjoy them year after year. You can really see, feel and smell the difference when you use a gentle cleaner. I just ordered a bottle of The Laundress on Amazon. Now I am going to snack on a fig with a dollop of Justin’s Almond Butter. I’m such a copycat. Love you Tracee

  • The_Edouble

    Great stuff TER!! You are awesome!!! I’m thinking it would probably be best to buy a separate lettuce dryer though, especially for the underwear :-) Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Memeoh

    It is so cute how excited you get about the salad dryer!!! it’s a great idea, i don’t tend to wash a lot by hand, but some good ideas here for the future!

  • Yavonkia Jenkins

    Why not just use the hand washable so setting on your machine?

  • Monika

    OMG the salad dryer is an amazing idea! I sell vintage clothing so I hand wash a lot and getting enough water out of the garment before laying to dry it is always a pain! Salad Dryer = Brilliant!

  • Freddie

    LOL! You are so funny AND informative! I learned a lot from this video. Thank you very much. I had gotten to the point of not buying clothes that had to be dry cleaned now I can! Thanks Tracee!

  • This was great!!!

  • peju

    great info, I have started handwashing also, especially my cashmere . but not only are you knowledgeable, you are so fricking funny.!

  • Audra M. Akins

    Thanks for the salad spinner tip. You need a folding rack and a sweater drying rack. Hey @Tarita look at Tracee Ellis Ross trying to show up our Tuskegee White Hall Hand Washing tricks. LOL

  • just visiting

    It’s a pretty good post. Informative and not too silly. Thanks! :-)

  • Israel

    You so fine

  • Vivo

    I have ruined so many sweaters by throwing them in the washer. I will give hand washing a try ans save myself some cash from not replacing sweaters every winter.

  • Janet Statue

    yOU ARE SO AWESOME AND BEAUTIFUL AND SO FUNNY AND THIS VIDEO TOTALLY HELPS AND YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO INFORM US ABOUT THINGS LIKE THIS BUT I AM HAPPY YOU DO. NEVER CHANGE BY THE WAY UR PERSONALITY IS VERY RARE AND UNIQUE. GOD BLESS.

  • Marinesss

    Thanks for your tips.I hate to handwash but I have no choice, lots of my clothes have handwash on the label.

  • Mindy Bennett

    Hi Tracee – Absolutely love you, you are like a best friend in my mind :) Always make me laugh.

    I wanted to mention a little “do-dad” I just stumbled across and made me think you this post… some one knocked off you salad spinner! http://www.thelaundrypod.com/ :) Definitely buying one of these!

  • HRK

    Never thought I would enjoy watching a video about hand washing so much. Your personality, the editing, and wonderful little choices like seeing the inside of the lettuce spinner really sold me. I ended up buying $70 worth of the stuff you linked. You can sell anything!

  • The salad spinner!! Hillarious yet awesome tip. I can’t try it because I don’t have one but it sure seems like a good idea. A tip that I just saw today…making an outdoor clothes hangar from pvc pipe!

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