How To Wash your Winter Clothing From Home

The winter months have come and gone as quickly as the seasons change and the warmer weather is coming in again. Your winter clothes now need to go back to storage but not without a quick trip to the dry cleaner’s. While this is the best option if you don’t want to do it yourself, dry cleaning can be very expensive. A good solution to this would be to do the cleaning yourself at home.

How To Wash your Winter Clothing From Home

General Fabric Rules

The general rules about cleaning your clothes still apply. The labels on your clothes will give you the best directions on cleaning and maintaining your clothes for the next cold season. If your labels are faded or have come off, there are still some general rules you have to know. Separate your colors. Be sure to put the darks and the whites separately. Some materials like leather and suede should not be completely dipped in water so should not be machine washed or soaked as this will ruin the fabric. Remove everything from the pockets of the garments before you begin.

Waterproof material does not go into the washing machine. In most cases, the dirt can be wiped off the top material. The inner material can be dipped in water and washed in that way to get rid of sweat smells and the like. Some materials are drip-dry only and others need ironing. Be sure you know which is which by following the label instructions or getting the information online or from another trusted source. Use a dryer only when necessary and make sure you store your clothing in a cool and dry place to avoid stains, creases and dust. Leather may need protective covering so be sure to get the right covering for it.

Caring for Different Winter Clothing Fabrics

There are many fabrics we use in the winter to keep us warm like velvet, wool and down. These need to be cleaned in the right way and stored properly to avoid damaging the fabric.


In the winter, you still need to take care of your wool clothing. Do this by blotting any light stains you get on your clothes and brushing away any soil or lint that accumulates on the fabric. Hand washing should be done carefully using lukewarm water and soap if you are directed to hand-wash your clothing. If you are going to use the washing machine, use a gentle setting with cold water. As a rule, you should never use scalding hot water or bleach on woolen materials. This damages the fabric and you will not be able to wear it after a while. Hanging the woolen clothes may ruin the shape so you will need to gently wring the material and let it dry on a flat dry surface. Shape the garment while it is still wet and leave it to dry. When storing away your wool fabrics, do so by hanging the jackets on wooden hangers or folded away in a dry m=place to avoid the material being affected by mold, mildew and moths.

Winter Clothing From Home


This material is rather delicate and needs extra care. Cashmere materials need to be washed after every two or three times that you wear it. Make sure you empty all the pockets before you begin. The best option for washing the fabric is by hand in cold water. When carrying the material from the wash to the place it will dry from, make sure it is in a ball to prevent it from stretching. Since the material can stretch if you hold it up, do not hang it to dry. To dry it quickly, lay it flat and towel it dry. Store this carefully away to prevent being attacked by moths. Once this happens, your material will be ruined and you will have to get a new one. Make sure to use protective cloth for covering up the material.

Leather and Suede

Leather and suede are two materials you definitely want to take care of. They should be stored in a cool closet in protective covering. Most stains on suede can be brushed off with an appropriate brush; this is especially useful for water stains. Leather jackets should only be washed once or twice a year at most. Most stains on leather can be taken off using a damp sponge and soap. Simply wipe off the stain and carry on. For the inside of the jacket, use warm water and wet the jacket but do not soak so that the water gets to the leather from the inside. Make sure you pat dry with a dry cloth or sponge immediately after to prevent the material getting too wet. Hang it to dry and store carefully in a cool dry place.


Down is a material made from the down of bird feathers. Since this material is also very delicate, it also needs special care. Puffy down clothes like parkas should be machine washed in cold water. Do not use any bleach for washing. After you have washed, place the parka in a tumble dryer with three clean tennis balls. This will help to redistribute the feathers and maintain the parka’s shape. Make sure the coat is completely dry even if this takes several cycles before you store it t prevent the feathers from clumping together. Even as you use the tennis balls, make sure you take out the material and pull apart the clumps by hand. Make sure you do not use more detergent than you absolutely need when washing your down material.


Some velvet materials cannot be washed at home and need dry cleaning while others can simply be machine washed. Be sure to read the labels to make sure which is which. To remove any creases from the material, you will need to hang the material in a dry area. Do not iron as this will press the fibers of the fabric and ruin it. The iron may also leave an imprint on the material. When storing the velvet garment, be sure to use a padded hanger to avoid deforming the material. Do not fold your velvet garments. Use a roller to remove lint, dust and threads from the velvet. Do not press or blot the material either when removing stains.

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