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Winter laundry basics

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Brrr, it’s chilly! Yes, it’s definitely time for your sweaters to make an appearance. Wondering how to ensure they look great all winter long? Read on …

Gorgeous wool sweaters, cosy cardigans, lovely thick jackets – this is the season for all of your winter favourites to come out of hiding. To ensure they do so in style – and keep you warm, and stay soft and fresh – here are a few of our top winter laundry tips and tricks:

Look after your cosy jumpers

Your fluffiest, cosiest, cuddliest sweaters, jumpers and woolies are the trusted friends you need during winter. But temperature changes paired with the friction your clothes experience when you live your best winter life can be hard wearing, and even lead to snags and pilling. To make sure your cosy companions are always in prime winter shape, take a bit of additional care when you wash them.

First of all, wash your favourites by hand and, when doing so, swirl them around gently – never twisting or kneading them. If you’re short on time, there’s nothing wrong with using the washing machine, just make sure to select the gentlest cycle, such as the one specifically designed for wool, and use a mild detergent.

Top tip: SA8 Delicate laundry detergent is suitable for both machine and hand washing. And since it uses biodegradable cleaning agents, it will protect the fibres of your winter favourites.

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Don’t forget the hats and scarves

Not only do they keep your head, neck and fingers warm, but hats, scarves, mittens and gloves are a wonderful way to accessorise and bring a pop of colour to the winter season. To ensure they always look their best, it’s particularly important to give your coloured items a bit of extra love.

When washing your winter accessories – particualrly if they’re colourful – turn them inside-out and don’t overload the washing machine with too many other items. Since colours are prone to fading in high heat, while certain winter materials shrink if they get too hot, wash them in cold water. And, to prevent them from getting tangled and stretched, use a special bag for delicates.

Top tip: All SA8 liquid detergents are effective at temperatures as low as 15°C but for optimal results, choose SA8 Color as it was specifically designed to be tough on stains while providing effective colour protection.

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Stay fresh while staying active

In the winter, the world takes on its own charm, beckoning you to get outside and explore … in your warmest jacket or coat, of course. So, no matter if you’re strolling through a frost-kissed forest, walking through town or speeding down a rugged mountain, you are bound to work up a sweat. For this reason, the best way to keep your winter gear looking and smelling fresh is to put it through the wash once or twice throughout the season.

Simply select the gentlest and coldest cycle on your washing machine and use a small amount of detergent. Take care to wring out excess water, without squeezing too hard, and then place your jacket or coat into the dryer on the lowest setting possible (unless the washing instructions say otherwise), with dryer balls to help get its cosy fluffiness back.

Top tip: For best results when dealing with winter jackets, use SA8 Liquid Concentrated Laundry Detergent or SA8 Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent for Coloured and Black Clothes depending on what colour they are. Both of them perform well at lower temperatures, are suitable for all fabrics, and don’t leave behind harmful residue. Not to mention that their formula is highly concentrated, so you only need a small amount to ensure your winter clothes will look like new.

Protect your fleece

Fleece is a magical fabric that keeps you feeling warm and toasty, even when the temperatures plummet, thanks to its specific moisture-wicking textile design. However, this special ability also requires a bit of special laundry treatment. So, when washing your fleece jackets, and thermal gear, be sure to use a cool wash on a gentle setting and under no circumstances add any softener. Doing so can prevent the active fabrics from wicking moisture correctly, and you certainly don’t want that.

Top tip: For tough stains , pre-soak your clothes in SA8 All Fabric Bleach or add it to the drum as a detergent booster.

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