How to make woolen things softer: effective ways

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Wool can be softened at home

Natural wool is an extremely warm material. However, it is not comfortable for everyone. Many people complain that woolen sweaters "bite". Thus, they refuse to buy such a wonderful addition to their winter wardrobe. In fact, there are several ways to make wool softer.

To reduce irritation from this material, you will need mostly improvised means that can be found if not at home, then in the nearest store. OBOZ.UA has collected some effective life hacks.

Mustard powder

This product has been used to soften wool for centuries. Soaking with hot mustard helps to make the material more pleasant to the body. To prepare a solution of the desired concentration, take a bowl, fill it with warm water, and dissolve two tablespoons of mustard powder in it. Leave the woolen garment in this liquid for an hour, then rinse it, wring it out gently, lay it out on a horizontal surface to drain, and dry it. This life hack may not be suitable for light-colored items as mustard can leave stains.

Soda and ammonia

Another effective soak that can make wool softer is made from 10 liters of warm water, one teaspoon of baking soda, and five drops of ammonia. All ingredients must be thoroughly mixed so that the baking soda is completely dissolved. Soak the item in this liquid for 30-40 minutes and then rinse it with cold water.

Vinegar and salt

Vinegar is one of the most effective remedies for reducing the "biting" of wool. The excipient in the solution is table salt. Take one teaspoon of 9% vinegar and salt per 5 liters of cool water. The item is immersed in this solution, rinsed in it and left for 30 minutes. The treatment is completed by rinsing the fabric under running water at room temperature.


Glycerin works on wool as effectively as vinegar but does not give a specific odor. For each liter of warm water, add 1 teaspoon of the product, mix thoroughly and soak woolen items in the solution for the same 30 minutes. Finish the treatment by rinsing.

Steaming with citric acid

Water vapor can also soften sweaters, especially if you use acidified water for the procedure. You'll need an iron or a garment steamer, a large piece of gauze or other fabric that is larger than the garment, and citric acid. Lay the sweater or other item with wool on the ironing board and set the iron to wool. Prepare a citric acid solution by adding one pinch of the substance to a liter of water. Soak a gauze in this solution and wring it out well. Cover the item you want to soften with the damp gauze and gently, without pressing, iron it. The acidified water should turn into steam and penetrate deep into the fabric fibers. When you have treated the item on one side, turn it over and repeat the procedure on the other.

Hair shampoo and conditioner

Cosmetics for dry hair or hair that is prone to split ends soften the wool perfectly. Shampoo for animals with long hair also has an excellent effect. Add a tablespoon of shampoo to a bowl of warm water, rinse the woolen item in this solution, and then take it out, squeeze out the water, and apply hair conditioner to the fabric. Leave the product on for 5 minutes, then rinse and dry the woolen item.


Exposure to cold is one of the best ways to soften a biting fabric. At low temperatures, the tips of the villi, which cause itching, fall off, and the material becomes much more pleasant. Wrap the woolen item in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for a day. Then take the item out, let it thaw and dry. Freezing also kills moth larvae.

Subscribe to OBOZ.UA on Telegram and Viber to keep up with the latest events.

Other News

What to replace foil in the kitchen with: clever tricks

What to replace foil in the kitchen with: clever tricks

You can use the following materials
What tomatoes are best for growing in a greenhouse and canning: varieties

What tomatoes are best for growing in a greenhouse and canning: varieties

The right variety will ensure the best harvest