Spring is my favorite time of year. I've spent this beautiful day in the shop with the doors flung wide. It's amazing how many folks wander in when the doors are open. This weather means that it's finally time to stow winter woolens. But before you do, please don't forget to wash your sweaters, scarves, and hats carefully before you put them away so there are no tiny holes or dark spots when you pull them out in the fall.
I've written about cleaning and storing sweaters many time before -- it's a topic that is near and dear to my heart. Your hand knit garments are precious, and they deserve to be cleaned and stored with love and care. It's easy to do, when you have the right tools. The right tools are simple - your handy washing machine or sink and lovely Eucalan.
We're celebrating Earth Day tomorrow on The Square, so it's a perfect time to get on my soap box (pardon the pun) about Eucalan. There are so many reasons to love this product! First, it works, and it's super easy to use. Eucalan is a gentle, pH balanced, biodegradable wash never ever tested on animals. Specially formulated for natural fibers, it also works beautifully on any delicate or handwash items. The lanolin content helps soften and condition the precious natural fibers in your garments and keeps hand-knits silky and static free. It also provides an invisible natural coating that makes garments better able to repel dirt when you wear them. Less dirt means less washing, which means less water used, which is good for the environment.
Another benefit of Eucalan, for both you and our planet is that Eucalan does not need to be rinsed out, thus saving a load of water. For knitters, skipping the rinse means that we handle our delicate knitted garments less. As we know from our blocking lessons, fibers are at their most vulnerable when they're wet, so we want to handle sopping sweaters as little as possible. Commercial detergents like Woolite foam up briskly (to show you how hard they're working) but you've got to rinse out all those sticky suds. It can take several rinses. With Eucalan, it's a one and done. In your machine, just soak and spin. In the sink just soak and squeeze. Don't you wish everything was this easy to keep clean!
Come by the shop during our Earth Day celebration and pick up a fresh bottle of Eucalan because you and your garments deserve it.