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How to Freshen Sweaters

author image Tammi Clements
Tammi Clements is a Los Angeles, California based fashion, and entertainment writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast communications from the University Of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her articles have appeared in Jane Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. She is currently writing her first novel, and travels the globe in her free time.
How to Freshen Sweaters
Freshen your sweaters so they are ready for winter. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images

If you have looked forward to wearing your favorite winter sweater just to find that storage has left your garment with a musty smell, you are not alone. If you want to freshen your sweater but you don't have the time or money to go to an expensive dry cleaner, freshen it at home. A quick, simple process will have your garment smelling refreshed and clean in no time.

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Step 1

Turn the sweater inside out and place it into a clothes dryer. Place a fabric softener sheet into the dryer.

Step 2

Set the dryer to the gentle cycle on the "fluff" setting -- air only, no heat, as heat can damage some sweaters. Allow the sweater to fluff in the dryer for approximately 10 minutes.

Step 3

Remove the sweater from the dryer and set it aside.

Step 4

Pour 2 cups warm water, 1/4 cup liquid fabric softener and 1 teaspoon baking soda into a large spray bottle. Shake until thoroughly blended.

Step 5

Spray the sweater lightly with the contents of the spray bottle. This mixture acts as a homemade fabric freshener, removing any lingering musty odors.

Step 6

Lay the sweater flat and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes, to allow the sweater to air dry.

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