Taking the Itch Out of a Wool Sweater

By donna napolitan 12 6

How do I eliminate the "itchiness" of a wool shirt? My son has a beautiful wool shirt with elbow patches on the sleeves, but it's so itchy he won't wear it. Even with a t-shirt under it, he says the collar itches his neck.

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It was sort of expensive and brand new, so I'd like to see him get some use out of it. Can I soak it in something to make it less itchy? I wonder if a dry-cleaner might know how to solve the problem? I hate to use harsh chemicals, as my son's skin is pretty sensitive. Thanks for any ideas.

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By mcw 80 1,750 Flag

January 7, 2010

Your son just might have a wool allergy.

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By WoollyLamb 1 Flag

January 8, 2010

Hi Donna

Best way is to wash the shirt/sweater gently in a wool-wash detergent and then rinse in a fabric conditioner.

If this fails and the product is still itchy, then I suggest you drop a line to the manufacturer. He has used a wool which isn't suitable to the product - ie too coarse and therfore not 'fit-for-purpose' . The right wool wouldn't itch!

Hope the conditioner works!

Kind Regards

WoollyLamb

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thr522587 Flag

January 13, 2010

I love wool but I am allergic to it (and even cashmere) and gave up trying to wear it decades ago because no amount of layering underneath, Woolite, etc. helped :-(

I know it's new and expensive but maybe you should consider donating to someone else :-(

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By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

January 14, 2010

Some people just can't wear wool, no matter how lovely. If he can't wear something underneath, than perhaps you will have to re-gift it or donate it to the thrift store. If it is a shirt, perhaps he could wear a turtle neck sweater underneath so that none of the shirt would touch his skin. If that doesn't work, give it away.

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