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• Always wash woollen garments in lukewarm water. Never in hot or cold water.
• Crush and soak 'reetha' seeds, overnight. Make a frothy solution by rubbing the pieces with hand in the "morning. Soak the woollens in this solution and rub gently. If the coloured garments bleed, add a teaspoon of salt or alum to the solution. This will also prevent the woollen garments from shrinking. Don't soak the coloured garments for long. Rinse well.
• Add a teaspoon of glycerine to the water in which woollens are washed. This prevents them from shrinking and losing their texture.
• To the last rinse, add 2 drops of ammonia or glycerine. Keep the garment soaked in the solution for about 2 minutes. The garment will shine like new.
• Never hang woollens on the clothesline or dry them in direct sunlight. Squeeze out the water gently and wrap them in a dry towel to remove excess moisture. Dry them on a flat surface on which a clean, dried towel has been spread.
• To remove wrinkles, cover the garment with damp cloth and iron lightly.
• Before sending woollen garments for dry cleaning, it is better to remove the extra dirt from the collars, cuffs and pockets. To do so, spread the garment on a flat surface, which has been lined with blotting paper. Now soak a piece of clean cloth in petrol and rub on the dirt. The dirt will leave the garment and appear on the blotting paper.
• Never pack woollens immediately after sunning them. Put naphthalene balls in between the folds. Line the steel box with a sheet of newspaper or a clean cloth. An old bedcover will also serve the purpose. Layer the bottom with dried neem, tulsi (basil) or tobacco leaves. Heavier woollens should always be stored at the bottom and the lighter ones on the top so that one can take out the lighter wollens easily at the beginning of the winter season.
• Instead of using naphthalene balls while storing woollen garments, put layers of neem leaves between the garments.
• To preserve woollens, place some camphor tablets and cloves between the folds.
• Oil stains on woollen clothes will fade if rubbed with a mixture of curd and salt. Leave the mixture on for about 10 minutes and rinse with cold water.
• Woollens kept away for a long time should be steamed for 5-10 minutes before use. This removes the odour and softens the fabric.
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