Using wool cycle on front load washing machine

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My front load washing machine (about 1 year old) has a wool cycle. My Mom is moving in with me and I just brought 2 plastic storage containers of her sweaters to my house that are mostly all wool. I want to wash them but have never washed wool before. Has anyone used this cycle and have some advise before I start the process? Some websites say to use Dawn detergent. Is that ok to put in the laundry detergent compartment? How much would I need? Don't want a suds attack! I have some drying racks I can use to lay them flat to dry after washing. Really don't want the expense of the dry cleaners. Thanks for your help!
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  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Sep 11, 2013
    check out this page...She seems to know what she is doing. http://www.fuzzygalore.biz/articles/wash_sweater.shtml

  • Kathleen Kathleen on Sep 11, 2013
    Thanks...I had read her info but she talks about a top load machine and I have a front load with a wool cycle.

  • IN a front loader you will use half as much. I would try one sweater with a little dawn in the soap dispenser in the machine and see what it does. One sweater disaster is better than a whole load. I have washed antique quilt and a wool blanket in my front loader and had no problem.

  • Kathleen Kathleen on Sep 11, 2013
    Thanks for the comments - how much do you think is a little?

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    • Kathleen Kathleen on Sep 11, 2013
      @The Garden Frog with C Renee I will try a couple tonight. Will need to do a little at a time anyway so the 3 drying racks can be used for each batch. I think I'll try the ones that I know were not quite as expensive as some she has. Thanks for you help.

  • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on Sep 11, 2013
    You could also use Woolite, which works wonderfully well on these type of delicates and in cold water.

  • Before you use anything or even attempt to do this. Read the instructions that come with the machine. You cannot simply put in or adjust amounts of cleaners and expect them to work or not ruin the materials you are trying to clean. If you do so your doing this at your own risk. The manufacture if you do not have the directions normally have a web site or hot line where you can call and they can tell you exactly how to properly clean and care for wool products in their machines.

    • Kathleen Kathleen on Sep 12, 2013
      @Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com I have checked the manual - very little info provided. Even checked LG's website. They don't help much.

  • They should have a hot line number that you can call. I have LG units and I know my wife has called them in the past.

  • Kathleen Kathleen on Sep 13, 2013
    I check the book for contact info

  • Kathleen Kathleen on Sep 26, 2013
    Just thought I would add an update. Just this morning I finished washing the last batch of sweaters. The ones that were wool I buttoned or zipped up so that they wouldn't stretch out of shape. Then added them to the front load washer 3 at a time - mostly because that was the amount of drying racks I have but also because it says not to add to much weight at once, added a little under 1/8 of a cup of regular (not concentrated) Dawn dish wash detergent into the detergent dispenser and used the wool cycle. The wool cycle automatically comes up set as they recommend for spin and with a warm water cycle. Dried them flat on net racks - came out beautiful with no stretching or shrinking. Love that wool cycle ! saved a lot of dry cleaning charges....

  • Renee Baele Milburn Renee Baele Milburn on Mar 08, 2015
    Thank you so much Kathleen for posting the finale of your wool washing project. So many times you never know the end of the story.