I’m completely obsessed with cute woolly accessories.
On winter days you’ll usually find me wearing a thick scarf, gloves and sometimes a beanie or earmuffs; then, when I get home, it’s all about ugg boots. But recently it occurred to me that I, um… never actually wash these garments, even though I wear them almost every day. Look, I do wash all my other clothes – I’ve just never thought of doing the same with my scarves. And I know I’m not alone in this.
I consulted Shannon Lush, author of Spotless A-Z, for an expert opinion on all things winter cleanliness.
1. Do you need to wash your winter accessories?
The short answer is: yes, of course you do, you grot. Shannon actually laughed when I asked this question.
“Everything that you wear needs to be washed or laundered in some way, because otherwise you’re shedding dead skin on it all the time, and that’s rotting protein. So it has to be removed, otherwise it breeds infection,” she says.
Well, if the words ‘rotting protein’ won’t convince you to wash your favourite scarf, nothing will.
The situation is even worse in winter, as you might be sneezing, coughing and snuffling into your scarf or other people might be sneezing around you. “Lots of people don’t think about it, though, it’s just one of those things that often gets slid to the side,” Shannon adds.
Watch: Three easy ways to wear a scarf… after you’ve washed it, of course. (Post continues after video.)
2. How often do you need to wash them?
Shannon recommends washing scarves, beanies or gloves once a week, especially if you’re wearing them a lot. As for your ugg boots, it depends on a few factors: “how often you wear them, how grotty your feet are, are you sweaty in them – all those kinds of things,” she says.
3. How do you wash them?
That depends on what they’re made of. Here are Shannon’s recommendations: