Wash winter fabrics in your Samsung washing machine

Winter fabrics in wicker basket with Samsung washing machine in the background

One of the best things about winter weather is cozying up by the fire with soft, plush, and warm winter fabrics. Whether you have a favorite fleece blanket, a down comforter, or a new faux fur coat, it’s important to know how to wash and care for your winter fabrics. For example, you should always use Delicate or Gentle cycles on your washing machine, so your sheets, blankets, and sweaters remain soft and comfortable throughout the chilly winter months. To help you out, we’ve included some tips for washing five popular winter fabrics: flannel, down, faux fur, fleece, wool, and cashmere.

Flannel items

Flannel shirts and blankets are among the most popular for winter, as this fabric is insulating and will keep you feeling toasty. Review our tips for washing your flannel items:

  • Always use a Delicate or Gentle cycle to avoid unnecessary friction.

  • Cool or warm water is recommended. Hot water may cause flannel to shrink.

  • Avoid liquid fabric softeners, as these may leave a stiff residue on the fabric.

  • If your flannel items are rough after the wash and rinse cycle, you can run another rinse cycle. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the additional rinse cycle to soften the fabric.

Assorted Flannel shirts
  • It’s best to air-dry your flannel. This will prevent accidental shrinking. You can use a clothesline or simply lay the items flat to dry overnight.

Down items

Down items, such as comforters, are made from the plumage of ducks and geese. Since it’s a natural form of insulation, it’s best to clean down items with a bit of extra care. Review our tips for taking care of down items:

  • A front load washer and dryer are best for down items since they provide enough space, since down is typically used for large comforters.

  • Always use a Delicate or Gentle cycle and as little laundry detergent as possible. You may need to run an additional rinse cycle to remove all of the detergent residue.

  • Lukewarm water is best for down, as cold or hot water can be too rough on down.

Comforters on the side of a Samsung washer and dryer
  • Do not use bleach or liquid fabric softeners.

  • To dry your down items, make sure to use the lowest possible temperature setting on your dryer. The items should be removed only when they are completely dry. If they are still damp, you can hang the items on a clothesline or a drying rack.

  • Note: To prevent your down comforter from bunching up in the washer or dryer, take two clean socks and then place tennis balls inside them. Knot the ends of the socks securely, and then add them to the cycle.

Faux fur items

Faux fur is a stylish choice for winter coats, hats, and gloves. Some of your blankets and pillows may also have faux fur linings or decorations. Our faux fur care tips are below:

  • These items should be soaked in lukewarm or cold water for about ten minutes before adding them to your washing machine. This will help loosen dirt from the fur.

  • Always use a Delicate or Gentle cycle and as little laundry detergent as possible.

  • Avoid using hot water, as heat may damage the items.

  • It’s a good idea to place your faux fur items in a mesh laundry bag before adding them to your washing machine.

Faux fur coats
  • To dry your items, place them on a flat surface to air-dry.

  • Once the items are dry, you can use a wide-tooth comb to brush out the faux fur hair fibers if needed.

Fleece items

Fleece is most commonly used to make throw blankets, cozy sweaters, and outdoor jackets. Review the following tips to learn more about caring for your fleece items:

  • Always use a Delicate or Gentle cycle and as little laundry detergent as possible.

  • Cold water is best for fleece items, as hot or warm water may damage the fabric.

  • It’s recommended to wash fleece items separately from other fabrics.

  • Do not use bleach or liquid fabric softeners.

Fleece jackets
  • To dry your items, use Cool or No Heat settings on your dryer. Do not use a high heat setting as this may cause the fabric to shrink or even melt. You can also hang the items on a clothesline or drying rack.

Wool and cashmere items

Note: Make sure to read the care label instructions on wool and cashmere items. Some wool and cashmere cannot be machine-washed and should be hand-washed instead.

Wool and cashmere are both incredibly delicate and should be placed in a mesh laundry bag before they are added to your washing machine. Since washing wool and cashmere is a similar process, we’ve combined the tips below:

  • Always use a Delicate or Gentle cycle and as little laundry detergent as possible.

  • Cool or cold water is best for wool and cashmere.

  • It’s recommended to use wool or cashmere-specific detergent, such as Woolite Delicates.

  • To dry wool and cashmere items, lay them on a flat surface. You can place a soft,clean towel underneath the items while they dry.

Different clothing made of Cashmere
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