That coat you put on this morning. The gloves you keep in your purse from December to March. When was the last time you washed them? It's not only kind of gross to think about, but it's also potentially unhealthy. Think about the germs you could be spreading on your gloves and other gear (raise your hand if you've sneezed into your scarf before).
As a quick cheat sheet, here's a guide to all the winter wardrobe accessories that don't get as much tender loving care as they maybe should:
How often: Once or twice each season
How to do it: By hand, with saddle soap on the outside. Turn them inside out to wash the liner with a bit of gentle detergent before thoroughly leaving to dry.
All Your Scarves
How often: Once a month
How to do it: One at a time, with baby shampoo in a mixing bowl
Tights & Stockings
How often: After every wear
How to do it: Hand wash and air dry
Knit Hats & Gloves
How often: Once a month, if they're worn often
How to do it: Very gently by hand with baby shampoo. Don't wring them out, just leave them out flat to air dry.
Fleece Sweatshirts & Jackets
How often: Every six or seven wears
How to do it: Turn them inside out and wash at home in the washing machine, then air dry.
Jackets and Coats
How often: Once a season
How to do it: Take them to the dry cleaner, unless the care instructions say otherwise.
How often: Once a season. Maybe less (or never) if they're rarely worn.
How to do it: Two words: Dry cleaner
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