Soak Wash: For The Things We Love

We use Soak Wash for all our hand knits and delicate garments. Luckily, we have every scent and scentless stacked up at our office, and with the spring/summer season rolling in we thought this was the ideal time to talk about washing knits for summer storage.

There is nothing worse for a knitter than finding holes in a precious knit after months of storage. These holes are usually created by moths or vermin that find the smallest food particles, sweat, or other tasty things left behind in our woolies. To preserve knits, we recommend laundering your wools properly before packing them away for the summer.

Why We Love Soak Wash:

  • Soak is manufactured in a skin care facility, making it hypoallergenic and gentle enough to use on the most sensitive skin types.

  • It’s rinse-free, meaning you get all the benefits of a gentle cleanser without needing to rinse out heavy winter knits. The gentle suds bind with the dirt and grease and wash away.

  • Soak contains no lanolin, meaning this wash will not buildup on fine fabrics. Even wool does not benefit from the addition of lanolin; it builds up on fibers, making them prone to attracting dirt.

  • Other wool wash products use essential oils as their scent base, which can cause an allergic reaction in some users. Soak uses 100% hypoallergenic fragrance, making it the perfect choice for sensitive skin.

A Quick Guide to Hand Washing:

  1. Wash ALL your hand knits together! Double check that all your knits are colorfast, and fill up a tub, sink, or anything large enough to hold all your knits and let them soak together. This makes less work in the long run.

  2. TOWELS, TOWELS, TOWELS! Get a bunch of towels for wringing out your knits. Squeeze out as much water as possible while they are still in their wash tub. Wet wool is very delicate and can stretch out easily when it’s saturated. Then carefully pick it up and lay it out in a towel. Roll up the towel and lean or stand on the towel to get as much water out as possible.

  3. Wash your knits on a sunny day. Take advantage of the warm, sunny spring weather. If you are lucky enough to have a back porch, patio, or place to lay out your knits in the sunshine they will dry extra fast and smell wonderful.

  4. Be patient! After you lay out your knits walk away and let them dry fully. The last thing you want after taking the time to wash them is to get mildew smell from damp knits in storage. Yuck.

So get to washing your knits!

Did you know we distribute Soak Wash in the US? Find our Soak Wash stockists below, give them a call and order up a pack of scents for your most precious hand knits.


The Artful Yarn
100 N Main St
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
(440) 321-9754

Avenue Yarns
1325 Solano Ave
Albany, CA 94706
(510) 526-9276

Bliss Yarns
127 Franklin Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 370-8717

Casting On
305 E College Ave
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 915-2360

Cream City Yarn
15565 W North Ave
Brookfield, WI 53005
(262) 923-7014

Ewe-nique Knits
515 S Lafayette Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 584-3001

Ewe and I
566 N Market Blvd
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 345-1506

Fancywork Yarn Shop
200 NE Greenwood Ave
Suite 2
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 323-8686

Fibre Space
1319 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 664-0344

Fillory Yarn
1702-H Meridian Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 620 1042

Finch Knitting + Sewing Studio
102 Loudoun Street SW
Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 777-8000

3897 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6642

ImagiKnit, NE
12100 W Center Rd
Omaha, NE 68144
(402) 932-9525

Jimmy Beans Wool
4850 Joule St
Suite A1
Reno, NV 89502
(775) 827-9276

Knit House on Main
32 Main St, Belvedere
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 937-5246

The Knitter’s Nest
5922 S Main St
Village of Clarkston, MI 48346
(248) 707-6442

The Knotty Lamb
2003 19th Ave
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 992-0606

Luna Lola
3433, 3000 Rosewood Dr
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 397-4006

Needle & Skein
5814 Excelsior Blvd
St Louis Park, MN 55416
(952) 303-3895

12456 Memorial Dr,
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 722-7244

Nina Chicago
1655 W Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 486-8996

West 7th Wool
3612 West 7th St, Suite D
Fort Worth, TX 76107

404 King Farm Blvd
Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 632-9276

The Yarn Maven
62 W Commerce Street
Smyrna, DE 19977
(302) 508-5256

Yarn Social
1707 W 45th St
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 867-0522

Yarn VT
80 S Main St,
Waterbury, VT 05676
(802) 241-2244

147 Valley Rd
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 572-9276

Yarns N’ More
2605 E Main St
Endicott, NY 13760
(607) 786-9276

Yarns to Dye For
59 W. Bankview Drive
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 469-4906

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