The Laundress


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We’ve added a new brand to our knitwear care collection called The Laundress, a brand of cleaning products from New York. The Laundress founders, Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Boyd, are fashion enthusiasts turned fabric care aficionados. We fell in love with the Laundress due to their dedication to proper clothing care, their commitment to sustainability, and their beautiful product packaging. Their products are cruelty-free, use recycled packaging, contain only natural scent and colors,  and are 100% biodegradable.

We currently carry four fantastic products from their line: Wool and Cashmere Shampoo (comes in two sizes: 2oz and 16 oz), Delicate Wash, Sweater Stone, and Sweater Comb.

The Wool and Cashmere Shampoo is a plant-derived PH-neutral fabric wash, perfect for washing wool, cashmere and other natural fibers. It has a gentle cedar scent that consists of sandalwood, orange and rose, all which act as a natural pest repellent. The wash is highly concentrated - I’d just add a capful or two to my wash basin.

The Delicate Wash is a wash designed for silks, synthetic fibers, and blends. Compared to the shampoo, the Delicate Wash is gentler, and works well on perspiration, stains, and odors.  It has a scent named “Lady” that I’d describe as floral. The ingredients are amber, bergamot, lavender, and musk, a blend well-known for its antibacterial properties. In addition to using the Delicate Wash on knitwear, I’d also recommend it for anything with a “delicates” or “dry clean only” tag.

The two pill removing products we carry from the Laundress are the Sweater Stone and the Sweater Comb. The Sweater Stone is made from natural volcanic pumice. It’s great for medium-weight knits that need a little touch-up.

The Sweater Comb has a cedar handle with two metal screens on either side. We found that the coarse metal screen is good for removing pills from heavy-duty knits, or perhaps refreshing a felted wool coat.

The Laundress products make great gifts, and are the perfect stocking stuffers. They’re not a brand that is carried everywhere, and it would be something appreciated by every knitter.

December 19, 2016 by Oleya Pearsall
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