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It's Officially Sweater SZN! Here's Is What You Need to Keep Them Clean.

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5 Neat Things5 Neat ThingsJolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist and the host of the podcast “Ask a Clean Person.” Each week, she’ll round up five essential cleaning products, tools and organizational systems to help you live your tidiest lives.

Sweaters are so great we’ve named an entire season for them. But sweaters also require a little bit of special care—they are, of course, more than worth it! With sweater weather beginning for many of us, here are five of the best products that will help keep them looking great well into winter.

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Keenstone Rechargeable Fabric Shaver Lint Roller Combo

The Keenstone Rechargeable Fabric Shaver and Lint Roller is a fabric shaver and a lint roller all roller into one device. Use the shaver function to remove pesky pills, while the sticky roller will take care of any loose fluff.
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The Keenstone defuzzer is a rechargeable electric fabric shaver, that comes with a sticky lint roller built into its design. We love a two-for-one deal! The beauty of having both functions in one product is that after you’ve used the shaver to remove pills—those little balls that form when the fibers fray or break, which give sweaters a worn out appearance—you can turn the sticky roller on the fabric to remove stray bits of fluff, lint or hair.

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Eucalan No Rinse Delicate Wash

This Eucalan No-Rinse Detergent takes one step out of the hand-washing process. That’s great news for your sweaters, since the more they’re handled, the more worn out they’ll get over time.
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No-rinse detergents are the best choice for hand-washing delicate items like sweaters or lingerie, because cutting out the rinsing step means the garments won’t be exposed to as much handling. While there are other, more versatile no-rinse detergents available, Eucalan is the way to go if the only things you wash by hand are sweaters and other woolen items, because it’s slightly less expensive than its competitors. It comes in three scent options: lavender, grapefruit or eucalyptus, as well as an unscented formula.

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OTraki Large Mesh Laundry Bag

If you’re not going to hand wash your sweaters, at least put them in a mesh laundry bag, like this OTraki Large Mesh Laundry Bag, when you throw them in the washing machine. The bag will protect your sweaters from the other items in your load.
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If you’re absolutely never ever going to try your hand (heh) at hand-washing, no problem, we’re still here to support your lifestyle. The thing about sweaters is that actually are, for the most part, better off not going to the dry cleaners because the chemicals used in dry cleaning will strip wools of their natural oils. So! If you’re not going to hand-wash, at least consider not outsourcing the job of cleaning your sweaters, and instead put them in the washing machine. The trick to this is to first put the sweater in a mesh washing bag to protect it from everything else in the load. Then, use the gentle cycle, cold water, and avoid mixing in heavy items like jeans, hoodies or towels.

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Storage Maniac Stackable Drying Rack

Hang drying sweaters is one big don’t. Instead, lay them flat on this Storage Maniac Stackable Mesh Drying Rack, so they’ll hold their shape.
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Regardless of whether you choose to hand- or machine-wash sweaters, they should always be air-dried. As with detergents, there are drying racks that are especially designed for sweaters and other items that should be laid flat to dry. While many garments can be hang-dried, sweaters will become stretched and misshapen if hung to dry.

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Shout Wipe & Go Wipes, 4 Pack

If your sweater has a stain, but is otherwise clean, consider forgoing a full-on wash in favor of a spot treatment. These Shout Wipe & Go Wipes, along with water, can handle any small messes.
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I mentioned that sweaters don’t like to be over-handled, which brings us to this last recommendation: If you get a small stain on a sweater, consider spot treating it rather than washing the entire garment. Spot treating is a term to describe using a small amount of detergent or stain remover and a small amount of water to eliminate stains. Foaming hand or dish soap is a good choice, but the best choice is a Shout wipe.

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Jolie Kerr

Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist and the host of the podcast Ask a Clean Person