Once you've finished creating your beautiful natural knit, be it a sweater, socks, or a unique new pattern of your own, your next step will probably be to give it it's first washing. Just as the fibers we use in our knitting are important, so are the soaps we use to wash our knitted garments. Like synthetic yarns, non-natural soaps also contain hazardous chemicals, known to cause cancer and other health disorders. There are several natural soaps available that offer the perfect choice for natural knits.
Two of the most popular and widely recommended soap brands for washing knitted projects are Soak and Eucalan. However, we recommend Dr. Bronner's and KnitIQ, as more natural alternatives. Made from a short list of natural ingredients, they wash well and don't leave us wondering about potential negative effects. Let's take a quick look at a comparison of the ingredients used:
Designed specifically for knitters, KnitIQ's simple wool wash formula is our favorite go-to. With a delicate, refreshing, lavender-citrus scent, this no-rinse formula is easy to use and comes in a convenient pump bottle. Use it for all your handknits and for regular laundry too! Looking for blocking boards? KnitIQ has got them too! If you need boards, you're sure to love the high quality Gridded Blocking Boards from KnitIQ.
Competitively priced, KnitIQ and Dr. Bronners offer high quality products on par with all the other major wool wash brands. From the first wash to the last, treat your knits right with a great wool wash!
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Dr. Bronners Liquid Castile Soap
Available in eight different scents and seven different sizes, Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap is incredibly versatile. Though not marketed directly for knitters, it's perfect for all your natural knitwear washing needs and can double as a perfect hand soap or body wash! Be sure to also check out Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds -- a powerful detergent that only requires a drop to perfectly clean your woolly knits. We recommend rinsing your knits after washing, as this is not a no-rinse solution.
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