How to Clean an Angora Rabbit Hair Sweater

Angora sweaters are made from the wool of angora rabbits. This delicate fiber creates clothing that is unparalleled in comfort. The downside to angora sweaters, however, is that they can be difficult to care for. When soiled, the sweater either needs to be dry cleaned or washed by hand. When hand washing an angora sweater it is important to be as gentle as possible to retain the shape of the shirt. Avoid excessive washing, as this can reduce its longevity.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid hand soap
  • White towels
  • Salt


    • 1

      Fill a sink or bathtub with lukewarm water. Pour in one tablespoon of liquid hand soap that does not have dyes or perfumes. Add a teaspoon of salt to the water. This will help prevent the colors from running.

    • 2

      Swirl the water around with your hand until a mild lather is formed.

    • 3

      Lay the sweater into the water carefully, pushing it down. Gently squeeze the sweater, but do not twist it. Wringing the sweater will ruin its shape. Squeeze the entire sweater, much like kneading dough.

    • 4

      Drain the tub or sink and refill it with fresh lukewarm water. Repeat the gently squeezing motions over the entire sweater, purging it of the soap.

    • 5

      Drain the water again. Push down on the angora sweater to remove some of the excess water, but do not twist it.

    • 6

      Dry the sweater by laying it flat on a clean, white towel. Do not push down on the sweater because it will crush its fibers and ruin its shape. Periodically flip the sweater onto another white towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Place the sweater in the freezer for 20 minutes to make it fluffy again.
  • Do not allow the sweater to dry in the sun.
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