How to Keep Fleece Soft

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Freshly sheared fleece from sheep must be washed before it is used.
Freshly sheared fleece from sheep must be washed before it is used.

Fleece comes from the sheared wool of sheep. It is known for its soft and smooth texture. Fleece can be made into sweaters, jackets, throws and baby blankets. Washing fleece, however, can ruin the softness of fleece if it is not done properly. By following careful washing and drying procedures, the soft texture of fleece can be maintained much longer.

Things You'll Need

  • Fleece
  • Sweater bag
  • 1 cup laundry detergent
  • Washer
  • Drying rack

Step 1

Place your fleece into a sweater bag and close the bag. This will protect the fleece from being overworked and losing some softness when it is being washed.

Step 2

Set your washer so that it runs on very hot water, and add the liquid laundry detergent. Do not use soap; it will strip the fleece and make it less soft. If you have no liquid laundry detergent, substitute shampoo.

Step 3

Soak the fleece in the hot water and detergent for about 45 minutes; then turn the washer to the rinse and spin cycle. Do not let the washer actually wash the fleece, which will reduce softness. Check your fleece, and if it is not yet clean enough for you, repeat the process by letting it soak for about 30 minutes before rinsing it out again.

Step 4

Remove and fluff your fleece gently when it is clean. Avoid being too rough with the wet fleece, which may make it less soft. Do not put your fleece in the dryer. Instead, hang it on a drying rack until it is completely dry.

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