We're in the heart of wool socks season. I read somewhere that there was a study showing that people fell asleep faster wearing wool socks to bed in winter, and I know it holds true for me. So socks by day, socks by night, and before you know it, there's a stack of socks in the laundry pile. We put a good deal of effort into making them,
so they deserve a little TLC when it comes to their care. And socks need different care from sweaters.Socks work hard and are exposed to a lot more sweat and dirt. No-rinse wool wash products aren't enough. There are lots of good ways to wash socks. I'm lucky enough to have an old-fashioned top-loading washing machine. Here's what I do:
1. Set the water level at low (this is sufficient water for a half-dozen to a dozen pairs of socks), and the temp at warm. Load the water.
2. Rub a bar of Sunlight pure soap (no detergent content),
in the water to release some soap. Mmm, I LOVE the slight lemon fragrance.
3. Submerge the socks, gently squeezing out any air bubbles. Allow to soak for 20 minutes or longer. Make sure the machine is set so that there is no agitation. If you have an older model machine, you don't need to do anything special, but if you have a newer machine with an electronic timer, you will need to turn off the machine completely during soaking.
4. Now, spin the socks dry.
5. Take the socks out of the machine and re-fill with warm water, adding a "glug" of white vinegar to the rinse water. Allow to soak with no agitation again.
6. Repeat step 4.
7. Hang or lay out the socks to dry. You can use sock hangers, or lay them on a towel, or hang them on a drying rack. The spin cycle gets out so much moisture that our socks dry in under 12 hours.
The result? Soft, clean smelling socks you can hardly wait to stick on your chilled feet before heading out for a walk.
a year ago, when the international ice sailing competition was happening on our stretch of lakefront.