Spring Cleaning of the Woolly Variety

I’m thankful that household heating technology has progressed to the point where we don’t have to worry about scrubbing wood, coal and oil smoke off our walls and ceilings every spring.  We still burn non-renewable resources, so our heat isn’t “clean,” but at least my furnace doesn’t coat my abode with layers of grime.

For me, spring cleaning involves just a few specific tasks:

  • Footwear shuffling: summer sandals come out of their designated basement tub, winter shoes go in.
  • Moving the bikes and lawn mower into the garage for easy access. The car is exiled to the driveway until the first snow.
  • Washing the woolens.
Knitted hats and mittens, plus a couple non-woolen gloves, drying in the sun.
Knitted hats and mittens, plus a couple non-woolen gloves, drying in the sun.

I used to be able to get the woolen washing done in one batch. These days, it takes multiple batches.

Now that the hats and mittens are done, it’s time to tackle scarves and cowls. Sweaters to follow. I want everything clean before I put it away for the season. Moths love nothing better than dirty wool.


  1. Since our summer season is so short here in NW Washington (July 5th – Labor Day), the woolens and winter shoes and boots never seem to get “put away!” But washing the woolens is on my task list with a deadline of September 1st. Thanks for the reminder!!

    • I have a certain subset of my woolens that are for cold weather only. Mostly accessories (like hats, mittens, and cowls) and a few heavy sweaters. Those pretty much only get washed once a year, unless they get obviously dirty sooner than that.

    • That’s why in trying to get a jump on it now. Maybe I’ll have three or four months without needing these things.

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