Most of the sock yarns I use are meant to be hand washed and not put in the dryer. I’m asked often how I handle that. I’ve never found it to be a burden to hand wash my socks. Yesterday was sock washing day so I thought . . how exciting can this be? Washing a pile of dirty socks! I’ll just take pictures and write a blog post about it!
I keep a container in my bathroom cabinet and when I take my socks off, I toss them in that bucket so they don’t accidentally end up in the washer. I used to use an empty one gallon plastic ice cream bucket but every time I saw it, I wanted ice cream so I switched to a plastic bucket that I think is kinda like a small clothes basket. When the bucket starts to get almost full and we have a sunny day (every day around here almost), I dump the socks in bath tub.
As I’m running lukewarm water into the tub, I squirt in a little pet shampoo.
Socks come from wool. Wool comes from sheep or alpacas. Sheep and alpacas are pets . . so, why not use pet shampoo to wash my socks? Besides .. it’s 3M and I have it here.
I swish the socks around in the warm soapy water, then I rinse them by holding a couple of them in my hands under running water. Then I squeeze (NOT wring) any excess water out of them and put them down on a folded towel.
Next, the socks are rolled up in the towel and I will step on it and “smush” as much water out of the socks as I can.
On a table or, on the porch floor if there are no chickens running loose, I spread dry towels and then lay the socks out to dry.
After a couple of hours, I flip the socks over so the other side can dry. Here, where we have no humidity, the socks are dry within a couple of hours.
Simple as that!