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    (And the other tiebreaker is what movie will win the most awards. Is Avatar a good guess for that?)

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  • Will pinning a sweater in shape after hand washing leave permanent holes?

    I have some wool and cashmere sweaters that I have been hand-washing in cold water, as the care directions say to do. The directions then say "reshape and dry flat."

    I have a flat drying rack that i use to dry the sweaters. But I find that the sweaters tend to contract/shrink a bit, especially around the collar, when they are wet. So I stretch them out gently when drying them, and I was using cans and jars to "block" them out and keep the shape while drying.

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  • How often should wool/cashmere sweaters be washed?

    Hi all! In past winters, I used to wear a lot of hoodies and cotton sweaters to keep warm...I washed them once a week just dropping them in with my other laundry with no problem.

    However, this winter I bought several wool, cashmere, and silk/cashmere blend sweaters during the Black Friday sales as well as other big sales.

    So my first question is: how often do I actually need to wash these sweaters (e.g. after wearing them how many times?). I heard that washing sweaters too often can alter the size and shape, and that even using *dry cleaning* too often can damage the fabric because of the chemicals used.

    So, If I get a stain on them or something I will wash them right away, but assuming that there are no stains, how often do I need to wash them? So, like, one wash after X number of times wearing it? Or one wash every X days/weeks? etc... (Is there a different answer for wool sweaters vs. cashmere sweaters?)

    When I do wear a sweater, I usually wear it for a whole day at a time.

    My second question is, which of the following options I'm considering would you recommend?

    (1) machine wash cold, on gentle cycle, in a mesh bag with gentle detergent.

    (2) hand wash

    (3) dry clean.

    Is the machine option (1) safe if I do it carefully? I'm leaning towards that because I'm really busy at school & work so I don't know if I have the energy to hand wash, whereas dry cleaning is the most expensive and apparently the chemicals are bad for the clothes?

    If there's a little risk--since I bought all these sweaters on sale at more than 50% off anyhow, it wouldn't be the end of the world if I accidentally wrecked one of them, but of course I would prefer not to wreck anything since these are nice sweaters even though I bought them on sale.

    Can anyone experienced with these kinds of fabrics advise me please? Thank you!!!

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  • Hot, warm, or cold water for laundry?

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    7 AnswersCleaning & Laundry1 decade ago
  • How to remove faucet flow constrictor?

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    How do I remove his flow constrictor and put back whatever faucet tip was there? I assume I can buy a real faucet tip (that doesn't cut the water flow) from a hardware store, but how do I get off the thing that my landlord installed? I tried turning the attachment on the faucet head, but I can turn it around and around in circles and it doesn't come loose. How do I get it off?

    Seriously, my bathroom sink now gives as little water as an airplane sink does.

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    1 AnswerFashion & Accessories1 decade ago
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    3 AnswersVideo & Online Games1 decade ago
  • Which digital camera should I buy?

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    I am looking for a camera that is:

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