1. Wash wool, alpaca and cashmere sweaters with baby shampoo and cold water. blog.novica.com It is hair, after all. Make sure to clean out your sink or wash bin before you expect it to clean anything. Detailed hand wash directions here. 2. Take the direction "lay flat to dry" seriously. crateandbarrel.com Try a couple of stackable drying racks, like this one. If you're particularly savvy, you can DIY a cool pull-out system. 3. Shave off the annoying (but natural) pills. mommysavers.com Okay, yes, it does thin your sweater out over time. But if it's already all pilled up you can make your sweater look new(er) again. From here. 4. Always fold your sweaters. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF blog.freepeople.com They might end up misshapen if you put them on a hanger. From here. 5. One more sweater-care tip: Knot some rosemary in cheesecloth to keep moths away. howtoreuseitcreatively.com Tuck it in your sweater drawer. Because your sweaters aren't on hangers, right? From here. 6. Spritz a sort-of-smelly knit with vinegar. mommypotamus.com Turn the sweater inside out, then spray lightly with a spray like this one, made with water, white vinegar, and essential oils. Allow to dry. (This only works with slightly smelly sweaters, though). 7. BUT DON'T USE VINEGAR ON RAYON SWEATERS. care2.com Acid can harm your rayon fabrics. So be gentle, and learn how to wash your rayon here. 8. Hand wash silk tops in lukewarm water (with gentle soap). mommypotamus.com Or you could just dry clean it, but this is cheaper and uses fewer mystery chemicals. Full directions here. 9. Machine wash your flannel tops in cool or lukewarm water to help prevent pilling. catherine_swantner/Creative Commons More on how to wash flannel here. 10. Wash wool coats the same way you'd wash a wool sweater. But you'll have to use your entire bathtub. Idhren/Creative Commons Resist the temptation to wring out the water, because you don't want it to dry in a strange shape. Also they get really heavy. More detail here.You probably only want to do this once a season (/also just dry clean it), unless you're a very sweaty person. 11. Spot clean your wool coats and sweaters between washes. henna lion/Creative Commons For an oil-based stain, take off your sweater or coat as soon as you can, and cover the stain in baking soda. After a few minutes, brush it off, then use dish soap and a wash cloth to blot it out (don't rub too much, or it might pill). Rinse and dry! 12. Wash down coats and vests with a natural detergent, and run a double rinse cycle. oliviacleansgreen.com Also: skip the fabric softener, and stick a sock-covered tennis ball in the dryer with your coat. More details here. 13. Keep the heat away from your faux fur. Fashionista's/Creative Commons If you must, wash it in cold water with a gentle detergent, and don't run through your dryer — the heat can melt the fibers together. More directions here. 14. If it's too late, gently comb out your matted faux fur with the help of a detangler spray. View this video on YouTube youtube.com This may take a while, though. Best to keep it out of the dryer in the first place. 15. Use a dish brush to gently rub the outside of your Ugg boots (and the un-fuzzy sides of other shearling) with white vinegar and water. thrivinghomeblog.com Get the full tutorial here. (But this may not work for the fuzzy side of your shearling. For that, try gently spot cleaning, and brushing with a metal dog brush.) 16. Hand wash tights in your sink, with some soap. the330collective.blogspot.com Try castile soap, or a special hand wash detergent. If you want to start hand washing more of your clothes, these are an easy place to begin. Check out instructions here. 17. Don't. Wash. Ski and snowboard pants. snowmamas.com These pants usually have waterproofing that regular detergent washes off. If you need to, you can buy a special detergent that won't hurt the waterproofing. 18. Hand wash hand-knit wool socks and mittens with a gentle detergent. freshstitches.com Basically treat them like all the other wool knits. Find a sock-specific tutorial here. 19. Rinse salt stains off of leather boots with those old standbys: vinegar and water. blog.freepeople.com Use a soft cloth, like an old cotton t-shirt. Full tutorial here. 20. Literally erase scuff marks with a pencil eraser. kimmyerin.com From here. 21. Wash some ski gloves in the washer (but this really depends on your gloves' specific care instructions). Ernesto JT/Creative Commons If they have leather pieces, you may want to hand wash them instead of tossing them in the machine. Full directions here. (You can also Febreze in between washes). 22. And maybe most importantly: Know what those symbols on your tags mean. Here's a comprehensive guide.