How to Wash Crochet Items: Simple Steps for Cleaning Handmade Crafts

Learn how to keep your crochet items looking pristine and fresh with these simple washing tips.

Key takeaways:

  • Wash crochet items every 3-5 wears or seasonally.
  • Handwash with gentle detergent in cold water.
  • Create a gentle washing solution with lukewarm water and mild detergent.
  • Rinse under cool water, avoiding twisting or wringing.
  • Gently press and roll in a towel to remove excess water.

How Often to Wash Crochet Blankets and Clothing

how often to wash crochet blankets and clothing
  • Just like your favorite cozy t-shirt, crochet blankets and clothing need a good wash every now and then to keep them fresh and clean. Give them a good cleaning when they start to look, well, loved.
  • For items worn frequently, aim to wash them every 3-5 wears or as needed based on how soiled they get. Crochet items used as decoration or less frequently can be washed seasonally or if they start to accumulate dust. Remember, washing too often can cause wear and tear, so find a balance.

How to Handwash Crochet Blankets and Clothing

To handwash your crochet items, start by preparing a gentle washing solution using cold water and mild detergent. Gently submerge the item and let it soak for a few minutes. Avoid rubbing or wringing the crochet piece to prevent damage. After soaking, carefully rinse the item in cold water until all soap residue is gone. Gently press to remove excess water and avoid stretching the fabric. Finally, lay the item flat on a clean towel to dry, reshaping it to its original dimensions. This handwashing method helps maintain the integrity of your crochet items for longer use.

Mix a Washing Solution

When handwashing your crochet items, creating a gentle washing solution is key. Use lukewarm water and a mild detergent suitable for delicate fabrics. Avoid harsh chemicals that can damage the fibers. Ensure the detergent is completely dissolved in the water before immersing your crochet piece. This solution will help clean your items effectively while being gentle on the delicate crochet work.


Once you’ve soaked your crochet items, carefully rinse them under cool water to remove any soap residue. Gently press the item to release excess water without wringing or twisting it. Make sure the water runs clear, indicating all soap is washed out. For larger items, consider using a bathtub or a large basin for easier rinsing.

Remove Excess Water

After rinsing your crochet item, gently press on it to remove excess water. Avoid wringing or twisting the fabric to prevent stretching or misshaping. Place the item on a towel, then roll it up like a burrito to absorb more water. You can step on the rolled-up towel to speed up the process. Once most of the water is absorbed, carefully unroll the item and proceed to lay it flat to dry.

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