Single guy needs laundry help!

Hello- (sexist alert) ladies.

I'm having a problem with washing my woolen jumpers- I wear them for teaching. They always seem to shrink a lot in the wash! i'm washing them on 'delicate fabrics- wool- 40 deg' on my washer/dryer. Should I be washing them by hand, or a different setting?

Before I get any grief, i've been away from home for years and only had to wash jumpers in the last few weeks. My shirts go out to get laundered and pressed (could I get my jumpers laundered) and i'm wearing jumpers as my latest job- reception class- means that a suit is overkill in the job and not practical.

Hope somebody can help!

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Banned

more importantly how are you drying them?

you could try washing at 30 instead. don't tumble dry...check the lable on each individual jumper.

sassie;1735100

more importantly how are you drying them?


yep!!
Follow the washing instructions (30 degrees is plenty anyway) on the label then dry flat or on a wide strong hanger - not fast, not tumble-drier unless also following instructions.

Phone a female relative!!

What does the label say? I wash most stuff on 30 degrees and I know what I can get away with in the machine that supposed to be handwashed. Certain jumpers are best handwashed even when they do say machine washable.As mentioned above its important how yu dry them,if you go chucking in tumble dryer you are likely to ruin them.

Banned

Hand wash wools muppet!

chesso;1735124

Phone a female relative!!



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Boil was everything together! :roll:

Original Poster

lol@lumoruk- why does the washer have a wools setting then?
i'm tumble drying everything, mainly as i'm in a top floor flat and have no washing line, shd I hang them wet over the heated bathroom towel rails then? on a hanger?
How do you set the washer to 30 deg? only 'quick and cool synthetics' is at 30 deg on my machine.

please bear in mind that I was touring in rock bands for years before teaching and so washing clothes was not really an issue...! but thx everyone so far

All machines are different but mine is 30 degree quick wash,I use that because not everything needs a hotter temp plus I want cycle done asap so I can hang it out and get more done cos I often slack and it piles up plus I'm on water meter,quicker cycles less water less money.

billyX;1735240

lol@lumoruk- why does the washer have a wools setting then?i'm tumble … lol@lumoruk- why does the washer have a wools setting then?i'm tumble drying everything, mainly as i'm in a top floor flat and have no washing line, shd I hang them wet over the heated bathroom towel rails then? on a hanger? How do you set the washer to 30 deg? only 'quick and cool synthetics' is at 30 deg on my machine. please bear in mind that I was touring in rock bands for years before teaching and so washing clothes was not really an issue...! but thx everyone so far


I dont have a tumble dryer, or a garden to hang things in!!! dry jumpers flat on towels if you have the space and have washing everywhere for a few days lol

Banned

you shouldnt tumble dry wool - lol

spin so it isnt sopping wet and just lay flat or hang to dry, although i must admit i dont think i have anything wool, too much like hard work - lol

Get married then you can go down the pub and leave it all to the wife!:p

Just kidding!!!:whistling:

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cheapskate58;1735291

Get married then you can go down the pub and leave it all to the … Get married then you can go down the pub and leave it all to the wife!:pJust kidding!!!:whistling:



dude, am working on this- me asking advice is only a temporary fix until I sucker the beautiful H in properly!

(ah, so tumble drying is what's causing the prob- thanks everybody)

40 degrees is a bit hot for wool, I used to get all my sister in law's jumpers as she insisted on washing them at 40 degrees and they used to shrink just enought to fit me perfectly. Either hand wash them or the quick and cool setting should be fine, but don't tumble dry them unless you want them to fit a five year old. Buy a cheap clotheshorse and dry them on that after you've spun them. Don't put them on your heated towel rail or a radiator because that will also shrink them! Good luck!

Don't buy wool jumpers if you are not prepared to hand wash them and never put them in a dryer.
There are wool mixes that can be machine washed, always read the care label on the garment before you buy it. I would never buy anything that has to be hand washed or dry cleaned, it's just too much hassle.

OMG your not Mr Charter are you??!! My son has a male reception teacher who seems to shrink his jumpers in the wash.

wash at 25, its plenty for wools and then pull to shape and dry flat. :thumbsup:

cheapskate58;1735291

Get married then you can go down the pub and leave it all to the … Get married then you can go down the pub and leave it all to the wife!:pJust kidding!!!:whistling:



Yep, make sure she has small feet too ;-)

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loveabargain;1735461

OMG your not Mr Charter are you??!! My son has a male reception teacher … OMG your not Mr Charter are you??!! My son has a male reception teacher who seems to shrink his jumpers in the wash.



No reception teacher ever gets called 'Mr'
We actually get extra pay due to the therapy needed for the years spent being called 'Miss'...

billyX;1735540

No reception teacher ever gets called 'Mr'We actually get extra pay due … No reception teacher ever gets called 'Mr'We actually get extra pay due to the therapy needed for the years spent being called 'Miss'...


your right...i've been a nursery nurse for...ummm well forever and i've never come across a male reception teacher

bellabonkers;1735841

your right...i've been a nursery nurse for...ummm well forever and i've … your right...i've been a nursery nurse for...ummm well forever and i've never come across a male reception teacher



As I said, my son has a male reception teacher who is great. I am really pleased for my son and I wish there were more males in childcare/teaching. I am also a nursery nurse and I am afraid that the only male nursery nurse I ever met was extremely camp!!!!!

loveabargain;1735861

As I said, my son has a male reception teacher who is great. I am really … As I said, my son has a male reception teacher who is great. I am really pleased for my son and I wish there were more males in childcare/teaching. I am also a nursery nurse and I am afraid that the only male nursery nurse I ever met was extremely camp!!!!!



We have a male nursey nurse... i work for the NHS now not in a school. he's not camp but there was a very strange reaction from parents of children when he started working with us. Some were even daft enough to ask if he would be alowed to change the children, be left alone with them etc etc... you wouldnt belive the prejudices he came across.

Original Poster

ooh, i'm not camp!
back when I did my teacher training, there were 140 girls and 10 blokes, four of whom were gay.
The official statistics for the UK are that 7% of Primary School teachers are male, but 70% of Primary Head Teachers are male. I think we can add in that 90% of male Primary School teachers have no idea of how to wash wool....

ah, seeing as we're having a laugh here, here's my Y1 class from a few years ago:

http://img34.picoodle.com/img/img34/4/3/17/f_teachy1m_3c14986.jpg

check me with a beard!

bonus points for anyone that can tell me what cartoon the guy who wrote the Elmer books (see the elephant pic) wrote that all of us from the 70s and 80s will remember...

only 14 children in your class!!!:w00t:

Mr Benn - what do I win???

Original Poster

hey- i'm impressed loveabargain! you win the right to write to Paramount Pictures and demand that the Mr Benn film they made in 1998 with John Hannah gets released.... god knows why it hasn't been! I still play the Mr Benn cartoons every year to the kids- they always love them. The animation is so simple- there's little movement, the camera just moved into a static picture or around the picture. Great classic storytelling and animation.

yup 14 kids (two off sick IIRC) and my current one has 16- I once had a foundation class with 57 kids in Reception where eight kids were called Mohammed though, so it's not always so easy, believe me!

Are you undersubscribed or only have the room for 16? 30 in all the classes in our infant and junior schools!

Original Poster

It was a combination of an undersized school- new regs made sure we had to keep the class sizes down- and a catchment area with four good primary schools and a growing student population- the families were disappearing as local landlords took on houses to split them into student lets. Sad stuff, both this and my current school are over 100 years old and could potentially be closed if the numbers continue to dwindle.

Cute class pic. Love the faces they are pulling

sassie;1735280

you shouldnt tumble dry wool - lolspin so it isnt sopping wet and just … you shouldnt tumble dry wool - lolspin so it isnt sopping wet and just lay flat or hang to dry, although i must admit i dont think i have anything wool, too much like hard work - lol



yeah think of ... Shaun the sheep spinning around ...

Original Poster

OK, anyone want to buy some very small woollen jumpers?

wd it fit my cat? actually thinking back, i did shrink my beloved wool jumper once - when we moved into one of those flats where you had industrial washing machines that eat your coins downstairs, i was too enthusiastic to put on a big wash and forgot about the jumper. argh! it came out tiny! like a chihuahua size.
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