The When-to-Wash-It Handbook: Winter Edition
Fleece Jackets and Sweatshirts
How often you should wash them: After six to seven wears.
Washing guidelines: Sweatshirts are low-maintenance, but fleece deserves extra care. To keep the nap smooth and soft (that is—not crunchy, static-y, or pilled), turn the garment inside out and wash it with like colors and without linty items, like towels. Rinse twice so there’s no detergent residue. Air-dry.
What else you should know: If the fleece has a water-resistant finish, avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets, as they diminish the effectiveness of the fabric. And the easiest way to remove stubborn pet hair? Wipe down fleece with a wet rubber glove.