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Handy Cure for Sweater Pills


Your favorite sweater accidentally got mixed in with the regular wash, and now it’s covered with woolen lumps and pills. Do not throw it out! Here’s what to do…

Gently rub the surface of your sweater with a pumice stone (yes, that thing that smoothes out rough heels). You might need to (carefully!) clip big pills with scissors, but the stone will detach the rest without harming the weave. Your sweater will look as good as new!

Thanks to Julie Edelman, author of The Accidental Housewife: How to Overcome Housekeeping Hysteria One Task at a Time (Ballantine), for help with this tip.

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Source: Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen are health investigators based in New York City who have spent decades collecting “cures from the cupboard.” They are authors of Bottom Line’s Treasury of Home Remedies & Natural Cures and Bottom Line’s Household Magic. They are authors of the free e-letter Household Magic Daily Tips Date: August 4, 2011 Publication: Bottom Line's Household Magic
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