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As a knitter, Soak is my go to product when it’s time to wash anything hand knit. I’ve been using it for years and have always been pleased with the results.

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I am another fan. I think I saw it first in that article or one like it about how to care for sweaters. Works by hand or by delicate cycle in machine.

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I have been using it for years, and it works great. Amazon used to sell an assortment of packets that would be ideal for travel, but I've never bought them. I try to buy Soak at a locally owned store, but sometimes convenience wins out.

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Wow. How can it been rinse free?

I use it for sink washing, have not tried in a machine. The no rinse is the great part for sink washing with less wrinkles. I usually still do 1 or 2 sink fills to rinse, though. I have no idea how it works, but I have super sensitive skin with eczema and it hasn’t caused me a problem like some detergents. (I buy their unscented version)

And you can get it in small packets. More expensive but less in your liquids if you are only using it a couple of times

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This kind of product is great for sweaters (or for dry clean only delicates, as described in the article), but for regular clothes, I would not use it. I would be especially wary of the scents, even though it says they are not overpowering (i.e., be mindful of your seatmates on planes).

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My husband and I have quite a few merino shirts (Smartwool and Icebreaker). I like to wash those, and my cashmere sweaters, with Dr.Bronner’s peppermint Castile liquid soap—-it is very gentle, and the light peppermint scent it leaves (very light, actually) is a natural moth repellant. We do not have moths in our home, but I did have a nice Smartwool shirt ruined with moth holes when we stayed in a ski condo years ago (before I was washing with Dr. Bronners).

I do have to rinse it out, but that is not hard to do.. I find the $14 price tag for Soak a high cost for the rinse-free option.

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@Lola, what proportion/dilution do you do for the wool washing with Dr. Bronner's?

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Avi, I use one “squirt” from the bottle for a bathroom sink wash. It is probably close to a tablespoon, but not more than that. I should measure next time I do it.

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Thanks, everyone. I might order the packets and give it a try at home first.