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    I found a Pendleton wool shirt at a thrift store and it says dry clean only. Does it have to be, I'm not even sure we have a dry cleaners here in town.

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    get a bottle of Woolite and hand wash it... cheaper and works. that's what all our mothers did in the 50s and 60s... all the old timers who logged, hunted, guided, or "forestered" did it too. just don't dry it in a dryer... spread it out on a towel and let it sit out. turn it over when the top feels dryish. might take a day or two, but it will be fine.
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    Also, don't wring it dry. You can speed it up by putting it between two towels and walking on it though.

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    Dryclean only seems to be a CYA warning.
    Cold wash or lukewarm wash is safest, rinse at the same temperature as wash.
    Pull stretch to keep in shape and dry flat in the shade as already noted by others.
    The good news is that a good wool shirt should not need to be washed all that often ; especially if you wear a T-shirt or long-John top under it, the underwear gets the stink and dirt

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    I wash all my woolen non business clothes in the machine, on the cold gentle setting, using backing soda or sport wash. Hang to dry. For dry hunting woolens I will sometimes run them in the air only, no heat setting in the dryer just to fluff up the fibers.

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    If you wash it your machine and then put it in your dryer, it will fit a G.I. Joe Doll very nicely.

    Go woolite in cold water. Dry on a towel as stated above.
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    Cold water, Hang Dry, wear, and be warm!

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    I machine wash my Pendletons also. Gentle cycle, cold water. A very small amount of regular detergent, or Woolite. I hang them to dry on wood hangers. The shoulders have little bumps on them at first from the ends of the hangers, but go away the first time I wear them

    When you wear them a lot, they get a little smelly, but nothing like synthetics. Your under layers get most of the sweat, as was mentioned. A good dose of woodsmoke helps with the aroma tho.

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    I have taken an extra large wool sweater and washed it in hot water, then dried it on High in the drier and it has shrunk so that it is Medium Large, plus the weave is tighter.

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