Another Way to Save Your Sweaters from Dreaded Pills

January 22, 2013 | By | Comments (3)

Sweater pills are one of life’s little annoyances that just really bug me. With a wool or cashmere sweater they are inevitable, but thankfully there are several ways to get rid of them. (If only there was a way to prevent them!)

I’ve sworn by one of these fabric shavers for years, but recently mine died. And until I can pick up a new one, I’m going to try this tip from Mommy Savers. They recommend using a disposable razor to shave off those unsightly pills.

Disposable Razor

Mommy Savers also gives a few pieces of advice before you tackle your sweaters:

1. Use a sharp razor. A dull one is more likely to snag the fabric.
2. Lay the garment out flat and pull it taut.
3. Use short strokes to remove the pills, and be careful around the seams.

I’ll be testing this out on one of my older sweaters to get the hang of it, and adding a fabric shaver to my shopping list.

If you don’t trust yourself with the razor, you can also use sandpaper, a pumice stone, Velcro, or a comb to remove those pills.


  1. Annie

    Ive had issues with sweater pills for years! I stopped using a shaver after I wrecked a nice sweater…RIP :( I now use a brush called the Lilly Brush on my nice cashmere and wool sweaters. It removes the pills easily without damaging the fabric. I picked it up on amazon and would highly recommend it if you wear a lot of nice sweaters

    January 23, 2013 at 10:51 pm
  2. Alyssa

    Sweater enthusiast and pill hater here! I second the Lilly Brush recommendation if you are serious about your sweaters. Combs work well for cheaper acrylic knits. The razor is a great solution if you are looking to save a few bucks! Be careful tho

    January 23, 2013 at 11:22 pm
  3. Kristin Appenbrink

    I will have to check out the Lilly Brush, thanks for your recommendations Annie & Alyssa!

    January 28, 2013 at 11:02 am

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