From vintage styles to office attire, acrylic sweaters are a sturdy, fashionable and cost-effective wardrobe option for many people. However, because acrylic is man-made, it can often be itchy when worn directly on bare skin. Softening up an acrylic sweater will help make it more comfortable to wear.

Things You'll Need

Read the care label for the acrylic sweater to make sure the item can be washed in a machine. Place the acrylic sweater in a protective mesh laundering bag. Place the bag in the washing machine and set the machine to the cold setting.

During the final rinse cycle, add one tablespoon of hair conditioner or liquid fabric softener. If using conditioner, choose a thick, cream-style conditioner to give extra softness to the sweater.

Set the dryer to the delicate setting. Dry the sweater with fabric-softener dryer sheets just until it is damp on the edges, seams and cuff. This additional softening will further help to make the sweater soft and not itchy.

Try the sweater on. If still itchy, run the dry sweater through the clothes dryer once more, using the air-fluff setting. Add one to two dryer sheets before turning the dryer on.