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I was wondering if you have ever done an article on caring for wool? I have just purchased my first wool cover to try and solve our night-time wetting problems, but am really unfamiliar with how to care for it.
How often does it need to be lanolized? How do I clean it? What is the difference between knit and interlock wool?
Thanks so much!
Hi Karyn! Wool is much easier to care for than you’d think. When I was using wool every night, I would turn the soaker inside-out to dry in the morning, and when it started to smell a little funky after drying, that was my cue to wash it (maybe once every 2-3 weeks.) I used Eucalan, but there are other brands out there.
When I washed, I used the utility sink in my laundry room, added a few inches of lukewarm water, poured a bit of eucalan in the sink and swished. Then I added the wool and squeezed it to work the wash through. I usually turned them inside out as well and let them soak a bit before draining and gently pressing excess water out against the side of the sink. Next I’d have 2-3 stacks of two hand towels per item. Lay the item on the towels, roll the towels up, and press. Unroll, move to a fresh set of towels and repeat until you have gotten most of the water out. Then lay flat to dry the rest of the way.
For lanolizing, some people use a lanolin containing wool wash, and don’t do anything else. Others use spray on lanolin in the wet zone, still others use a lanolin nipple cream melted in warm water. I used liquid lanolin (purchased from the health & beauty department of my local organic store.
I would lanolize my wool when it just didn’t seem to be performing as well as it had been, or when it didn’t seem to stay clean as long. Lanolin can leave stains on wool, so I typically added the lanolin to a small amount of very hot water first, then mixed it in with lukewarm water before adding the wool. Typically I would add the wool inside out, let it soak, squeeze it a bit, soak some more, squeeze, turn it right side out etc etc.
Wool interlock looks like a fabric (it is a knitted fabric) and can usually be “felted” (intentionally shrinking/kinking the fibers.) It is great for night time use. They tend to be durable, and some can even be machine washed (check with the manufacturer.) A hand knit wool soaker (made from yarn, looks like a sweater) is generally more breathable, but not quite as appropriate for night time. You can also easily turn a beautiful knit soaker into a doll soaker if you accidentally wash it! Lots of people love the look of a knitted wool item, but I prefer the look of interlock myself.
Do you have any tips on caring for wool?
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