CARING FOR AND LANOLIZING WOOL
I never realized that I was missing the instructions on the website
for actually lanolizing wool. This is odd since we have been in
business for over 2.5 years now and since I have been fascinated with wool. In fact, I
have every intention of opening an online wool shop for babies at some point in this
life. So here is the long overdo instructions for caring for your wool properly.
Initial Lanolizing: Lanolizing
wool for the first time is a heavy duty process. The wool has generally had all its
natural lanoline stripped from the fibers; therefore, our need is to replenish the wool with
lanoline. Most new covers will preform better if lanolized twice with a wet method before
Jar with Lid
- Take a pea size amount of solid lanoline. (Eucalan or a
specialty product will work such as Sudz n Dudz Lanoline or Lanoline Balm).
- Melt the pea sized lanoline in a small jar of hot, hot
- Add a drop of baby shampoo or other specialty wool care soap
to the jar and shake gently to help emulsify (suspend) the lanoline in the
- Add this mixture to a basin/sink of tepid (not hot or cool
more like baby bath temp) water.
- Gently stir mixture.
- Then immerse wool product in the basin for 15-30
- Remove wool. Press out excess water.
- Roll gently in a towel.
- Air dry. (Depending on the item this may take from 12-48
- Repeat the process for new wool items.
Washing Wool: Wool is a natural fiber and just as you would not
wash your own hair in just any cleanser; likewise, we will use special shampoo's to clean
and condition the wool. Use a liquid or solid wool soap specially designed for washing your
Soap (Liquid or Solid)
- Rinse wool product in tepid water.
- Fill a basin/sink with tepid water.
- If using liquid wool soap, add about a teaspoon to about 1 quart of
water. Use approximately 1 tsp and 1 qt of water for each item when washing multilple
- If using a bar wool soap, lightly lather the bar under the water as
you fill the basin.
- Gently immerge you wool into the tepid soapy water.
- Treat any stains as listed in the Stain Removal section.
- Gently move the water in and around the wool in the sink for 1-2
- Consider if your wool needs relanolized, if not proceed to next
step. If so, refer to Refresher Lanolizing.
- Remove wool. Press out excess water.
- Refer to Drying Wool
Stain Removal: Wool can become stained from poo and berries and
other things that baby/toddlers come in contact with. One of the best methods for removing
stains is to wet the wool with tepid water and then gently scrub the Sudz n Dudz wool wash
bar directly onto the stain. Finish by lightly rinsing in tepid water.
Refresher Lanolizing: A heavy duty lanolizing is often not
needed every time you lanolize. In fact, if you use a lanoline rich soap like the Sudz
n Dudz Bars you may find that refresher lanolizing isn't needed very often. Refresher
lanolizing can be accomplished with a lanoline balm, spray lanoline, or solid lanoline.
Lanoline Balm: spread the balm on your hands and then
pat it into the soaker both inside and outside as needed. This may also be used in the
same method as the solid lanoline.
Lanoline Spray: protect the under area in case of over
spray and then spray the soaker inside and outside as needed. This may be applied to wet or
dry wool, but will increase the drying time of wet wool.
Solid Lanoline: follow the steps 1-9 above for the
Initial Lanolizing. Usually #8 can also be accomplished by spinning out in the washing
Drying Wool: Just like you are careful in the ways you dry your
own hair; you should also exhibit care when drying wool. Wool diapering products are
generally not dried in a dryer. Most often hanging to dry or laying flat to dry is
recommended. Some heavy duty soakers will dry better if turned inside-out to
right-side-out and vice versa periodically throughout the drying process. For
faster drying times, consider spinning the products out in the washing machine before
hanging or laying flat to dry.