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 first use.

Supplies Needed
Lanoline
Hot Water
Small Jar with Lid
Basin or Sink
Tepid Water

  1. Take a pea size amount of solid lanolin. (Eucalan or a specialty product will work such as Sudz n Dudz Lanoline or Lanolin Balm).
  2. Melt the pea sized lanoline in a small jar of hot, hot water.
  3. Add a drop of baby shampoo or other specialty wool care soap to the jar and shake gently to help emulsify (suspend) the lanolin in the water.
  4. Add this mixture to a basin/sink of tepid (not hot or cool more like baby bath temp) water.
  5. Gently stir mixture.
  6. Then immerse wool product in the basin for 15-30 minutes.
  7. Remove wool. Press out excess water.
  8. Roll gently in a towel.
  9. Air dry. (Depending on the item this may take from 12-48 hours.)
  10. 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 shampoos to clean and condition the wool. Use a liquid or solid wool soap specially designed for washing your wool.

Supplies Needed
Wool Soap (Liquid or Solid)
Basin or Sink
Tepid Water

  1. Rinse wool product in tepid water.
  2. Fill a basin/sink with tepid water.
  3. 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 items together.
  4. If using a bar wool soap, lightly lather the bar under the water as you fill the basin.
  5. Gently immerge you wool into the tepid soapy water.
  6. Treat any stains as listed in the Stain Removal section.
  7. Gently move the water in and around the wool in the sink for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Consider if your wool needs relanolized, if not proceed to next step. If so, refer to Refresher Lanolizing.
  9. Remove wool. Press out excess water.
  10. 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.

Lanolin 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.

Lanolin 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 Lanolin: follow the steps 1-9 above for the Initial Lanolizing. Usually #8 can also be accomplished by spinning out in the washing machine.

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.