*** Caring for you wool nappy cover ***
Wool is easier to care for than other fibres, though the process is different. Since wool is self cleaning, it will only need to be washed/ lanolised every few weeks to a month (depending on wool rotation and soiling.) Provided nappy changes occur regularly, prior to the nappy becoming overly saturated to dampen the inner wool, a single can continue to be used throughout the day and a different one for the night. After using the woolly, turn it inside out and hang to air out/dry and use a different woolly for night. Should a woolly become soiled with wee, turn it inside out and air dry it. Once it is dry, it will smell fresh again. When a woolly loses its fresh scent when dry, this is the que to wash/ lanolise it again.
If your woolly becomes slightly soiled prior to needing a full wash and lanolin treatment. You may spot clean it in the area by applying a mild soap/baby wash, or dish-soap to to help lift stains, to the affected area and gently rubbing. Then rinse the area cleaned and hang to dry.
Woolly lanolin treatments can be prolonged by using a spray lanolin to top up lanolin on woolly between uses as well.
When your woolly becomes less water resistant or whiffy after airing it is time to wash/lanolise.
Okay, wool is not as scary to wash as it seems. ☺ However, it is best to use simple baby wash for a wool wash or unscented wool wash bar for washing hand-dyed woollies. The reason being, fragrance oil and essential oils can cause your woolly colour to bleed. And normal detergents are too harsh for wool. Woolite wool detergent is a no-no as well.
So, for washing your own woolly, it is best to wash in the clean sink or bucket separately the first few washes with tepid water, a squirt of baby shampoo, and a splash of white vinegar (or sprinkle of citric acid if you have to hand.) The vinegar will ensure the dye stays set and is a natural antibacterial.
Squish the baby wash and vinegar around and place the woolly in and let soak for about 30 minutes. If longer is fine. You do not need to time it or babysit. ?
Then, when you are ready, give the wool a few squeezes in the soak and remove it. You can rinse by hand if you want as well.
- Boil the kettle and get a mug out (or 2 if you would like some tea).
- Fill a mug 3/4 way and add a tea spoon of solid lanolin and let the lanolin melt on its own for a few minutes ( perfect time to make that tea ?) then once melted squirt about about a teaspoon of baby wash in an still with a clean spoon. It should become a white milky substance. If not....add a bit more baby wash until white milky substance. It goes quite easily....don't worry.
- One done there. Fill the sink or bucket with enough tepid water to cover your wool and pour the lanolin mix in. Squish it around so the mix blend well and put your wool in (make sure wool is inside-out) and make sure it is submerged.
- Let soak for at least 30 minutes or more. Best results is overnight. Then when done. Take wool out and squeeze (not ring) water out. From here you can either lay the wool in a dry towel and room it up to press the remaining water out. Or, as I do, pop the Wool in the wash machine and put it through the spin cycle. From the wash they dry super quick! Then you are finished.
I would recommend adding the splash of vinegar to you wash of wool for the first few washes. You could do this through a wool wash cycle in the machine as well. If in the front-load machine, I would add 1/2 cup vinegar *in the detergent drawer* and squirt baby wash directly in wash. Then lanolin as stated above.
- Hang to dry. Viola!