Ever since I got into this, I'm often asked how to care for our wool. I think, what people really mean when they ask is: Isn't it a huge pain in the neck?
No, it's really not. Once you know a few basics, washing wool is no more of a hassle than washing a load of whites.
The first thing to know, is that wool does not need to be washed as often as other fabrics.
Unlike materials like cotton or linen, wool repels both moisture and bacteria, so nothing much really bites.
Many spots can simply be brushed off, wiped off with a damp cloth or rinsed away with tap water. Afterwards, hang your wool to air out a little bit, and it will be as good as new.
You probably don’t want to avoid machine washing completely, though. And when it's time, there are some things worth keeping in mind.
You’ll want to stay away from bleach and fabric softeners completely, and use a special wool detergent to preserve the wool fibers’ softness. We highly recommend The Wool & Cashmere Shampoo made by our friends at The Laundress.
To avoid shrinkage, avoid hot water and rapid temperature changes. Most of our wool can be washed on a warm cycle, but I still usually run my wool on a cold-cold delicate cycle.
Finally, while not all wool can be tumble dried, our baby wool can be tumble dried on low heat. Tumble driers are, however, tough on all clothes – not just wool – so if you have the time and space to hang your baby’s woolens to dry, you may want to consider it.