WEARING & CARING FOR WOOL
Tips for maintaining clean and soft wool.
TAKING CARE OF WOOLNobody wants smelly, itchy wool! Here’s how to keep it nice:
Wool naturally repels moisture and odor-causing bacteria, so it does not need frequent washing.
- Many spills can be dabbed away with a cloth or rinsed off with tap water
- Steer clear of bleach and fabric softeners; they can make your wool itchy
- Use a wool-safe cleaning product that preserves the lanolin
- Avoid shrinking: Hand wash your wool or use a cold-cold delicate cycle when machine washing
- Hang dry or dry flat
- Avoid tumble drying
Having an allergy to wool is very rare, yet serious. The allergic reaction comes from the naturally occuring lanolin in the wool, not the wool itself. Lanolin can be washed out with regular detergent, but will make the wool itchy and brittle. If you have a lanolin allergy, opt for another fabric.
Sheep wear their wool first, and they have what it takes to keep it soft!
- Lanolin is an all-natural oil secreted by the sheep that grow the wool
- It is essential to keeping wool soft and conditioned (AKA non-itchy!)
- Makes wool water-resistant