All About Wool
Wool is an incredible natural fibre. Insulating, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, hygroscopic, comfortable and more.
Some avoid wearing and using wool because of the washing and caring instructions. But wool can be easy to clean with these helpful tips and suggestions. Wool is naturally odour resistant and works to wick moisture away from our bodies, and thus does not hold onto odours.
Wool is comprised of microscopic scales that when agitated with too much hot water and friction can cause felting or shrinking. It is best to wash wool in cool water with mild soap and gentle care.
MACHINE WASHING WOOL
Always check your label. Garments labeled as washable can go in the washing machine and may sometimes be tumble-dried without the worry of shrinkage.
For the best results:
Set the machine for gentle action at a short cycle.
Set the water temperature at cool or lukewarm.
Use a mild soap or detergent that contains no bleach.
If it’s the powdered variety, make sure it is completely dissolved.
HAND WASHING WOOL
A quick hand wash is an excellent way to clean wool.
Follow these suggestions when laundering woolen garments labeled hand-washable.
Wash in lukewarm or cold water using a mild soap or liquid detergent (which contains no bleach)
Soak for 3-5 minutes, gently squeezing suds through without twisting or wringing the garment.
Rinse twice in clean water that is the same temperature as the wash water.
Gently squeeze out excess water and roll the garment in a towel to absorb excess water.
Dry away from sunlight and direct heat.
STORING WOOLEN ITEMS
When storing your favorite wool treasures, be sure the item is clean and dry, then fold and store loosely in an airtight container. Try using cedar instead of mothballs. Cedar has a fresh, woodsy scent and is a natural moth repellant. Using cedar keeps you from having that “old-man” stench stuck on your clothes. Another cedar tip, is to try hanging your fine, wool suits on cedar hangers. Not only do they smell great, but they absorb the moisture from daily wear.
(This info is from American Wool)