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For the longest time I was afraid to use any kind of wool product. It's not because I didn't believe the benefits of using wool (for example, did you know that wool can hold three times its weight in liquid?) it was because I was terrified of ruining anything that had the word “wool” in it. Then after quite a few nighttime leaking issues with my son when he was cloth diapered I decided to give wool soakers a try. I fell in love and let me tell you it is NOT as scary as I had thought it was.
Here it is, your easy how to wash wool tutorial!
1. First things first fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water and 1 tsp. (depends on the soap) of wash per gallon of water. If you use a washing machine (which is not recommended) do not use the rinse or spin cycle.
2. Next submerge your wool into the water. Gently squeeze the wool so that the water is completely absorbed. Remember, wool is a natural water repellent and as you can see from my picture you really do need to work that water in.
3. Soak for 15 minutes, then drain water and again gently squeeze excess into the sink. If you use a product like Eucalan you do not need to rinse the wool.
4. Lay FLAT to air dry. Never ever put wool into the dryer unless of course you're trying to make baby doll clothes!
See, it's not so scary is it? And it really doesn't take any time. Do you use wool? If not, what's holding you back? Here's to counting sheep while our woolen dreams are safely tucked away!