How To Wash Wool Nappy Covers it’s easy! Read on for information on washing wool soakers:
Some information about hand knitted wool soakers (we currently stock Disana Organic Wool Covers):
- Wool is an amazing natural fibre, it has the ability to be warming and cooling due to small pockets of air within it’s fibres which provide not only insulation but breathability as well. This means baby is not going to overheat wearing wool and their skin is kept as dry and fresh as possible.
- Wool is hydrophobic – meaning that, like fleece, it is water-repellant…. once combined with the application of lanolin to waterproof the wool fibres (you can buy solid, liquid, spray on or wool wash with lanolin added) this water repelling quality is boosted considerably.
- Wool can also act as an extra layer of absorption, it can actually soak up to 30% of it’s weight in moisture without feeling wet, and due to the fibre’s air pockets it will still work to maintain airflow and repel the moisture its not absorbing back into the nappy.
- Wool soakers don’t have to be washed after every wear (unless they are soiled), just air them out and the smell will be gone before you need them next.
- Wool is resistant to mould and mildew.
- Wool does not soil easily and when it is time to clean and lanolise, it is an easy process as explained below.
- Good quality wool is extremely strong and durable and will last through many nights of heavy wetting!
How to care for a Wool Cover:
Wool soakers are easy to care for but not as easy as throwing in a washing machine. Disana Organic Wool Soakers are hand-wash only. Any wool soaker to be used as a waterproofing layer (especially over night nappies) needs to be made from hand-wash only high quality unprocessed wool. Wools that are machine-washable have an extra protective coating which messes with the lanolin’s ability to work and also with the wool fibre’s absorption qualities.
To wash wool covers and lanolise, you will need:
- Hot and cold water and a wash basin or bucket,
- Wool wash,
- Lanolin (Lansinoh is perfect if you have some left over from the early days of breast feeding),
- A dry towel
Steps to wash wool:
- Fill the basin with enough warm water to cover the soaker and add the recommended quantity of wool wash,
- Turn soaker inside out, submerge it in the wash water and gently squeeze the fibres to work the water through,
- Leave it to soak for a minimum of 20-30 minutes,
- Remove soaker from the water and gently squeeze the excess water out.
Steps to lanolise wool:
- Empty the wash water out of the basin and add some hot water,
- Squeeze a pea-sized amount of lanolin out of the tube (if using Lansinoh or similar, otherwise follow manufacturer instructions on the packaging) and work it into the hot water until it has dissolved,
- Add enough cool water to cover the soaker and bring water down to a warm temperature,
- With soaker still inside out, submerge it in the lanolin water and gently squeeze the fibres to work the water and lanolin through,
- Leave it to soak for a minimum of 2-30 minutes or overnight if possible,
- Remove soaker from the water and gently squeeze the excess water out,
- Lay dry towel out flat and place soaker on top, roll the soaker up in the towel and gently squeeze it to remove as much extra water as you can,
- Place damp soaker flat in the shade to dry.
If you are more of a visual, video watching type then keep reading! I was going to do my own clip of washing and lanolising but really I would be repeating what is shown in the best step by step demo I’ve seen – by Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba.
Washing and lanolising wool nappy covers:
Now go wash those beautiful woollies and get some good nights’ sleep!!