Updated: Mar 1
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It is an all too common occurrence. Adult sized wool sweaters are washed in warm to hot water and are left to complete a full cycle in our washing machines. They may even then be tossed into the dryer. The result: Doll sized wool sweaters. This is enough to scare anyone off from washing their wool sweaters, socks, and blankets. Do not fear! You can wash your wool!
Wool loves to stick to itself. It is this amazing property that helps us to make yarn and felt. When we place wool items into the washing machine with warm water, soap, and agitation it is a simple recipe that allows for wool fibers to stick together even more. Here is a quick guide to help you successfully launder clothing or blankets that contain wool:
1. Fill a sink or tub with cool or warm water.
2. Add a mild detergent. We use Unicorn Fiber Wash for our finished wool products.
3. Once the soap is mixed into the water, gently place your wool item into the water.
4. Immerse the item completely by gently working it into the water.
Do NOT agitate the item in the water. Do NOT scrub the item. It is the agitation and movement that can cause the wool to shrink, especially in warm or hot water.
5. Leave the wool item to soak for approximately 15-20 minutes.
6. Drain the wash water and gently press the water out of the wool item.
7. Repeat this process to rinse the soap out of the item.
8. Once this is complete and you have removed as much water as possible, lay the item flat to dry. For blankets or larger sweaters, you may wish to roll them in towels to help them dry faster.
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These guidelines are perfect for anything made from our wool roving, yarn, or felt!
Keep in mind that wool is antibacterial/antimicrobial! It repels dirt and stays quite clean. Most of your wool items will require minimal care.
If you have an item that suggests dry-clean only, be safe and take it to a dry-cleaner.
Read your labels and take care to follow suggestions by manufacturers.