You should wash your wool diaper cover when:
- You purchase a brand new wool cover (all wool covers should be washed prior to use, and then lanolized two or three times before reaching optimal performance); OR
- Your used wool cover needs to be washed (you do not need to wash your wool after each use- simply air dry between uses. You will know it needs to be washed when it is stained or when it smells or urine; this may be every 2 or 3 weeks).
When your wool needs to be lanolized, follow these steps and then follow our instructions on lanolizing. You do NOT need to re-lanolize each time you wash, especially if you use a wool wash that contains lanolin (e.g. Eucalan). There is no need to dry between washing and lanolizing.
To wash wool, you will need the following items:
- A basin, sink or tub
- Lukewarm water
- Wool wash (ideally one that contains lanolin)
- One or two clean towels
- Flat surface or drying rack
- Fill your basin or sink with lukewarm water. Make sure the water is just slightly warmer than room temperature and is neither too hot nor too cold because extreme temperatures can shock the wool and cause it to felt and shrink.
- Add about a teaspoon of wool wash to the water. Swish the water around to create suds.
- Gently press your wool cover under the water. Swish the soapy water around the garment a bit to hand wash, but be careful not to wring or twist the wool while washing. You can lightly press the wool while washing, and you can turn the cover inside out if you wish. Let soak for 15 minutes.
- Drain the water out of the sink while gently supporting the wool. Gently lift the wool out of the sink, pressing it between your hands a few times to remove excess water. Do not wring the wool.
- Gently lay the wool onto the clean towel. Reshape the garment. Fold another layer of clean towel over the wool and gently roll the wool while pressing softly. Repeat two or three times. Lay the wool flat to dry on a flat drying surface, ideally one that allows air to circulate. Wool typically takes 24 hours or more to completely dry; you can turn the garment inside out halfway through the drying process to speed things along.