Friday, March 27, 2009

How We Cloth Diaper Part Two- Caring for Wool

Caring for wool diaper wraps/covers is not nearly as difficult or scary as I once believed it to be!

Here's a quick rundown of my routine:

Spot wash any messes immediately with a wool wash bar. Don't use water that ice-cold or it will shock the wool. Not too hot either!

Wool only needs to be washed every 1-4 weeks (depending on who you asked) and lanolized even less. Here's my routine that includes lanolizing. If it wasn't needed, the process would be exactly the same, just without the lanolin (duh!).

Assemble your supplies. I use Eucalan wool wash, Lansinoh Lanolin (yes, the same thing nursing mamas use!), and liquid lanolin for in-between quick lanolizing.

Here's our brand-new Stacinator ready to go!

First, run the hot water in your sink to melt the lanolin. If you look closely, you can see about half an inch in there.

Once the lanolin has melted (no clumps!) add your wool wash and turn down the water! Water that is too hot will shrink your wool. It should be lukewarm.

Add the cover, face down in the sink and let it sit for 15-30 minutes.

Once the time is up, drain the water from the sink.

Gently squeeze out the water, but don't wring or twist the cover. Then roll it in a towel to press out as much water as possible.

Lay the cover flat to dry in a warm place, but not in the direct sun. It usually takes about 24 hours. Voila! Enjoy your wool!

In a pinch, I also soften the Lansinoh on my hands and gently work it into dry wool and do the same with the liquid. Read more about wool care here and here.

1 comment:

  1. thanks for your info on washing wool covers. we don't use wool soakers yet, but i am thinking of knitting up some and making some from old sweaters - we're on our 3rd kid, and our first set of waterproof covers are all wearing out.

    we use a felted wool blanket as a cosleeping pad for my son, and i love it, so i thought i'd try some wool soakers, too.