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How to Care for your Wool Cover
How to Wash your Wool Cloth Diaper Cover
How frequently should I wash my wool cover?
You should wash your wool cover every few weeks, whenever it is dirty or begins to stink. Lanolising can be done once a month or whenever you notice the cover is becoming less water resistant.
What do I need in order to wash and lanolize my wool cover?
The following is a short list of things you need to have on hands when you want to wash or lanolize your wool cover:
If you just need to lanolize, I recommend doing step 1 and then skipping to step 4.
Step 1 - RINSE: Remove urine residue from your cover by rinsing your cover well under running lukewarm water. It is important to remove the urine residue before you wash and lanolize as the urine residue can begin to break down the wool fibers and also cause your cover to stink. When finished, gently squeeze out any excess water.
Step 2 - SPOT TREAT: Using a gentle soap, such as an Olive Oil Soap Bar, wash the wool well and spot treat any stains and rub them out. Olive Oil soap will thoroughly clean your wool, but very gently so it will help prolong the life of the wool fibers, but you can also use a gentle baby shampoo, Eucalan or any wool wash bar/soap will do.
Step 3 - WASH: Fill a basin with lukewarm water. Saturate your cover with water, add some wool wash and thoroughly, but gently handwash your wool cover. Let the cover soak in the basin for about 10-15 minutes. Then rinse your cover with more lukewarm water until the water runs clear.
Step 4 - LANOLIZE (as needed): There are many different products that you could use to lanolise your wool with. You can even create your own wool wash using lanolin you may have on hand if you breastfeed - you can use Medela Pure Lan or Lansinoh Lanolin.
Step 5 - DRYING: Drain your sink or tub and gently squeeze out the excess water from the wool cover. No need to rinse it. Lay the wool cover on a towel and roll it to get out the remaining excess water. Lay the wool cover flat on a towel to dry.
Helpful Wool Care Hints:
Commonly Used Wool Care Terms and Jargon:Felting: a process of tightly binding together wool fibers using heat. With regards to wool covers, felting refers to shrinking. Most wool is felted to some extent, but wool can always be shrunk more. Never dry your wool in the dryer!
Lanolin: a waxy substance found on sheep's wool and extracted from shorn wool.
In nature, lanolin protects the skin and wool of the animal. Lanolin can be reintroduced to wool items to help make them waterproof and protect against dirt.
Longies: long wool pants used a cloth diaper cover
Shorties: shorts made of wool that are used as a cloth diaper cover
Soaker: a wool diaper cover. Can also refer to the absorbent material in the middle of a cloth diaper.
Tepid water: lukewarm or room temperature
Wicking: to absorb or draw off liquid. In the case of wool covers, wicking can be a good thing. Wool has the amazing ability to be water resistant and to absorb up to 30% of its weight in liquid. You want your wool to wick the moisture from the diaper underneath into the wool cover. However, if you find your wool cover wicking through onto clothes, you may want to add additional absorbency to the diaper and/or lanolize your wool cover.
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