Wool is a wonderful material; it is a natural and beautiful fiber, it works with your body to keep you warm, and it continues to bloom and soften as time passes. BUT, woolens sometimes require special care. Below are instructions for what I believe to be the best way to wash and store your woolens.
1. Choose a gentle, non lathering wool wash (My favorite is Eucalan Lavender Delicate Wash).
2. Fill a bucket or sink with lukewarm water (about 2-3 gallons). Water that is too hot or cold could felt the wool or alter the color of your item.
3. Pour 1 Tbsp. of wool wash into the water and swirl with your hand to distribute.
4. Drop your item into the water and gently tap it down to submerge.
5. Let your item sit in the water for about 15-25 minutes depending on how dirty it is.
6. Pull your item from the water (wool fibers are delicate when wet so be gentle). Squeeze the item to get rid of excess water (don't twist or wring - again, be gentle).
7. Lay your item flat on a large towel, cover it with another towel, and roll it up , gently pressing so the towels absorb excess water.
8. Unroll the item, reshape it, lay it flat on a new towel, and let it air dry.
1. Gently fold your item and store it flat on a shelf, in a drawer, or in a tote. Do not hang woolens because they tend to stretch out on hangers.
2. Make sure you wash your woolens before storing them for the season, moths and pests are more attracted to soiled items. I also like to store my woolens with lavender sachets as a natural mothball alternative.