Caring for Wool

Caring for Wool (is much easier than you think!)

Untreated wool is to be washed as seldom as possible in order to retain its natural lanolin. After wearing your woolen item, place it to “air-out” (over a door-knob, back of chair).  If your woolen product becomes wet, just let air-dry or dry over a mild heat source. You’ll notice the cleansing smell of lanolin. The lanolin goes to work removing bacteria & odors, as the moisture evaporates away.

Wash your item when you feel it retains odors when dry or just seems less fresh…you may be able to go weeks between washings, even with daily wear.  Items not worn directly against your skin or less often can go even longer between washings.

Wool is best washed by hand, in lukewarm water, with a lanolin-replenishing soap.  Use just enough <a href="/products/lanolin-soap">Lanolin-Replenishing Soap</a>  to keep the water sudsy.  Swoosh your woolens gently in the water, then let them soak for 10-15 minutes.  Rinse with lukewarm water.  If heavily soiled, you may want to first wash in shampoo or a mild detergent, then wash a second time with lanolin-replenishing soap.  Gently squeeze water out of wool.  Roll in a terry cloth or place in washer on spin only, to remove excess water. Give each item a quick, brisk shake to regain its shape, then lay or hang to dry.  For woolen long-underwear, stretch the garment by length prior to laying it out to dry, to help regain its original length. Hocosa woolens may tolerate an occasional washing in the water on the delicate cycle (remember to stretch them by length when you take them out), but never tumble dry! 

Small spots can be cleaned by rinsing & gently rubbing the spot under the faucet in lukewarm water. If pilling should occur with LANACare products, natural bristle brushes or specially designed wool brushes can be used to smooth out wool surface.

Please see separate Care Instructions for Nursing Pads.

Placing natural wool in direct sunlight to dry may slightly discolor the natural wool.

If storing your wool for extended periods of time, we recommend placing in a sealed plastic bag, (please make sure they have dried thoroughly if washed prior to storage) or in a cedar-lined closet or drawer (cedar repelled moths).