|Spot of cover soaking up water...|
I should lanolize!
I found different methods of washing and lanolizing online and eventually stuck to one that worked for me and takes about 20 mins (that includes the 15 mins of soaking!). I wash my cover every 2-3 weeks (unless soiled). It could easily go longer though...I just wash so
frequently because I'm a little bit OCD about cleaning things!
I personally use Eucalan delicate wash (For the Canadians out there, I buy it from Enfant Style Diapers in Montreal), but any mild wash should do. I've previously used Aveeno baby wash and it worked as well, you just need to make sure you rinse it well (Eucalan is no-rinse so you don't need to worry about the rinsing). Eucalan also has some lanolin in it so it helps the cover go longer between lanolizing treatments.
A few rules to follow when washing wool:
- don't use hot water or else your wool will shrink
- avoid sudden temperature changes (cold water to hot water); always use tepid water
- be gentle and don't handle the wet wool too much or else it could start to felt
- always dry it FLAT; don't hang it to dry
- a sink or bucket
- Wool wash or delicate soap (ie. baby wash)
- pure lanolin (such as Lansinoh)
- small container with a tight lid
1. Fill a sink with about 2 inches of tepid water (I like to
use the "too warm to drink, too cold to take a bath in" rule to decide the right temperature).
2. Put the cover in the water and very gently swish it around to get it wet. Turn it inside out and do the same. Pull the drain and set the cover on the side of the sink while you fill it back up with clean water. Sometimes I add a few drops of Eucalan to this water if I want a little extra cleaning (hence the bubbles).
3. Grab a small, clean container that has a tight fitting lid. Fill it with HOT water. Put 1 tsp of wash (wool wash, baby shampoo, etc) into the container along with a pea-sized amount of lanolin (if you need to lanolize, otherwise omit the lanolin).
6. If you're using a no-rinse wash, drain the water and go to step 7. If you used a baby wash or other gentle wash, drain the water and fill it once more with tepid water, swish it around, and drain.
7. Fold the cover in half or in fourths and press gently to remove some of the water. Lay out a towel on the floor, lift the wool gently out of the sink and roll it up in the towel. This will gently pull the majority of the water out of the cover.
I hope this method works for everyone else as well as it does for me. If you have any specific questions feel free to post them!
(By the way, the cover I use is a Kissaluvs Wool Lover Cover and it's fantastic! Super soft and bulletproof! Wonderful customer service as well.)