Saturday, 6 February 2010

Washing Wool Diaper Covers

I get asked numerous questions about my decision to cloth diaper, and I get asked a huge amount of questions about using wool and how to care for it.

Instead of me typing up practically the same thing, check out this fabulous and informative post, All About Wool over at my friend Amanda's blog The Eco-Friendly Family. She shows many different styles of wool covers and lists the natural benefits of wool. So, long story short, wool diaper covers are natural, waterproof, and dangerously cute.

So back to the point of this post, How do I wash wool covers? Here's my method.
With lukewarm water fill a clean sink. Squirt in a couple of teaspoons of Woolie Wash. I use this: Ewe Need It Liquid Woolie Wash. (For easy homemade wool wash, fill a glass jar with water and microwave until warm. Add a squirt of baby wash and a glob of Lansinoh, put a lid on it and shake the H out of it). After you add your woolie wash, swish it around to get it good and mixed up. Put in your wool items and press against the bottom of the sink until all the bubbles are out. Be gentle with it, wool is extremely temperamental. Leave it in the water for about a half an hour, or in my case. whenever you remember it. Squeeze the water out of your wool. Lay down a bath towel and set your wool on top of it in a single layer. Starting at one end, roll up the towel. Leave it rolled up for a half hour or so. This really helps cut down on drying time. Next, lay your wool out and reshape if needed. I dry my wool on kitchen cooling racks so that it's exposed to air on the top and bottom. So there you have it, your wool is now washed and lanolized.

So, on another note...These are my favorite places to shop for wool:
Mary's Little Knits
Happy Bum Baby
Monkey Snuggles
Three Happy Trees (pictured below)


  1. As an FYI, you can also put the wool in your washer and run the spin cycle only. I find that it cuts the drying time down by AT LEAST half. Very important if you're like me and forget to wash until the last minute! They usually will dry overnight in this case...

  2. That's awesome! I'm going to try that next time. And yes, I definitely forget to wash until the last minute too.

  3. The spin cycle works! I've been doing this for a little while now and I love it. I can't believe how well it works :D


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