Wool Care

Washing your wool

Make sure you wash you wool first to get any salt/urine buildup washed out

  • You can use a specific brand of wool wash or simply use baby shampoo, simply soak woolies in tepid water
  • Drain water and gently squeeze out excess water making sure not to wring or twist wet wool

How to Lanolize Wool Diaper Covers(Soakers/Longies/Shorties)

Before using  wool for the first time, it will need to be lanolized (if you are using it for cloth diapering purposes). After the initial lanolizing, you only need to re-lanolize your cover as needed which will depend on how often you are using your cover (or when you notice less waterproof-ness).
Items needed:
  • Wool cover turned inside out
  • Small glass container (preferably with a lid) filled with a small amount of boiling water
  • Lanolin (I recommend pure lanolin, such as the Lansinoh brand)
  • Few drops of baby soap (keeps lanolin from clumping up when poured over woolies)
  • Sink filled with tepid (lukewarm) water
  • Towel
  1. Fill sink with tepid water and submerge woolies turned inside out.
  2. In glass container filled with boiling water, add a few drops of natural soap or baby soap and  a ¼-1 inch of lanolin (depending on how heavy a wetter your baby is)
  3. Cover glass jar with lid tightly and shake vigorously
  4. Add this lanolin mixture to a sink of tepid water and ever so slightly agitate
  5. Soak for at least 15 minutes (I typically soak overnight)
  6. Remove wool (do not twist or squeeze) and  gently place on a towel and roll up “jelly roll style” to squeeze out excess water
  7. Lay flat or line dry(be careful with line drying you don’t stretch the wool)

If you have a very heavy wetter try rubbing a small amount of lanolin in the wet zone areas for extra coverage or use a wool spray

*It is very important you do not combine the washing and lanolizing process as you do need separate steps for cleaning your wool of mineral buildup and lanolizing it to  achieve proper ‘water proofness’ for use with your cloth diapers