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wool care instructions

The instructions below will come with my kit on a poster that you can hang in your laundry room or kitchen. But why not start today to master your laundry skills with these tips and tricks?

freshen up!

Wool doesn’t need washing too often; it has antimicrobial   properties which makes it fairly odour-resistant. Hanging your woollens out for a few hours usually does the trick. You should really only wash when absolutely necessary. I suggest you wash them at the beginning or end of the season.

follow the rules

In general I recommend to wash wool on a low temperature. Before you start
washing, check the label of the garment for special instructions.

use your hands

Hand washing is always your best option, unless the labels says the garment can only be dry cleaned.

dry clean with caution

Sometimes dry cleaning your woollens is recommended, for example when your garment is lined with special fabrics like silk, or for some suits and other formal wear made from finely woven wool. Dry cleaning is a very chemical process but there are some environmentally friendly alternatives. Ask your dry cleaner about ‘wet cleaning’ and ‘carbon dioxide cleaning’.

match the colours

To save water, energy, and detergent,
you can wash multiple woollies
simultaneously. Just make sure they’re
the same colour!

take it slow

If your washing machine has a special wool cycle, then that’s a pretty good option too! Set the temperature to 20°C and turn the spin off or on the lowest setting. Add a small dissolved piece of a shampoo bar or baby shampoo to the machine. After the cycle, take your garments out immediately.

just like hair

Wool is made of hair which likes to be shampooed. I know mine does! Choose a cleanser carefully, but don’t worry if you don’t have a specialty product at home. Simply go for a regular mild shampoo (bar) or baby shampoo.

welcome to the spa

Squirt a bit of delicate wool detergent (available as bars and in bottles) into a sink or basin and fill with 20 – 30°C water. Turn the garment inside out, submerge it, and swish it around to allow the soap to penetrate the fibres. Rinse the garment twice to remove all soapy residue. Don’t wring out wool clothing, as they can lose their shape.

give it a rest

Never ever use the dryer, but leave your items to dry slowly indoors. Place your garment flat on a drying rack or a towel to prevent it from losing its shape. It’s best to store wool items folded, hanging can change the shape and leave marks.

grease lightning

After using and washing wool for a very long time, the natural water resistance will decrease due to the loss of the wool’s natural lanolin grease. Re-greasing can sometimes revive a garment and can be done with a special lanolin bath.

no mercy for moths

To prevent pesky moths from laying eggs in your woollies you can use natural repellents such as cedar wood, lavender, and cloves. I like to make little anti-moth packs which I store with my garb. You can also use a room spray with essential oils to spray into your closet, not directly on your clothes.

bag it up

Seeing lots of tiny moth holes? Time to take action quick! Grab everything out of your closet and quarantine them in sealed plastic bags, and chuck them in the freezer. Leave them be for 72 hours, and only then wash your clothes to fully kill the moth larvae and eggs.

These instructions are part of Wimpy.

Wimpy is a kit with tools, materials and manuals to make the woollens in your wardrobe last a lifetime… from removing pill and snags to fixing holes and best laundry practices.