Caring for wool cloth diapers is relatively easy and straightforward, but there are a few important steps you should follow to maintain the quality and effectiveness of the wool diaper covers. I can’t repeat it enough, but wool doesn’t need to be washed often. Washing topical stains is always better than washing the whole wool soaker.
Here are some guidelines for caring for your wool cloth diapers if you need to wash them by hand:
Wash moderately: It’s important to wash your wool cloth diapers if you need to remove any dirt, urine, and other waste. You can wash your wool cloth diapers in a washing machine using a gentle wool-specific detergent and wool friendly setting on your machine. Avoid using hot water, fabric softeners, sudden changes in temperature e.g. going from really cold to very hot water and high heat, as they can damage the wool fibers.
Rinse thoroughly: Make sure to rinse your wool cloth diapers thoroughly to remove any remaining detergent. This will help to keep your diapers clean and free from any skin irritation. Don’t wring or rub to dry! It’s best to place the wool soaker between a towel, roll it up and gently squeeze out the excess water. Let air dry.
Air-dry: After washing, air-drying your wool cloth diapers is the best option. The heat from a dryer can shrink or damage the wool fibers, so hang your diapers in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight and heat sources to avoind sudden changes in temperature which can make the wool soakers felt.
Re-lanolize: Over time, the natural oils in wool can be stripped away, leaving your diapers less effective. To restore the waterproofing qualities of your wool cloth diapers, you can re-lanolize them using a lanolin-based product. Disana sells a good wool lanolin treatment product. Simply add a small amount of the lanolin treatment product to hot water to help it dissolve. Add as much cold water untill it reaches the desired temperature. Add your clean, wool soaker and let sit for as long as needed, no longer than half an hour, gently squeezing and massaging it to spread the lanonlin evenly. For a daily fresh up, use a lanolin spray. Dry the wool soaker between to towels and let them air dry.