That's how I like my washing instructions. So, here you go in a few easy steps ...
- Fill your bathroom sink with cool water
- Add cover, don't agitate, just let it sit for a minute
- Drain sink and gently squeeze cover by folding and pressing
- Fill your bathroom sink with warm water
- Add 1-2 T of wool wash and swish around
- Add wool cover (inside out) and push under water
- Allow cover to soak for 15 minutes
- Drain water and gently squeeze cover by folding and pressing
- Fill sink with cool water and add cover to rinse
- Drain water and gently squeeze cover by folding and pressing again
- Transfer to a large bath towel and roll to remove excess water
- Lay cover on a flat surface indoors, re-shape, and allow to air dry for 24 hours
- Gentleness is key. Don't let your wool cover hang when wet and don't agitate or manipulate the fibers. By hand washing you are giving your wool ultimate care - more care than the delicate cycle. Treat it special :)
- Wool does not need to be washed after every wear, feel free to wash every 2 weeks unless heavily soiled
- If there is poo on the cover, pre-treat with an olive oil bar soap or wool soap bar
- You can also lightly lanolize with each wash by melting a teaspoon of lanolin in hot water and adding to the above wash steps. This doesn't have to be done every time. You can age when your wool needs more lanolin by how well it is absorbing moisture.
- Here, here, and here give you some more extensive details about washing wool.
Doesn't all this hand washing make you feel a little like Ma Ingalls? Happy wash day mamas!!!