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How to Wash Wool and Keep it Beautiful

How to Wash Wool and Keep it Beautiful

Kristin Holler

You know we have fallen in love with wool and we can't wait to share that love with you. 

Here's our approachable guide to washing wool. It's easier than you think and can be done at home. Discover our best tips and tricks for keeping your blankets (and any other wool you may have) as beautiful as the day you bought them.

Caring For Wool:

Freshen Up: 

Wool is naturally breathable which allows any moisture it may pick up to dissipate. Lucky for you, this means you can get away with washing it less than other fibres, and less washing prolongs the lifespan of the material and is better for the planet. So before you try washing, have a go at letting your blanket hang outside for a couple of hours on a dry day to refresh your wool. 

Spot Treat:

If your wool is stained in one place, try spot treating with a bit of wool soap. Wet the spot, then gently work the soap in the stained area. Remove soap and dirt with a cloth that does not leave lint behind. Instead of sponges and paper towels, try soft towels or an old pillowcase. Be sure to remove all soap by dampening the cloth and repeating the process.

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When wool fibres become loose, they form little balls or pills. Pilling is a direct result of friction (which naturally occurs with movement), so the more you use your wool, the more likely it is to pill. Good news is, pilling is easy to take care of with a de-pilling comb (also known as bobble remover). Just glide the comb in one direction over target areas to leave renewed yarns behind. 


Washing And Drying Wool:

Hand Wash: 

Ideal for Lambswool. Possible for Merino and Cashmere.

Hand washing wool is pretty straightforward, and for the most part, you just let water and  soap do its thing. Fill your sink or bathtub with lukewarm water (85º F or less) and add some wool soap, which is a gentle laundry detergent specially made for washing wool and delicates. Mix it in well before adding your wool to the water. Submerge your wool into the soapy water, then let it soak for at least 10 minutes. We also highly recommend using this 10 minutes for a nice cup of coffee or tea.  

Next, give your wool a gentle swirl and give any areas that need particular attention a gentle rub with your hands. Avoid rubbing the fabric together, like you might do when you hand wash other fabrics. Friction is the key thing to avoid with wool, as that is what causes shrinking and bobbling. Remove the wool and rinse twice with clean water.


Now, this is the bit where you need to take the most care. The last thing you want to do is stretch your wool by wringing it or hanging it to dry. Instead, press the water gently, and lay your wool  flat to dry. To speed up the process, lay it on clean dry towels and roll your garment up like a swiss roll in order to squeeze out the excess water. Unroll your wool, reshape if needed, and lay flat to dry.

Storing Wool:


The best way to store your blanket is to fold it in a breathable container, like a cotton storage bag in a dark and dry place. Clean your blanket before you store it to prevent moths, which is especially important for cashmere. You can always pop some natural moth repellent, like cedar, into the container with your blanket and rest assured.

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