For some reason wool can seem a little scary. I know that it took me two years to finally try wool and after I did I kicked myself for not trying it sooner. It’s not hard to care for or hard to wash at all after average use.
But what if your wool gets messy? The other morning K’s fitted didn’t hold everything in and the last thing I wanted to do was hand wash a wool cover with poo on it so I didn’t. I sprayed it off with my diaper sprayer and put it in the washing machine. Yes, the washing machine.
Before I go any further, hand washing is the preferred method for washing wool. While this worked fine for me, it may not work for everyone so proceed with caution. I assume zero responsibility if damage occurs.
Okay, with that said, I decided to throw caution to the wind and with a sweaty brow and some heart palpitations, I put my wool in the washer. I’m a rebel so why not?
- I used the hand wash setting with cool water. If you don’t have a cool setting, I would probably choose cold instead.
- Once there was a decent amount of water in the drum, I squirted in some of my liquid wool wash. My wool wash contains lanolin so you probably don’t want to make this a habit. I also rub the cover with my wool wash bar after the covers are wet in the machine and this works great, too.
- Set the washer to a low spin.
- Lay your wool covers flat to dry. A nice bonus to this method is that they air dry really quickly after being in the spin cycle!
Guess what? My wool didn’t fall apart, get all pilly, or shrink to the size of a doll diaper. It came out perfectly fine. While I don’t and won’t wash my wool like this every time, for the occasional nasty mess? Why not?
Have you tried washing wool in the washer? What was your experience?
Update 6/2/14: I still wash my wool in the washer and it’s still perfectly fine. In fact, I never hand wash it anymore.
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