How to Wash and Lanolise Wool Covers

Wool covers and wraps are magical over a cloth nappy. You can even make your own with 100% wool (not superwash) if you are good at knitting or crochet!

Wool is natually breathable, temperature regulating and absorbent. When lanolised with 100% solid lanolin wool nappy covers are water repellent and make a great option for over your fitted or flat cloth nappies, especially at night.

Before first use you will need to prepare the wool nappy cover by lanolising it three times back to back, and you may find that you need to wash and lanolise weekly for the first three weeks. After three weeks of use and proper preparation, wool nappy covers can be washed and lanolised monthly unless soiled or starting to smell. They can take a while to dry so we recommend having two wool covers for continuous use.

 

For first use you will need to lanolise the nappy covers 3 times, this can be done "back to back" which means you do not need to dry the covers in between lanolin treatments. Simply prepare some luke warm water in a clean bowl, temperature should be no warmer than 30 degrees. In a mug add half a teaspoon of solid lanolin and half a teaspoon of washing up liquid or baby shampoo to boiling water. Stir until the water turns cloudy and the lanolin has dissolved and there is no lanolin floating on top. Add this mixture to your bowl of luke warm water and stir, it should turn cloudy. Add your wool cover and soak for at least an hour. Repeat this three times then gently press the wool cover (do not wring) to remove the excess water, roll the cover in a towel with gentle pressure and then lay flat to air dry. There is a useful video on instagram here.

Washing your wool cover  you will need to prepare some luke warm water in a clean bowl, temperature should be no warmer than 30 degrees. Add some wool wash or gentle soap (I use olive oil soap) and add your wool cover. Spot treat any soiling or staining and then leave to soak for 3 - 4 hours. Empty the water and then add clean luke warm water (no more than 30 degrees) to gently rinse the wool cover, again no wringing, a gentle swish should be fine. Follow with a lanolin treatment.

To lanolise your wool cover you will need to prepare some luke warm water in a clean bowl, temperature should be no warmer than 30 degrees. In a mug add half a teaspoon of solid lanolin and half a teaspoon of washing up liquid or baby shampoo to boiling water. Stir until the water turns cloudy and the lanolin has dissolved and there is no lanolin floating on top. Add this mixture to your bowl of luke warm water and stir, it should turn cloudy. Add your wool cover and soak for at least an hour, ideally 3 - 4 hours. Gently press the wool cover (do not wring) to remove the excess water, roll the cover in a towel with gentle pressure and then lay flat to air dry.

There is a useful video on how to wash and lanolise your wool cover here.