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HOW DO I WASH MY WOOL CLOTHING AND DIAPERING ITEMS?

I always rinse diapering items thouroughly in tepid water before washing to remove any lingering urine. Fill a sink or bucket with tepid water. Add a squirt of lanolin rich wool wash. (I like Monkey Sudz liquids or Kookaburra wool wash.) Place the garment (inside out) in the water and gently squeeze the water through. Turn the garment right side out and repeat. Allow to soak for 15-20 minutes (not too long or hand-dyed yarns might start to bleed). Drain water, squeeze excess from the garment, place flat on a towel on the floor. Roll the towel and stand on it for a bit. (This is very scientific, so make sure to follow this step.) Unroll the towel, reshape the garment (use a tape measure if you have one on hand to reblock the garment to the original dimensions) and dry flat.

WHAT ABOUT LANOLIZING?

From time to time, you may want to boost your garment's water resistence. This is especially the case for sweaters worn as outerwear or diapering items. I like the following method. Wash the garment as per the instructions above. Fill the basin with tepid water and place the washed garment inside. Take a cup of water and a squirt of lanolin (I prefer liquid lanolin) and heat the water to nearly boiling (i use the microwave, but you can do this on the stovetop as well). When the water is hot and the lanolin is melted (likely floating on the surface of the water) add a drop of mild shampoo (like baby shampoo) and stir. The water should become cloudy and all yellow lanolin beads should disappear. If necessary, add more shampoo until this happens.

Go to your soaking garment, remove it from the water, pour in the lanolin mixture, and put the garment back in the water (inside out for diapering items, right side out for sweaters). Allow to soak for 20-30 minutes.

HOW DO I KEEP MY CURLY PURLY WAISTBAND CURLY PURLISH?

Wash your wool clothing frequently. When damp, gently tug the garment lengthwise, tightening the ribbing. Smooth the rest of the garment back into shape. Dry flat. For most wools, this technique every 2 or 3 times the garment is worn will keep the waistband nice and tight.

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