Dos and don’ts of washing merino wool
Step by step guide to washing merino wool
Check the care label: Before washing your merino wool garment, check the care label to determine if it is machine washable or if it requires hand washing.
Fill a basin with cool water: If your merino wool garment requires hand washing, fill a basin with cool water. Add a wool-specific detergent to the water and mix well.
Wash the garment gently: Place the garment in the water and gently agitate it for a few minutes, being careful not to stretch or rub the fibers too much. Pay special attention to any stained areas or areas with heavy soil.
Rinse thoroughly: After washing the garment, rinse it thoroughly with cool water to remove all the detergent. Gently squeeze out the excess water from the garment.
Dry the garment flat: Lay the garment flat on a clean towel and gently roll it up to remove any remaining water. Then, lay the garment flat on another clean towel to dry. Avoid hanging or using a dryer, as this can cause the garment to stretch out of shape.
FAQs washing merino wool
Can merino wool be washed in a washing machine?
Yes, some merino wool garments can be washed in a washing machine. However, it’s important to check the care label on the garment to determine if it is machine washable, and to use a gentle cycle and wool-specific detergent.
Can merino wool be dried in a dryer?
It’s not recommended to dry merino wool in a dryer, as the heat and tumbling can cause the garment to stretch out of shape or shrink. Instead, lay the garment flat on a clean towel to dry.
Can I use regular laundry detergent to wash merino wool?
No, it’s not recommended to use regular laundry detergent to wash merino wool, as it can be too harsh and cause damage to the delicate fibers. It’s best to use a wool-specific detergent, which is designed to clean wool without causing damage.