It is recommended to check the care label on the wool item, as some wool items may be labeled as machine washable, in which case you can follow the instructions provided.
Dos and don’ts of washing wool in the washing machine
Step by step guide to washing wool in the washing machine
Check the care label
Check the care label on the wool item to see if it is machine washable. If it is, check for any specific instructions or recommendations.
Prepare the washing machine
Set your washing machine to a delicate or wool cycle with a cool water temperature. Add a gentle, wool-specific detergent to the detergent compartment.
Prepare the wool item
Turn the garment inside out to minimize friction and pilling. Place the garment in a mesh laundry bag to further protect it during the wash cycle.
Wash the wool item
Start the washing machine and let it complete the cycle. Once the cycle is complete, remove the wool item from the machine.
Dry the wool item
Gently reshape the garment to its original size and lay it flat on a towel to air dry. Do not hang the garment to dry, as this can cause it to stretch out of shape. Allow the wool item to dry completely before wearing it again.
FAQs washing wool in the washing machine
Is it safe to wash all types of wool in a washing machine?
No, not all types of wool can be safely washed in a washing machine. Some wool items, such as those made from fine or delicate wool fibers, may require special care or may not be suitable for machine washing. It’s always best to check the care label on the wool item before washing it in a machine or to consult a professional cleaner for advice.
Can I use regular laundry detergent to wash wool in a washing machine?
It is not recommended to use regular laundry detergent to wash wool in a washing machine, as it can be too harsh and may damage the delicate fibers. Instead, use a gentle, wool-specific detergent that is designed to protect the natural oils in wool fibers and keep them soft and supple.
Can I speed up the drying process by using a dryer to dry wool items?
No, it is not recommended to use a dryer to dry wool items. The heat can cause wool fibers to shrink or lose their shape, and the tumbling action can cause excessive friction and pilling. Instead, lay the wool item flat on a towel to air dry, and gently reshape it to its original size as it dries.