As the days grow shorter and the leaves are dropping, our thoughts turn to getting rugged up by the fire with our little ones. The warm nights are gone and it’s time to face the winter conditions – the gloves are on! Perhaps the ultimate winter fabric to add to your armoury is natural organic merino wool. In fact, it has so many incredible properties. Woollen clothes will keep your little ones warm, but they’re breathable, they’re lightweight but snugly, and if looked after correctly, will last for many years. To learn more about wool and other fab fabrics, check out our article on different organic fabrics here.
Don’t fear the Bleater!
We know that some mums are afraid of woollen clothes because they think that looking after them may be difficult. To help relieve you of that scare factor, we’ve put together a few do and don’ts. These will help you maintain the quality and beauty of your woollen baby clothes for many years to come.
Washing Woollen Clothes
In essence, think about treating your woollen clothes just like you would your own hair. After all, wool is hair too. Keep the temperature low, the washing powder mild and the drying process gentle and you’re winning. In addition, there’s no need to wash new woollen baby clothes before wearing them. Plus, their washing frequency can be kept to a minimum. The thing is, wool is self-cleaning. The fibres reject dirt and odours and actually neutralise most.
Machine Wash versus Hand Wash
Woollen clothes are happy being machine washed. In fact, most washing machines have a wool cycle. Essentially, just make sure the cycle is cold wash with a slow spin, or no spin.
For hand washing, the mantra is infrequently and with care! Use lukewarm water (about 25C) and special wool shampoo. For heavy stains, use gall soap before soaking. Firstly, gently move the item around the tub without being abrasive. Do this for a couple of minutes, no more. Secondly, rinse the item with fresh lukewarm water and very gently wring out the excess water. Thirdly, the drying process.
The drying process for machine and hand washed woollens
This is the same for both machine and hand wash. Carefully lay out the clothes on a terry cloth placed onto a flat drying rack or surface. Now ease the clothes gently into their original shape. Lastly, avoid strong sunlight or heat sources, you want them to dry slowly.
This is a little more effort than washing some other fabrics, but the effort will be worth it in the long run. Your little ones will love you for keeping their most snugly woollens in good condition and they will last year after year.
Stay warm and cosy this next winter and please feel free to browse our full range of organic clothes for babies and kids.