Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Washing Woolies

22 August 2013

Washing Woolies

When I first started cloth diapering, I loved knitting wool covers and longies for Charis, but I was slightly intimidated on washing and lanolizing them. Over time, it is nothing now. Washing wool takes less time than washing any other cloth diaper. There's little guess work involved.

The supplies needed for lanolizing wool are:
  • Lanolin. My favorite is Woolybottoms Love Spell Lanolin, but it's scented. If you do not do well around scents, don't try it. You can also use lanolin breast cream.
  • Wool wash or baby shampoo.
  • Cup.
  • Boiling water. 
  • Basin or sink.
  • Cool water to make the lanolin liquid mixture tepid.

1. Add a pea sized drop of lanolin in cup.
{I accidentally added more.}
2. Add less than a capful of wool wash or
baby shampoo to lanolin.
3. Add boiling water. Stir until lanolin is dissolved.
Mixture should be milky white.

4. Add cool water to basin, sink, or bowl, and stir
in Lanolin mixture. Water should be tepid. This is
IMPORTANT. You do not want to shock the wool,
which could then felt it.
5. Turn soaker inside out and submerge.
6. Soaker for 20-30 minutes.
After your woolies are lanolized, roll them in a towel and lay them flat to dry.
Do you have experience with wool cloth diaper covers?


  1. I have to admit - I was always a little scared of woolies! Never got any for that reason. But this doesn't sound too hard!

  2. I agree with Jaime above - people often think it's REALLY difficult to wash wool (I was always fearful of it), but when you do it for the first time, you realize how easy it really is! Sure, it takes quite a while for the washing/lanolizing/drying process, but it's really super simple. I know that this post will help people out! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Thanks for making it much less scary to wash wool! I may get up the courage to try it soon.

  4. Thanks fr the tutorial. It really is just that easy to take care of wool, which is jut one reason why wool is so fantastic!

  5. a friend of mine just introduced me to this process! your blog is super helpful - thank you for breaking everything down. :)

  6. I was originally going to avoid wool covers because I thought it would be too complicated. I have found so many cute custom made wool covers that I just love. Thanks for this great tutorial and making it seem a lot more simple than I was expecting. Now I'll have to get myself a cute woolie!!

  7. I like the idea of wool-especially the covers repurposed from sweaters, but the care has scared me off.

  8. I am scared of wool and haven't gone there yet. Everyone says how great it is but i just haven't had a need for it i guess. Seeing posts like this make it seem less intimidating or difficult.

  9. I like the look and absorbency of wool covers, however I must admit I'm not quite convinced they don't need to be changed/cleaned after each soaking.

  10. Thanks for the tutorial! I work in a yarn shop, so I had considered wool covers but thought that the lanolizing process was too difficult. This makes it look les intimidating, maybe I will try it.

  11. I like the concept of wool soakers, but the idea that you don't wash it after each use seems so weird, haha. Never tried one, though :)

  12. you make washing wool seem less scary thank you

  13. Very good tutorial. I love wool and it really is that easy. Next topic: when you get poo on your woolies ;-)

  14. Can I use this as my non giveaway comment and ask if your pumpkin should be here?
    Because I can't find it! lol
    Maybe I am overlooking it. Only one I didn't find.
    BUT also! Thank you for this! I have some wool that I am afraid to use lol.

    1. You're welcome! Glad this post helped!

      Yes, this is the post with the pumpkin on it. It's at the very bottom.

  15. Is there any reason why my wool cover would smell after it's very first wash??? I used Eucalan and the wool smells so bad after removing it from the water.

  16. Love Spell smells so amazing! We love using wool covers and fitteds for nighttime!