Back to Basics: How to Prep & Use Wool

Wool is a great option to use as a diaper cover. It breathes well and is a natural fiber. It can be intimidating to work with at first, but it's really pretty easy to care for.

What you need:
Soap (something gentle like Eucalan)
Wool Cover
Luke Warm Water
Hot Water

*Soaps like Eucalan contain lanolin. You don't necessarily need to use extra lanolin, but it doesn't hurt and this will ensure that your wool is lanolized properly. 

Step 1: Mix 1 capful of Eucalan and lanolin (about 1 inch long) in a container of hot water. Shake the container to mix well. The hot water helps melt the lanolin.

Step 2: Fill a sink or wash basin with lukewarm water. Do not get the water hot. Hot water and wool don't mix!

Step 3:  Submerge your cover in the water, saturating completely.

Step 4: Pour your soap mixture into the water.

Step 5: Turn the cover inside out or unsnap all the way. Massage the soap into the cover.

Step 6: Soak the wool in the soapy water for at least 30 minutes.

Step 7: Drain the water and wring out the excess water left on your cover. You can do this with your hands, rolling in a towel, or by using the spin cycle on your washing machine. If using the spin cycle, be sure not to add water or detergent!

Step 8: Lay the cover flat to dry.

Some tips:

  • If your cover is not lanolized enough, you won't have major leaks, but the cover will be slightly damp. If this happens, just repeat this process.
  • If you use too much lanolin, your cover may be sticky. Don't worry! Over a few uses, the wool with eventually absorb the lanolin. 
  • You don't have to wash your wool cover with every use. About once a month, your wool will need a wash. You'll know because it will no longer smell clean. It is normal for your cover to smell like urine when first removed in the morning. If it still smells when completely dry, then it's time to be washed!

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