Caring for Wool
Caring for Your Wool Blanket
You can dry clean your wool blanket or wash at home following these simple instructions.
Fill your top-loading washing machine with lukewarm water and mild detergent. (We recommend a gentle detergent like Palmolive. Shampoo also works well.)
Push the blanket into the water and let soak for about 20 minutes - DO NOT AGITATE THE WATER AS THIS WILL RUIN YOUR BLANKET.
Drain and spin the blanket in the machine, them remove the blanket.
Fill the washer with clear lukewarm water WHICH IS EXACTLY THE SAME TEMPERATURE AS THE WATER YOU USED TO WASH THE BLANKET.
Push the blanket back in, and let soak for another 10 minutes. Drain and spin. Remove the blanket and air dry - DO NOT PUT THE BLANKET IN THE DRYER.
Why you cannot use a front-loading machine: Wool felts when it is wet and rubbed together. Agitating the water in a top loader or washing in a front loading machine will cause the wool to felt and will destroy your blanket.
Why the wash water and rinse water has to be the same temperature: Changing the temperature of the water is another way to felt your blanket.
Dry cleaning is also an option for the larger blankets. Washing is better for the baby and throw sizes. Many people do not wash their blankets, as they prefer to put one sheet under the blanket and another sheet over the blanket on their beds, which will keep the blankets clean. The blankets are aired by hanging them on a line outdoors each spring.