We suggest this simple method for washing and lanolizing your wool and wool-blend garments using our Wool Soap:
- Things you'll need: T&H Wool Soap, lukewarm water, basin or sink that is big enough to submerge your entire garment, and a garment in need of refreshing, cleaning, and/or lanolizing.
- Fill an appropriately sized washbasin with enough lukewarm water to cover your garment. (We used a smaller-than-optimal basin for these photos because we thought it was pretty.) As you fill your basin, pour 1-2 capfuls of Wool Soap into the water. More for larger basins and larger garments. Water should cover garment, but no need to fill the basin.
- Submerge your garment in the basin and give it a gentle squeeze and swish or two. This will help clean the yarn and allow the fibers to take the lanolin in. Do not agitate too much – keep it gentle!
- If the water clears, your garment is probably still “thirsty” for more lanolin. Add another capful or two.
- Soak 5-15 minutes.
- Our Wool Soap is gentle enough that rinsing isn't necessary. If you prefer a light rinse, or if there is significant dirt/grease/grime in the water from your garment, take your garment out of the tub, dump the remaining water, and add fresh water. Submerge the garment again and then remove. Do not wring out or twist your piece. Gently squeeze out excess water.
- Lay your garment flat on a towel, and roll the towel up firmly to blot out excess water.
- Unroll the towel and wet-block to desired measurements.
- When dry, squish the garment in your hands, bring it up to your nose and face, and take in the loveliness of your clean, refreshed, softened garment. (This step is mandatory).