Taking Care of Your Wool: A Labor of Love

Taking Care of Your Wool: A Labor of Love

Caring for your handmade wool clothing is an art form, ensuring each piece remains as beautiful and cozy as the day you first wore it. This comprehensive guide will help you keep those cherished knits in top-notch condition:

General Tips:

  • Wash Less, Air More: Wool naturally resists odors and dirt, so frequent washing isn't necessary. Let your garment breathe after wearing to keep it fresh without excessive washing.
  • Check the Label: Always pay attention to the care label. Details like washing temperature, detergent type, and drying methods are crucial. Some wool items can endure machine washing, while others need a gentler approach.
  • Use the Right Detergent: Choose a mild, wool specific detergent. Harsh soaps, fabric softeners, and bleach can damage the delicate fibers.


  •  Hand-Washing: This is the safest method for most handmade wool garments. Use lukewarm water (max 30°C/86°F) with wool detergent. Gently submerge and swish the garment without rubbing or wringing. Rinse well afterwards.
  • Machine-Washing: If allowed, use a gentle cycle with cold water and wool detergent. Don't overload the machine to avoid felting, and consider a mesh laundry bag for extra protection.


  • Never Tumble Dry: The heat from tumble dryers can cause shrinkage or distortion. Instead, lay the garment flat on a clean towel or drying rack, away from direct sunlight and heat. Reshape while damp to maintain its form.
  • Blocking (Optional): For knitted pieces, blocking post-wash can help them retain their original shape and size.


  • Store Clean and Dry: Ensure garments are completely dry before storage to prevent moths and mildew.
  • Fold or Hang Properly: Fold knits to avoid stretching. Use padded hangers for heavier items. Avoid plastic bags, which can trap moisture.
  • Moth Prevention: Cedar sachets, lavender pouches, or moth traps can be effective.

Additional Tips:

  • Spot Cleaning: Address minor stains with a damp cloth and mild soap, testing on a hidden area first.
  • Pilling: Use a fabric shaver for gentle pill removal.
  • Ironing: If necessary, use the coolest setting and protect the garment with a damp cloth.

By following these tips, you're not just caring for your wool clothing; you're preserving a work of art. Enjoy many more years of cozy, stylish wear! 

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