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Thursday, September 22, 2011

woollie time

As the morning get a more crisp feeling and the evening are shorter and cooler (I am not complaining here) I find it time for WOOLLIES!  OK for those of you out of the Diaper phase in your life these are know as woollies.


I love wool and so does Junior Mint.  They are 2 valuable pieces of his wardrobe in one.  A cloth diaper cover and pants.  This works well for us because Junior Mint hates wearing pants.  Thank goodness he wears very cute cloth diapers and covers.  I found these shorties online but I do make my own too. Be looking soon for my etsy to be back up running and fully loaded with up cycled woollies.

Wool is a great fabric.  People ask me on a regular basis, especially when I am on my Urban Treasure Hunts aka Thirfting ~ Why Wool?

Wool is an amazing natural fiber. It is naturally anti-bacterial and super absorbent. (Up to 30% of its weight) It makes a great waterproof diaper cover once it is lanolized.

Wool is breathable and extremely easy to care for.   Wool only has to be washed once every 2 or 3 weeks unless of course it gets heavily soiled, it has a self cleaning property in it called lanolin.  If your wool feels damp or wet after wearing it simply lay it out flat to air dry and let the wool do its job of self cleaning.

Here is a no fail system to care for your wool:

1. Run your hot water until its good and HOT in the bathroom sink, allowing it to drain, once its hot turn it off for a few seconds to do step 2.
2. Put the plug in your bathroom sink and put your lanolin in the bottom of the sink, I use about a 1/2-1 inch glob of the lanolin.
3. Run a little hot water in the sink and add baby shampoo or baby wash to the sink. Only run enough hot water in the sink to break up the lanolin.
4. Run room temp water to fill the rest of the sink up.
5. Turn the woollie wrong side out and submerge into the mixture in the sink and let soak 30 minutes (longer if you feel it needs more lanolizing).
6. After you're done soaking, lay a towel folded in half for you to lay your wool on; remove soaker out of the water and gently squeeze the excess water out, do not ring.
7. Just lay your soaker on the towel and roll the towel up, gently squeeze as your rolling.
8. Lay flat to dry, I like laying them on one of those sweater racks. They take 24 hours sometimes to dry.

Lanolizing only needs to be done about every 2 months or as needed.

I pair Junior Mints with a fitted and we like the Mother Ease One Size or MEOS.  If you haven’t looked into wool for your cloth you should. 

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