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Wool Wash Recipes

 

Wash your wool garments in cool water with a gentle handmade detergent on a delicate wash cycle or hand wash for extra care.

Freshly Homemade Wool Wash

4 cups soap flakes (Grate your own soap or use Lux Flakes)
4 cups boiling water
1 cup Methylated Spirits
1 tablespoon essential oils (lavender and eucalyptus work well)

Put the soap flakes into a large bowl and gently pour over the boiling water, stir and leave for five minutes. Now mix well with a stick blender or whisk until the soap has dissolved completely. Next pour in the Methylated Spirits and the essential oils and mix thoroughly. Pour into your preferred storage container and leave overnight to set to a jelly consistency.

To use, rub a small amount directly onto stains or dissolve one tablespoon of wool wash in lukewarm water. Swish or soak the garment in warm water and then rinse well.
Alternatively add ½ a cup to a small load in the washing machine.

Concentrated Fresh Wool Wash

1 cup Methylated Spirits
2 cups soap flakes
1 tablespoon essential oil

Mix all ingredients together well and store in a wide necked jar. To use, mix one to two tablespoons of mixture into a cup of hot water. Stir until dissolved and then add to washing machine.

Conditioning Wool Wash

1 cup hot water
1/4 teaspoon lanolin
1/4 teaspoon baby shampoo
One to two drops essential oil of your choice

Place the hot water into a small jug and add the rest of the ingredients and stir well until the lanolin has dispersed through the water.

Add the mixture to a basin of lukewarm water and hand wash your wool items and then rinse well.

Emergency Wool Wash

Castile Soap – Castile soap is an olive oil based soap that can be bought in a liquid or bar form. Dilution is crucial for castile soap for washing wool. Use only about 1/4 teaspoon per sink of lukewarm water for hand-washing and rinse clothing very well.

You can find Castile soap online or at Chemist Warehouse in bar form.