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As I mentioned when Out Like a Lamb began, one of my number one concerns was ruining wool (after paying what seems like a high price) by prepping it incorrectly. I didn’t know what “lanolizing” meant. I didn’t know how in the world to do it. I didn’t know how long it was going to take to add in this extra step to cloth diapering. Most importantly, I didn’t know why you had to do it or how it works. But… now I do and I want to share all of that information with you (in case some of you don’t already know!).
When I began to research wool diaper covers, I often came across posts by Vilate from Nifty Nappy. I’ve already quoted her a few times during the event and today will be no different. There are lots of opinions and variations on prepping wool available to you on the internet, but I understand Vilate’s terminology and straight forward way of explaining things (and I hope you do too) which helped me to adapt my own version of prepping wool for use in cloth diapering.
When you get your new wool diaper covers, you’ll rip open the package and be just as excited as when you receive any other kind of Fluffy mail! But just like other Fluffy mail, you’ll have to prep it before you can use it.
Here’s how to prep your wool diaper covers in 4 easy steps:
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- Wash your wool diaper covers with a wool wash (Check out this GREAT DEAL on my favorite wool wash).
- While your woolies are soaking in their Eucalan wash (for at least 15 minutes), boil about 1 cup of water. Add a pea-sized drop of Lanolin. (I simply used the exact stuff, Lansinoh Lanolin, that I used while breastfeeding. There are lots of options, but I find it to be the best price). Mix until the Lanolin is dissolved.
- Turn your Woolies inside out and put them in a bowl with lukewarm water. Add the lanolin mixture. Massage your woolies to get them coated. Leave your wool to soak for 4-8 hours (I always do overnight!).
- The next morning, I wring my wool diaper covers out (carefully!) and lay or hang them to dry. I usually let them dry all day long and they’ll be ready to wear by that night!
That’s it! The lanolizing process is done. Easy, right? I’ve made it even easier – check out some of my favorite products below to make cloth diapering with wool a success!
My favorite part of washing and lanolizing wool diaper covers is that it only needs to be done every 3-4 weeks (depending on how many wool covers you have in your stash), unlike PUL covers which need to be cleaned a lot more often!