1. AIR OUT YOUR CLOTHES
Yep, you've heard it before – wash less and air more. But it has to be repeated, because you should always try airing out your clothes before washing them in the machine. It's good for the environment and it's good for your clothes. The reason wool doesn't need to be washed as often is because of the fibers that absorb large amounts of water and keeps sweat, bacteria and smells at bay. If your wool still smells after being aired out for a night, it might be time for a wash.
2. USE WOOL DETERGENT
Other detergents often contain enzymes, bleach or have a pH that can damage the fibers. We recommend using our own laundry sheets, which you can read more about here.
Hot tip 🔥 If you don't have wool detergent, the best alternative is actually shampoo. Shampoo has a low pH and won't damage your wool!
3. WASH IN LUKEWARM WATER
Wash on a wool setting or be sure that the water you wash with is between 30-40° celcius. Quick temperature changes can shrink wool.
4. KEEP IT STILL
If you wash your garments by hand, be gentle when moving them. Wool can easily stretch out when wet. In other words, don't stretch or wring wet wool unless you mean to.
5. AIR DRY
Unless you have a dryer with a wool setting, you should keep your wool far away from this machine. Dryers (and the sun) expose your garments to high heat, and in addition to the movement, it may make your garment shrink. To get the water out of your garment after washing it, roll it in a dry towel. Let it lay flat while drying afterwards to be sure it doesn't lose its shape, especially if the garment is heavy.
6. USE A WASHING BAG
To protect your garments, use a washing bag like Guppyfriend when machine washing. Washing bags are also great when washing synthetic materials to avoid microplastic shedding.