Wool is naturally antibacterial as well as dirt and odor resistant which means your garments don't need to be washed very often. Airing and sunning may be sufficient.
When washing is needed, the most gentle and environmentally friendly way to do so is to hand wash. This method will help extend the life of your woolies.
Here's our care guide to help you through the process.
Start by turning the garment inside out. This is what's best for hand-washed woolies.
Fill a sink or tub with lukewarm water and add a splash of a mild organic detergent. This is important as too cold or too hot can shock the fibres and cause the garment to shrink.
Place the garment into the water and lightly swish it around. This is the time to spot treat any particular stains, but be gentle if rubbing. Never leave your wooly garment to soak as it could cause it to shrink!
Empty the soapy water out and gently rinse the garment with lukewarm water.
Lightly press out the water. Please do not twist or wring out the garment!
Extend a clean and dry towel on a flat surface and lay the garment on it. At this point you can give the garment back it's shape.
If the garment is small you can place it on one end of the towel and fold the other end over it. If the garment is big you can use a second towel to place over it.
Now start to roll up the towel(s) and squeeze every roll to absorb as much water as possible.
Unroll the towel and your garment is now ready to lay flat to dry. Never hang a knitted garment to dry as this will stretch it out of shape.
A note about ironing: please do not press woolies as it can damage the fibre. Only lightly steam over.