WASHING, DRYING + LANOLIZING We love our BabeeGreens WOOL and CASHMERE! What’s not to love about nature’s most breathable yet waterproof material? Despite all of the “delicate care” hype, wool is surprisingly easy to care for and use. Wool contains lanolin, a substance secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool bearing animals. It is their own defense against the elements: rain, sleet, snow and critters! It is naturally antimicrobial, anti-fungal and water resistant. Lanolin and its many derivatives are used extensively in products designed for the protection, treatment and beautification of human skin. When wool is lanolized, wetness activates the natural soap and makes it self cleaning with natural odor fighting properties.
HOW TO LANOLIZE Lanolize your wool before first use and as needed. Lanolizing your BabeeGreens wool or cashmere diaper covers, longies or shorties is an important step, so follow our easy steps below:
- Begin with dry, clean wool. If lanolizing items with snaps, be sure to unsnap.
- Draw a sink/tub/pan/bucket of lukewarm water. Hot water will felt and shrink wool.
- Take a separate cup/jar of very hot water, add a pea size (for approximately 2-3 wool items) of pure lanolin. Stir/shake to dissolve. Dissolving well is very important to avoid sticky spots on the wool. Adding a drop of no-rinse liquid wool wash can help.
- Once well dissolved add to the sink/tub/pan/bucket of lukewarm water and mix well.
- Add your wool, soaking it through with the lukewarm, lanolin-rich bath. Let sit for a minimum of 3 hours to overnight.
- Drain allowing the lanolin rich water to run through the cover.
- Follow directions to dry.
- Repeat once a month or as needed.
HOW TO WASH Wash your wool when soiled and as needed. Hand wash in sink/tub/pan/bucket. Most liquid wool washes are formulated so there is no need to rinse.
- Fill your sink with enough lukewarm water to sufficiently cover your wool. Mix a bit of liquid wool wash to your running sink water.
- Let your wool sit for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Drain water and gently squeeze wool.
HOW TO DRY Your wool can be air dried for weeks unless soiled, and used over and over before needing to washed. After washing:
- Gentle Squeeze out water.
- Roll wool in a towel to absorb excess water.
- Reshape and lay flat to dry. Drying time takes 1-2 days.
ABOUT WOOL Wool fabrics are natural fabrics made with textile fibers from the coat of sheep. Wool fibers’ exteriors are hydrophobic (repel water) and the interior of the wool fiber is hygroscopic (attracts water) allowing wool the capacity to both resist and absorb moisture. These Fabrics have the capability of retaining up to 35 percent of its weight in moisture or if felted and treated with lanolin wool is water resistant. The process of lanolizing also helps make wool fibers resistant to stains. Other attributes of wool include it’s permeable nature for maximum airflow and it’s natural antibacterial characteristics, which when used as clothing resists the buildup of odor. Wool knitted fabrics are elastic and breathable, allowing for maximum comfort and circulation around your baby’s bum. BabeeGreens uses Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified Merino Wool, Upcycled Cashmere and Upcycled Wool for our Diaper Covers, Longies, and Shorties. Merino is an incredibly soft wool fabric woven from the fibers of Merino sheep. Cashmere is also an exceptionally soft wool fabric made from the fibers of Cashmere goats. Both of these wools are excellent at regulating body temperature, keeping baby cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Air circulation helps prevent diaper rash as well as alleviates the health concerns of trapped heat within a diaper. Knitted wool’s natural elasticity means your baby’s diaper cover will fit well, stretch for a gentle comfortable fit and move with your baby’s every movement.
HOW TO USE WOOL DIAPER COVERS, LONGIES AND SHORTIES Wool covers, wool longies and shorties are a must for heavy daytime and night time wetters.
Diaper your baby with an absorbent cloth diaper like our Growing Greens One-Size Diaper. If your baby is a heavy wetter, you may also use diaper Doublers in conjunction with the cloth diaper. Our diaper Doublers are narrow strips of organic cotton or hemp and organic cotton blended fabrics that you place in the center of cloth diaper
to add more absorbent layers. Wool covers, longies and shorties are used over a cloth diaper as another layer of protection from diaper leakage. What the wool covers do is repel the liquid so that your diaper will become wet and soaked though evenly, WITHOUT leaking through the wool. Wool diaper covers, longies, and shorties are easy to care for due to wool’s lack of frequent laundering. The lanolin in the wool combined with the ammonia in urine create it’s own ‘soap’. One way to know if your wool needs laundering (outside of being soiled) is if the urine smell does not go away after airing dry. This means the lanolin has worn thin and has lost most of its waterproofing as well.
OUR OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 CERTIFIED WOOL BabeeGreens uses wool made from Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified yarn. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a globally uniform testing and certification system for all stages of textile production. This certification ensures that products are free from harmful substances. There is no finer certification than the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. It goes beyond the organic label! The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. Examples for items eligible for certification: Raw and dyed/finished yarns, raw and dyed/finished fabrics and knits, ready-made articles (all types of clothing, domestic and household textiles, bed linen, terry cloth items, textile toys and more).
- exclusion of environmentally harmful technologies, chemicals and auxiliary materials (e.g. ban of chlorine bleach)
- compliance with guide values for waste water and exhaust air treatment
- economical use of energy resources
- avoidance of noise and dust pollution
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