Who doesn’t love wearing woollen clothing in the winter? Wool has been named the “original performance fabric” due to its numerous advantages. It helps in body temperature regulation. As a result, it keeps you warm in the winter and cools in the summer.

Wool does not absorb odors, so it does not need to be washed as frequently. It’s naturally stain-resistant, thanks to the natural lanolin (wool fat) content. Another reason you don’t have to wash it as frequently is that it’s made of cotton.

But the real question is, what is the best natural way to clean your woollen items? 

One way is to wash them with eucalyptus oil. It’s the ideal alternative to store-bought products that contain harmful chemicals. As a natural antibacterial and antiseptic, it deters pests, molds, and dust mites, keeping everything germ-free. Eucalyptus oil also freshens those musty odors woollens, leaving a lovely crisp bush land scent.

DIY Wool Wash – the old-fashioned way!

 You’ll need:

  • Pure soap flakes ½ packet (300g)
  • Methylated spirits 1 cup (200mL)
  • Eucalyptus Oil 1 small bottle (50mL)

 How to:

  1. Combine methylated spirits and soap flakes in a clean wide-neck jar with a lid (such as a coffee jar).
  2. Add eucalyptus oil and shake.
  3. One tablespoon of the mixture per garment should be dissolved in a small amount of hot water before being poured into the machine on a wool cycle or hand-washed in lukewarm water.

The new working-mum way!

If you’re a busy working mum like me who is always looking for timesavers, then Bosisto’s Laundry Liquid Wool & Delicates is a fabulous alternative.  It costs a bit more, retailing around $12 for 1.2L and can be purchased from their website or from major supermarkets.

How to dry:

Once washed, squeeze and roll in a towel to remove excess water before laying flat to dry, out of direct sunlight.

Then you should have beautiful fresh smelling and soft woollens that last the test of time.

Let us know how you go with this recipe – or your own alternatives!

Article first appeared here

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