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Your wool products from Naturally Diaper Free come lanolized, but you will have to re-lanolize your wool products at least once every couple of months. Some people wash and lanolize their products once a month just to keep it simple and help keep them water resistant.
Always wash your wool products by hand. Washing machines are usually too rough on wool fabrics (even the gentle or hand wash cycle). The agitator in most washing machines really stretch out wool products as well.
If you have any poop stains, you can use a bar of soap to rub the stain. A wool soap bar is best since it has lanolin in it.
First Step: Wash
Use a liquid wool wash, I like Imse Vimse Wool Shampoo. In a bucket or sink, put some lukewarm water and some of the wool shampoo. You should have enough water to cover the wool. Let your wool products soak for a couple hours. Squeeze out as much water as you can.
Next Step: Lanolize
Take a small amount of lanolin (pea sized) and put it in your bucket with some really hot water from your tea kettle, microwave or stove. I like Lansinoh lanolin since you can find it almost anywhere. The water needs to be hot to melt the lanolin. Once it is melted add a small amount of gentle baby shampoo so that it emulsifies to a milky white color. Add some cool water to bring the temperature down. Put your wool products into the bucket and add more cool water to cover the wool. If you are lanolizing a wool soaker, you want to turn it inside out to lanolize the inside of the soaker. Let it soak overnight if possible, but 30 minutes will do if you are in a hurry. Squeeze out as much water as you can and roll the wool in towels to remove even more water. Lay flat to dry. This takes about 24 hours. Once dry the wool products may have a tacky feeling to them from the lanolin. Eventually it will wear off. You can just wash and not lanolize, but every time you wash you are washing away most of the lanolin on the product, so that is why it is a good idea to wash and lanolize once a month or so.
You only need to wash your wool products when they start to smell and many families report that they only wash theirs every couple weeks to every couple months. The trick with wool is to use it more and wash it less. If your wool products are damp, the best thing you can do is leave it out in the sunshine to dry. Lanolin also neutralizes pee so the soaker essentially “self-cleans” when the pee hits the wool.