To start using the woollen covers, first you need to (soothe them in vinegar solution if colors are intense/deep) wash them and then impregnate with lanolin. The washing removes the production dirt and the lanolising impregnates and gives it moisture. Next step is to find a suitable insert (depending on your preferences and your child's absorbance needs, and we encourage you to check all different types of inserts available on the nappy market for suitable solution).
t is very important that the insert is fully covered to minimize the risk of leakage.
When using the nappy covers there is no need to wash it after each use The wet and dirty insert you will have to wash. If the nappy cover is wet you only let it dry and ventilate. Use only fully dried cover. The wool and lanolin have the antibacterial capabilities which help to preserve your wool covers. We will wash the cover every 3-4 weeks or when is dirty or if the smell is uncomfortable despite the ventilation
Wool is dyed in an acidic environment that perpetuates color. The acid smoothes the hair scales causing the dye to be trapped inside.
If we want to wash or do other treatments , we recommend that the cover to be soothed before washing in warm water with white vinegar. (approximately 40 °C, the proportions of approx. 50ml of vinegar per 1 liter of water). It is best to do this before first washing the diaper (especially if the fabric is in intense colors), such a treatment It can also be done before lanolising.
Lanolising one woolen cover
The treatment aimed at impregnating the wool fabric, it is necessary that the diaper does not permeable moisture and fulfill its function.
Ingredients needed to complete the treatment:
-Soap flakes or baby shampoo liquid.
-Water (100ml boiling water and 1 litre at room temperature).
-Container e.g. Jar with a capacity of 1l, (plastic bowl)
Preparation of the Lanolin treatment:
Group covers in similar color stashes, do not mix different colors, try to lanolise one in a jar.
Pour about 100ml of boiling water into a 1l jar, add a tea spoon of soap flakes (or 2 drops of baby shampoo ) and a tea spoon of lanolin, then stir until the soap and fat dissolve completely. Once the ingredients have dissolved, we should get a homogeneous milky solution. If we notice the formation of a soapbones or the eye of fat from lanolin on the top there is a chance that we have not kept the right proportion of soap = lanolin and you need to add one of the products to get the desired mixture.
Next, we fill up the jar with water at room temperature up to about 1l and in such a warm cure we put the nappy cover. We strive to perform as little nappy movements as possible - this is to minimize the risk of felting the fabric.
We leave our nappy cover for 4-6 hours. After this time the cover is removed, we rinse briefly under cool water and leave to dry.
In order to check if the wool cover is sealed we perform a test with small amount of water, namely the inner layer of wool cover we sprinkle with water and we observe whether the droplets immediately soak in the material or "stand" on its surface. When water is absorbed immediately, we recommend that you repeat the treatment.
Keep in mind that impregnated wool is not a waterproof material, if the insert in the nappy is not sufficiently absorbent the wrap will start to drain excess moisture on the clothing, then to avoid leaks, it is necessary to replace the inserts for more absorbent ones. The wool is also more likely to leak when the baby is pee under high pressure. In this case, we encourage you to use extra wool boosters that increase barier in a sensitive place.
Washing and spotting
Textiles and knitted Fabrics must be hand washed at a temperature of approx. 35-40°c with the addition of detergent dedicated for delicate clothing (we recommend natural, marked as ecological, with the most neutral ingredients for wool) or in a baby shampoo with very short ingredience list.
Instructions for washing woollen diapers: Pour the water at 35-40 °C into the bowl, add gentle washing liquid or baby shampoo and put the wool covers in for 15min.
After that time gently squeeze the fabric for few moments. Rinse in water at the same temperature. Let dry flat, do not stretch, tear. You can leave it soak over towel for a while.
Wool because of its construction (the inner interior naturally waves, so that the yarn and fabrics made of this material are elastic and resilient). In addition, it has a large hygroscopic properties and absorbs considerable amounts of water (which is a great advantage of wool as a fabric used for reusable nappy when the absorbent inserts no longer takes moisture, to some extent the excess will be absorbed by the wool). The above-mentioned features of this material are forcing us to use a suitable drying method after washing.
Therefore, they should be lay down flat on the horse rack or on the towel.
Drying/airing after change is recommended each time after cover gets moisture. Do not use wet cover with fresh inserts, use only fully dry one.
Daily use of reusable nappy covers does not require special storage conditions.
It is important that a container with a wool covers is protect against the visit of unwanted guests in the form of clothing moths.
For this purpose, it is worth buying pouches with lavender, which in its fragrance effectively deters insects.
We do not recommend any repellents that you can buy in stores, best is to use natural repellents. When it comes to storing, it is worth noting that the container with the nappy covers should not be exposure to the sun as it might cause colors to fade away. In the case of long-time storage, it is best to keep nappies in a sealed container (for example vacuum bags) with the lavender pouches and let them breath from time to time.
Never store for a longer not washed, dry covers.