How do you know if your cover needs lanolizing?
When you wash it, press it into the water. Look for the following signs:
- If wool sits on top of the water and has little pools of water gathering on top – it does not need lanolizing.
- If wool sits on top of the water and has some pools and some areas that absorbed water without assistance – it could use a good lanolizing soon.
- If wool sinks and saturates completely – it is time to lanolize.
Now here’s how to lanolize without those pesky lanolin spots. I’ve been very thorough, so there are quite a few pictures. Have fun!
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Step 1: Locate wool and wash. I’ll be using Aveeno baby wash because Kellie has sensitive skin and I know this doesn’t bother her. We avoid any excess scents if possible. Wool-specific wash is available. But when this works, why pay extra?
Step 2: Fill the sink with tepid water. Test with wrist.
Step 3: Add baby wash.
Step 4: Add wool. Notice my wool soaked up water over it’s entire body. This cover has never been lanolized.
Step 5: Swish wool around a bit. Make some bubbles.
Step 6: Check the clock. Let wool sit for five minutes.
In that five minutes you could:
Unload the dishwasher.
Make a pot of coffee.
Feed the dog.
Ding! Five minutes are up. Go back to your wool.
Step 8: Swish it around a bit more.
Step 9: Massage gently. Using both hands. Hey, someone has to hold the camera!
Step 10: Turn wool inside out.
Step 11: Rinse thoroughly in tepid water.
Step 12: Squeeze out excess water. Set aside.
Step 13: Locate your wool wash, your lanolin, and your mixing container with lid. I’m using regular solid lanolin purchased from a local retailer. Liquid lanolin will work, also. But this stuff is cheaper and it lasts longer. Remember, we’re cloth diapering to save money.
Step 14: Add a pea-sized drop of lanolin to your mixing container.
Enjoy the cup of coffee you brewed earlier.
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