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How to Wash and Care For Wool Diapers

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Wool diapers are great to use because they are practically bulletproof when it comes to leaks but breathe well. Wool also has antibacterial qualities that help it to not retain odors plus it can absorb up to a third of its weight in liquid! When it is maintained well with lanolin it is a good choice for use at night if you have regular problems with leaks. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to wash and care for wool diapers and how to lanolize them to retain their natural qualities.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • A sink
  • Warm water
  • baby Shampoo or wool detergent
  • A glass jar
  • Boiling or hot water
  • Lanolin
  • Towels
  • A rack (optional)

First you fill your sink with warm water, the kitchen sink works the best for this, to the first knuckle of your finger. You’ll want to mix a few drops of soap into the water. Put the wool diaper in the water and press it in with your hands. This helps the water to flow in and out through the fibers of wool diaper. Never twist or wring the wool diaper because that would cause the wool diaper to stretch and lose its shape. After soaking the wool diaper in the sink you can let it to soak in the water for 10-15 minutes.

Now you can drain the water but I recommend you fold the diaper against the wall of the sink while you do it first. After draining the water I recommend you fold and press the cloth diaper to remove most water. Do not rinse.

Now put a little bit of lanolin in the glass jar, you just need a piece the size of a pea. Add boiled or hot water to the jar, put the lid on it and shake until the lanolin is dissolved completely. Fill the sink again with lukewarm water and a little soap to your first knuckle, and mix hot water with lanolin in with it.


Put the wool diaper in the mixture and press it like when you washed it. For this part is best to turn it inside out so the lanolin will stick to the inside of the wool diaper. Leave the wool diaper soaking in the mixture for approximately 10 minutes.


Drain the water in the same way as the first time while holding on to the wool diaper. Squeeze the water in the same way you did the first time, not twisting the wool diaper. After you get most of the water squeezed out of the wool diaper, place it flat on a folded towel and roll it in the towel while squeezing it to remove more water. Do the same again on a portion of the towel that is dry. Afterwards leave the wool diaper lying flat on dry towel or rack for 24 to 48 hours. I recommend you turn it inside and right side out every 12 hours while drying.

It’s that easy to wash and lanolize wool diapers!


*This post was written by Raquel. You can read more from Raquel (In Spanish!) on her personal blog, Pompa En Tela.*   

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