Cloth Diapers 101: Wool Care

Cloth diapers drying in the sun

Wool diaper covers are a favorite of many cloth diapering moms, as they don’t tend to get stinky, are easy to use, and need to be washed very infrequently. They are also a very natural option compared to other diaper covers, too!

Wool is naturally water repellant and breathable – after all, it’s original function is to keep sheep dry. So it’s a particularly good option for babies prone to diaper rash, though we’re pretty sure you’ll love it either way, since it’s so easy to use and care for.

There are a few unique things you need to do to prepare and care for your wool, so read on…

Preparing and Caring for Wool Diaper Covers

The first thing you’ll need to do before using your wool covers is to wash and lanolize them 3-5 times. This is done by hand in your sink and the process is simple:

  1. Run the hot water in your sink until it is as hot as can be, then shut it off.
  2. Place 1/2 teaspoon of premier grade lanolin per cover on the bottom of your clean sink with the stopper in place.
  3. Blast just enough hot water into the sink to melt the lanolin.
  4. Add a couple puffs of Foaming Wool Wash as you fill the sink with lukewarm water.
  5. Lay the cover into the sink, pressing it into the water. Make sure it isn’t twisted or folded over at all. Let it soak for 15 minutes or so.
  6. Drain the water and squeeze the excess water out without twisting or stretching the cover.
  7. Lay flat to dry – it will take awhile, so allow 24 hours or so.

You will want to repeat this process several times before using your cover, so if you’re still pregnant, the time to do so is now!  You’re not going to feel like doing this when you could be snuggling your precious little newborn.

Yes, the process seems tedious, but the good news is that once they’re ready to go, wool covers don’t need to be washed very often at all! In fact, you can go weeks and weeks getting by with just using a wool wash bar to spot clean any stains that might leak onto the cover. When you do want to give your wool covers a thorough wash, you can use the same process as above – just start at step 4 instead. That’s all there is to it!

There are many wool cover options, be sure to check them out here, along with the lanolin needed to prepare your wool covers.

About the Author

Kylie Worthington is a young, crunchy mom of 2 boys. She is a natural living advocate and blogs at Kylie and her husband, Kent strive to live naturally and sustainably, which means doing all sorts of crazy things like taking a family survival course together and buying foods in bulk online.

A Note From Amanda:  Wool covers were my covers of choice when using cloth on Austin and Addie.  When you first hear about wool, you think of the rough itchy fabric you don’t enjoy wearing but that is so not the case.  The wool used on cloth diaper covers is so soft and luxurious feeling you don’t mind it on your skin, or your precious babies one bit!  Mine didn’t leak either!  If you haven’t ever tried wool, you don’t know what you are missing!

16 thoughts on “Cloth Diapers 101: Wool Care”

  1. We used wool exclusively at night as well as at home during the day when the kids were older over our prefolds. The only problem I have is that even with a regular wash routine I still have stains around the leg holes 🙁

  2. I am new to the cd world and have heard about wool, but am still totally confused by them! What goes under the wool to keep baby dry? (CD have the inserts, what goes into wool?) Although I’m not sure I want to get into the world of wool… I already have a cd addiction! 🙂

    1. With wool you use a prefold or fitted diaper and the wool is the cover just like a regular diaper cover. They just work so well for keeping your baby dry and breathable. My kids broke out in rashes with many other covers but wool always was amazing! You gotta give atleast one a try 🙂

    1. It helps them to keep from just soaking all the moisture in to get soaked. Wool is amazing and so breathable that it can keep your baby dry for so long!

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