How To – Wash Merino Wool

If like me, you’re a little nervous with merino wool, here’s a brief run down of how to make sure it gets washed properly.

1 – Read the label! If it say’s anything different to us, then take the label’s advice over ours!

2 – Fill the sink with hand warm water. Don’t put water in that’s too hot or you’ll shrink it!

3 – Use a product designed for merino wool – something like nikwax Wool Wash maybe more expensive than your usual store bought detergent, but then so was the merino wool garment. Failing that, you could use soap flakes.

4 – Agitate it real good.

5 – Rinse the item well a few times, again making sure the water is again only hand warm.

6 – Wring it gently and hang it on the line  to dry, away from strong sun. Don’t tumble dry or otherwise dry too quickly such as on a radiator or in front of a roaring fire.

Or…

1 – Bung in washing machine at 40°C on a gentle cycle.

2 – Hang it on the line  to dry, away from strong sun. Don’t tumble dry or otherwise dry too quickly such as on a radiator or in front of a roaring fire.

Whichever method, don’t iron. Not that it’ll damage the item, we just think ironing is a crime against humanity.

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader.
Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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