Wool has exceptional characteristics of its own, enabling it to adapt to a wide variety of weather conditions.
You'll love wearing wool because of its ability to trap body-warmed air in its fibers. This makes it the fiber of choice in wet or rainy weather. Wool fabrics don't retain odors and are much more resistant than other fibers. They also require less maintenance than synthetic fibers and cotton, saving energy and water.
The ecological impact of wool is limited, mainly due to the parasite treatment of the animals. It is not, however, a fiber without ecological impact, and we may want to take a critical look at it.
As with all fabrics, care plays a major role in its lifespan and ecological footprint. Due to its particular properties, wool cannot be cared for like most of our clothes.
For all garments made mainly of wool, we recommend delicate hand washing in cold water. Otherwise, you can put the garment in a wash bag and put it through the delicate cycle of your washing machine, making sure to select cold water. It's important not to put the garment in the dryer, but to lay it flat to dry, taking care to restore its shape.
Care in case of trouble
For any unfortunate stains you may have on a wool garment, you need to act quickly. The first step is to blot up any liquid immediately with an absorbent cloth. The nature of the stain will require a slight adjustment. Whichever method you choose, you must avoid rubbing the wool for too long or too abruptly, as this will damage it. The key ingredients are white vinegar, water and 90° alcohol (rubbing alcohol).
Alcohol or fruit juice stain
Mix equal parts warm water and rubbing alcohol. Dab the stain gently with short, quick strokes. Finally, wash the garment without waiting for the stain to dry.
Mix equal parts rubbing alcohol and white vinegar. Soak the garment in this mixture for a few hours. Finally, lay the garment flat on a towel and gently blot the stain with an absorbent cloth.
In the case of a bloodstain, the use of COLD water is essential. Rub the blood gently with white vinegar. Soak a cloth in cold water and dab gently. Repeat as needed.
Does your clothing lints?
Not everyone needs a machine to cut moss from a wool sweater. You can also take a razor and run it gently over the areas that tire you. This technique requires a little delicacy to avoid cutting the fiber and damaging the garment's stitches.
Does the garment sting?
We often hear that people don't wear wool because it stings the skin. You may want to use a merino wool, which is very soft. If not, there are tips to help you.
To prevent wool garments from stinging your skin, place them in an airtight bag in the freezer a few hours before washing, or on the clothesline in winter. Then, using a mild soap, you can wash it as usual. Finally, to give yourself a better chance of reducing the stinging sensation, you can soak it in water containing hair conditioner and then rinse it gently.
A wool sweater doesn't have to be cared for every time it's worn!
You can wear it at least ten times before you need to wash it. This means a longer lifespan and a considerable reduction in your ecological footprint!
You can also find other ecological tips for caring for your clothes by clicking here.