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Old 09-22-2006, 01:17 PM   #1
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Low Fuss Wool?

We've been getting leaks a few nights a week lately, so I'm thinking we need to buy some wool (or maybe fleece?).

Problem is, I am terrible about hand washing. And I know wool needs to be lanolized from time to time too. The fewer things I need to do, the better, or it may not get done at all. So tell me what my options are. Is there low maintenance wool out there? Would I be better off with fleece? Does fleece work as well?

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Re: Low Fuss Wool?

I don't have a whole lot of experience CDing but wool does only need to be washed every 2-3 weeks unless soiled so in some ways it's less work than any other cover! Wool that's already felted can probably be machine washed on gentle (a recycled sweater for example) and if you use Eucalan, you may only need to lanolize every 2 washes or so.

Hope someone can give you more help but I hate handwashing but I still do wool - especially longies! I think it's great!
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Old 09-22-2006, 02:53 PM   #3
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Re: Low Fuss Wool?

Wool is the ultimate in easy! Like the PP said, it only needs to be washed every few weeks or so, unless soiled. It depends on how many you have to rotate through, but I end up washing maybe once a month. You put some water in your sink, put a wool wash bar under the running water while filling it up, gently agitate your wool in the sink, let it sit for 10 minutes (which, inevitably for me, usually ends up being like 1 hour ). Then you gently squeeze (don't wring) out the water, put the piece flat on a towel and roll it up in the towel to get out any excess water. Dry flat on top of another towel. Very easy. And if you lanolize with lanolin balm (like from ITS), you can moisturize your hands while lanolizing!

I've had a lot more success with wool over fleece. In the end, though, I don't feel that wool is any more effort than anything else.
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Old 09-22-2006, 03:01 PM   #4
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Re: Low Fuss Wool?

Wow, I had no idea. So, the wool doesn't really soak up that much in one wear? It doesn't get stinky or anything?

I know next to nothing about using wool, so this may be a silly question, but what kinds of diapers can you use with it? Anything, or are pockets out?
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Re: Low Fuss Wool?

Most people use fitteds, but you can put wool over a PUL pocket if you just want that extra backup in case the pocket leaks. And the wool doesn't really get stinky. Lanolin + urine = soap. A natural soap. As long as it's lanolized it's fine. You can buy either solid or spray lanolin to add a little extra waterproofing in between washes, too. I like Sudz N Dudz lanolin balm.
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Old 09-23-2006, 12:13 PM   #6
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Re: Low Fuss Wool?

If you are concerned about having to hand wash, felting,etc., Biobottoms wool covers are supposedly machine washable... I have not personally used them, so I can't vouch for that. But if it is true, it makes maintenance a bit easier!
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