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Old 01-13-2007, 10:32 PM   #1
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Can Wool Mildew?

I have been washing wool all week. The only place I have to dry it is on top of my washer, which sits in a corner near the refridgerator. I am using ITS wool wash bar and lanolin.

My jersery covers so far have turned out great- they smell clean and wonderful. My longies, on the other hand, smell funny. I say they smell slightly like wet dog, my husband says that are mildewed.

They are taking a LONG time to dry, if that makes any difference. I rolled them into a towel and got all the excess water out I possibly could, but three days later they are still damp.

I didn't think wool would mildew, but that's what my husband is insisting has happened. Anyone want to settle this for us?

ALSO- my longies were bought from FSOT, so they are not new, FWIW.

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Old 01-13-2007, 10:42 PM   #2
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Re: Can Wool Mildew?

are they recycled? I have gotten wool thats recycled and when its wet it smells sooooo bad. Who knows, I think there is a weird wool fairy that only comes out when wool is wet and dark things grow.....if they are recycled i'd do some major cleaning on them.
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the wet dog smell depends on the lanolin you use after..lol
move them to an open spot, like i put mine ontop of the ironing board and let them air out on top of a towel theyd ry faster
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Re: Can Wool Mildew?

No, one pair is knit, one pair is crocheted. I know that the crocheted pair is peace fleece, and the knit pair is Baby Bear, but I don't know what type yarn specificly.
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the wet dog smell depends on the lanolin you use after..lol
move them to an open spot, like i put mine ontop of the ironing board and let them air out on top of a towel theyd ry faster
I just have the unscented solid lanolin from ITS. It smells good in the tub, and on my jersey covers...

I didn't even think about the ironing board... lol... its not a big part of my life. Sits in a corner, collecting dust. I'm going to go set it up and see if they dry faster there. I'm hoping the smell will go away when they are dry, I really, really don't want to rewash!
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Old 01-13-2007, 10:50 PM   #6
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Re: Can Wool Mildew?

Some wool smells different than others naturally. Smell like wet sheep maybe? You know, since you can go sniff your own sheep, LOL. If that's the case then it might just be how that wool smells right now.
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LOL
a pair i got recently i washed in unscented its and it smelled bad liek wet dog..lol
i rewashed bin NE angel wings, nwo it smells like baby powder/newborn baby, i thinkits just the wool itself
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Wet sheep smell, definitely. Wow, you should have smelled my house when I was boiling wool on the stove to full (felt) it. It was so stinky! Wool can mildew but it's a whole different smell. The jersey covers don't smell because they're made of highly processed wool and the yarn ones are less processed.
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Wet sheep smell, definitely. Wow, you should have smelled my house when I was boiling wool on the stove to full (felt) it. It was so stinky! Wool can mildew but it's a whole different smell. The jersey covers don't smell because they're made of highly processed wool and the yarn ones are less processed.
interesting, thanks for the info
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