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Old 06-08-2011, 04:00 PM   #1
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Qualities of wool/lanolin

Ok, correct me if I am wrong but here is what I understand from my little research.

Wool is not waterproof but can absorb 30% of it's weight without feeling wet, but then also allows moisture to evaporate.

Lanolin neutralizes the bacteria in urine eliminating smell and germs.

So here are my ?s

If you are washing frequently do you need lanolin? Does it also add to the "waterproof" factor or is it just to neutralize urine?

Any knowledge on this topic is welcome. I love lots of info.

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Re: Qualities of wool/lanolin

Yes, what you said is correct. The porous nature of the wool material is what allows moisture to evaporate ("breathable"), and the wool does wick some moisture from the diaper.

Because wool is somewhat absorbent, the lanolin helps make the wool waterproof (it's an oil, so helps repel water). You don't have to specifically "lanolize" if you are washing with a lanolin-rich wool wash -- you can find these on hyenacart (Naturally Luxe is my fav). I've heard some mamas use the thicker felted wools without lanolizing, but personally, I prefer to lanolize and wash less frequently.
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Re: Qualities of wool/lanolin

I LOVE Naturally Luxe too!
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Thank you. If I don't lanolize ahm I more likely to have leaks or wicking on to clothes?
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Oh...keep in mind that there are ways to stretch out a full lanolizing soak such as using spray lanolin. Most wool only needs lanolized every few washes too.
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