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Cloth Diaper Wool Covers ~ Washing? Lanolin?

What You Need To Know About Cloth Diaper Wool Covers


Why Wear Cloth Diaper Wool Covers?


  • The wool breathes! It allows air to circulate close to the baby’s skin, which helps prevent rashes. It also absorbs 30% of its own weight in moisture, and even then it is still dry. A great choice for late-night diapers/nappies or for toddlers.
  • Wool covers are comfortable, soft and fluffy for the baby. A wool diaper cover allows an active child to move freely. Synthetic covers can be stiff or tight, leaving red marks on your baby’s belly and legs. Wool covers are flexible and comfortable.
  • Lanolin (natural wool fat) makes wool naturally antimicrobial (An antimicrobial is a substance that kills or inhibits the development of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses). Lanolin also makes water-resistant wool and therefore an excellent choice for a fabric cover.
  • Wool neutralizes the odors of urine! Simply roll your wool covers so they air between uses and will stay cool for some time until the wash.
  • Wool covers are durable! This strong fiber has a natural elasticity that allows it to stretch and regain its shape through years of use.
  • Wool is easy to care for. Unlike plastic covers that retain odor and should be washed after each use, wool covers only need to be washed when they are soiled and lanolized once a month (depending on use, this period may shorten or lengthen).

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How Many Wool Covers Do You Need?

If you are wearing only woolen covers, you will need about 3 or 4 so that they can be changed and allowed to air dry thoroughly between uses.

Use contoured/fitted/pre-folded diapers and change them frequently. Of course, your baby likes to have a clean, dry diaper. Frequent changes will help keep your baby’s skin healthy. Choose a diaper with enough layers to fully absorb the moisture.
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How To Wash Wool Diaper Covers?


Washing should be done by hand in warm water using a squirt of shampoo, baby soap, or coconut soap for wool.

Insert the cover into a bowl of soap and water and gently shake it and rub the cover with your hands for just one minute.

Then rinse with warm water and gently squeeze to remove excess water.

Wrap in a towel and press gently for one minute to remove as much water as possible.

Put to dry horizontally at night or away from direct sunlight and from any source of intense heat.

NOTE: Friction and/or intense heat will cause the wool to begin to shrink! Handle with care and only use cold or warm water.
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When And How to Lanolize Wool Diaper Covers?

When you notice a slight urine odor after aeration/drying between uses, or if the cover looks less water-resistant, it is time to lanolize. Add a squirt of liquid soap and a squirt of liquid lanolin (available from health food stores, reusable diaper shops has the 100% Pure oil – for sale here) to a glass of hot water. Stir the lanolin to dissolve (if not, you can add more soap). Pour the contents into a bowl of cold/warm water, submerge the wool cover and soak it for at least 20 minutes, turning the cover over during this time. Then follow the instructions above for rinsing and drying.

For new wool cloth diapers, it is advisable to lanolize 3 or 4 times before using for the first time.


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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Lynnette

    Love my wool!

  2. Jennie Pegram

    Wool is so much simplier than it seems. Love that I can make my own using upcycled materials.

  3. Bethany

    I’ve tried one type of wool covers but I was not a fan. I’m hoping if I try a different kind it will be better.

  4. Cristina Schimp

    Wool was something I never thought about because it looked super conplicated to prep. It seems fairly simple after reading this article.

  5. Debra Jensen

    I think we would love to try the wool!

  6. Jessica

    I’ve always wanted to try wool but I’ve been a little too skeptical and scared to spend the money for something I’m not sure I’ll like

  7. Tannis

    I’ve always wanted to try wool but have been a little intimidated by the whole lanolizing process.

  8. Lynnette

    Good info! We love are wool ❤️

  9. Bridget Alexander

    I haven’t tried wool yet but it’s on my to do list.

  10. Anne

    These are really great tips for those starting out with wool! It’s a truly versatile fabric.

  11. Elizabeth Smith

    I’ve never used wool covers before, but have always heard how amazing they are for heavy wetters and for overnight solutions. I really would like to try it but haven’t been able to since wool covers are a bit pricey and are limited in funds. Hopefully I will be able to try it soon.

  12. Christina Rabideau

    I absolutely love using wool covers as an overnight solution. I’m hoping I can afford another one because we only have one at the moment and when you need to wash it and let it dry you can’t use it the same day

  13. Alyssa Huffman

    I’ve never used wool covers before I’m hesitant about the whole prepping thing for them. I would love to give them a shot after reading this article it doesn’t seem too difficult.

  14. Carmen Rudnick

    I remember using wool covers when my daughter was in cloth diapers. I’m due in May and would love to give it a try again!

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