Must wool always be handwashed? Is wool just for use in winter? Is there wool that isn’t scratchy? It may be hard to figure out what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to woollen clothing, but we will guide you through the many claims and do away with the wool myths.
”You can never wash wool in the washing machine” – and 4 other myths about wool, you probably believed.
You’ve probably heard that wool is difficult to wash. I bet you also believe that woollen clothing is just for the winter season and is much too warm to use in the summer. Maybe you have been told that you should be careful about getting your children to wear woollen clothing, because once they start wearing wool, there is no way back.
But is that even true?
We have looked more closely at five common claims about wool - that are really nothing more than myths.
1. WOOL IS TOO WARM
It is quite true that wool can help you keep warm when the outside temperatures are cold, but wool actually has the opposite effect as well; it helps to cool you down if you are too hot. Thus, wool is temperature regulating and can easily be used even with above-zero temperatures. Furthermore, wool is absorbent, and it keeps you dry – even when you sweat. So, forget the old rule that says you should only use wool in the winter months. You can use wool all year long.
2. WOOL SCRATCHES
You may remember how wool sweaters from your childhood were scratchy and uncomfortable. But a lot has happened with wool production in recent years, and today there is a lot of woollen clothing that isn’t scratchy. For instance, at DILLING, you can buy soft woollen clothing in Merino Wool. The wool has undergone an environmentally neutral treatment that has removed scratchy hairs, and therefore, the clothing feels luxurious and nice to wear. If you want to indulge yourself with even more softness, you can go for clothing that is not pure wool, but also contains other things, like silk. Furthermore, it is worth being aware that wool is rarely scratchy when warm. Therefore, you might want to wear your woollen clothing for a few minutes to let it warm up, before stamping it with the old ’No good – it’s scratchy’.
3. WOOL IS HARD TO WASH
Many may have the idea that it’s difficult to wash woollen clothing, and they live in fear of the day when their favorite woollen sweater gets washed the wrong way and shrinks to a size XXS. But actually, wool is not at all difficult to deal with. If you purchase your woollen clothing from DILLING, you can easily wash it in the washing machine, as long as you use wool detergent and wish it on a wool setting (30 degrees). Of course, you can also wash it by hand, but don’t soak woollen clothing – it can’t handle that. It varies from one woollen garment to the next which is the best way to wash it, so you should always follow the specific instructions. Furthermore, it is worth noting that wool doesn’t need to be washed that often, as it is self-cleaning.
4. WOOL HARMS YOUR CHILD’S ABILITY TO TEMPERATURE REGULATE
Once you start using, you always need to use wool. This is another one of the well-known myths about woollen clothing. According to the myth, woollen clothing affects small children’s ability to regulate their own temperature, so if they get used to wool, it may be difficult to go back to cotton clothing, because then they risk getting sick. The truth is that wool does not affect children’s ability to keep warm and dry, so you can confidently use wool one day and cotton the next.
5. WOOL IS ONLY AVAILABLE IN BORING COLORS
Woollen clothing being drab and boring is very much a myth. It is true that for many years the market was dominated by natural wool, but today woollen clothing comes in all kinds of different colours and designs. At DILLING, you cannot just get woollen clothing in neutral colours like black, white, and grey, but also in colours like rose, blue, green, and purple. So, you can easily be both stylish and colourful in wool.