Today is the fifth day of the flats and handwashing challenge at Cloth Diaper Revival.
We use all wool covers full time around here. For this challenge I limited myself to six wool covers from One Love Diaper Co. I usually only use three or four a day, but I’m paranoid about having back up.
Wool covers are great. When properly lanolized they can be used multiple times before needing a wash. The lanolin reacts with urine to make water and salt, and so you can leave covers to dry and then reuse them if needed.
I use lanolin from Sweet Tea and Biscuits. (I also get my lano spray and lano infused wool soap from them.) I usually do unscented, as I limit Kai’s exposure to essential oils especially in situations where they are absorbed through the skin. It’s too easy create skin sensitization in little kids. Here are the directions I use to lano my wool covers.
For washing I have used both Unicorn and Soak and both work fine. I also wash in Sweet Tea and Bisquits’ lanolin rich soap every third or fourth wash just to make sure everything stays soft.
I usually just wash in the sink, it’s easy and convenient for me. You need just a little bit of soap, enough to make suds, and I gently move the covers through the tepid soapy water until clean. For stains, I use Buncha Farmers All Natural Stain Stick, which is amazing.
Depending on how much wool I have to dry, I either throw them all in the spin cycle in my washer to spin out as much water as possible, or roll them in a towel and gently squeeze some water out before laying them on drying rack under a ceiling fan. Or If I’m being lazy and I don’t need them super fast, I just double up a towel under a ceiling fan.
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