Now that we've been using our wool diaper covers for a couple of months, the time has come to re-lanolize them. This replaces the depleted oils that naturally occur in wool that keep them water-proof and smelling fresh. It is recommended to do this on a semi-regular basis. I noticed that it was time because the diaper covers seemed to smell stronger in the mornings (when the diaper is wet). You can smell the urine on the cover when it is wet, but once it dries out - the scent is gone. This was starting to not be the case, so I re-lanolized them and ta-da! Back to normal.
- Wash & rinse the diaper cover like normal - cool water, wool wash, swish/squeeze the water through
- Fill the bottom of the sink (or bowl) with hot water - this allows the lanolin, which is an oil, to dissolve
- Add a squeeze of lanolin (I used Lanisoh) & swish the water around
- Add more water to the sink, so it is room temperature (or cooler)
- Put the wool cover in the water/lanisoh mix and let it soak for 15 minutes
- Don't rinse - roll in towel & press out excess moisture like normal
- Lay flat to dry, away from heat & sun
I've been washing our wool diaper covers every 2 weeks; I will probably re-lanolize them either every wash, or every other wash, depending on my observations and added experience.