lanolise your wool covers

Lanolise your Wool Covers in 7 easy steps.

lanolise your wool coversWool covers are a powerful addition to any night-time cloth nappy routine. Here is a simple and well-tried method to lanolise your Wool Covers. And by a well-tried method, I mean used for 12 years on 4 kids and different types of wool covers. This method applies to wool interlock or hand knitted styles of wool covers

You will need:
A laundry sink or a regular sized basin/bucket
Solid lanolin 
A small jar or container with a screw top/tight fitting lid
Near boiling water from your kettle or very hot water from the tap

Time: 15 minutes to lanolise, plus soaking time, plus drying time.

Caution: You are using very hot water, please keep young children away and take all safety precautions.

Lanolise your Wool Cover

1. Grab a pea sized amount of solid lanolin (per wool cover) and pop it in the jar along with about a cup of very hot water. Put the lid on and shake like mad until the solid lanolin is all melted into the water. It should look creamy and a little frothy.
2. Fill the basin with enough slightly warm water to submerge the wool cover fully. Pour your solid lanolin mixture into the water basin and swirl around.
3. Pop in your wool cover and completely submerge. Squeeze the wool cover under the water to ensure they are completely saturated.
4. Leave the wool cover in until the water is completely cold (about half an hour).
5. Pull the wool cover out and gently squeeze the water out.
6. Press the rest of the water out between two towels (optional but your wool cover will dry much quicker)
7. Dry completely by lying flat on top of a clothes horse.


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Cloth Nappy Doctor Tips.

  • When dry, if your wool cover feel very “dry and squeaky” then you have not used enough lanolin, if they feel greasy then you have used too much.
  • Use a separate batch of lanolising mixture per Wool cover. Adding more lanolin to do more than one wool cover can result in one being overdone and the other being underdone.
  • No leaks are what we are chasing so just the right amount of lanolising is important.

Share with me any tips you have to lanolise your wool covers.

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