Information for consumers about British Wool Products

How to wash wool

Wool clothing, garments and accessories, such as blankets, are very easy to care for. Wool needs less washing than other fibres, and is also naturally stain and odour resistant, which means your favourite jumper will look good for longer!

Wool needs less washing

Wool doesn’t need as much washing as other materials because it’s naturally stain and odour resistant, so wool products can often be refreshed simply by hanging outside on a breezy day.

By absorbing moisture, wool reduces the amount of sweat on the body, helping to keep the skin drier and preventing the build-up of sweat and bacteria. This is one of the key reasons why wool is a popular choice for athletic and workout clothing.

The protective waxy coating on wool fibres makes wool products resistant to staining and they also pick up less dust because wool is naturally anti-static.

Cleaning spot stains

Wool is naturally stain and water repellent, but after a few minutes, liquid will begin to soak into the fabric. To spot clean stains, use warm water and mild detergent to soak the stained area and blot with a soft cloth. Be careful not to scrub the fabric – you’ll damage the fibres – and treat the stain as soon as you can as dried in stains are far more difficult to remove from any fabric.

Washing wool

It’s always important to check your garment label for specific instructions, but the majority of wool clothes and accessories, such as blankets, can be machine washed or hand washed.

For machine washing, choose the wool setting if your machine has one. If not, then choose a cold water or delicate cycle wash. It’s also important to choose a mild, neutral detergent and dry flat after washing.

For hand washing, turn the garment inside out, then wash in clean, lukewarm water, again using a mild detergent. Allow to soak for around 10 minutes then rinse thoroughly in lukewarm water, followed by cold water and then dry flat.

Need to remove a specific stain from a garment? Woolmark has a great step-by-step guide to remove stains from wool clothing.

Read more about the differences between wool and synthetics.

Find out more about the brands using British wool to manufacture wool clothing and accessories. You can also find your local British Wool stockist here.

How to wash wool Wool is naturally stain and odour resistant so needs less washing