It’s time to wash your favourite item of Merino wool clothing. But which detergent should you use when washing wool? A neutral, mild wool detergent will help to prolong the lifespan of your favourite wool sweater or any other piece of clothing.
Using a neutral, mild detergent, preferably one that is Woolmark recommended, should be your go-to when hand washing or machine washing wool clothing.
Avoid using heavy-duty detergents, “bio” detergents containing enzymes, or any detergents containing bleaches.
There are a number of laundry detergents suitable for wool. When choosing your preferred laundry detergent there are a number of considerations you should take into account:
- If powdered detergents are used, it is always best to pre-dissolve the detergent prior to adding to the wash. This helps to prevent concentrated specks of detergent from coming into contact with the clothes, which may cause holes.
- Final rinse softeners or conditioners can be used, but care should be taken to keep the amount down to minimum. Excessive amount of softener can lead to the formation of pills during subsequent washes - this is because softeners tend to act as a lubricant and enable fibres to move out onto the surface of the sweater more easily.
- Never use bleach, either chlorine or oxygen based, when washing wool.
- Always follow the washing instructions of your chosen laundry detergent.
Australia's first Woolmark-certified detergent
Wondering what laundry detergent to use for your wool clothes and blankets? The Woolmark Company has recently certified Pental Softly Wool Wash as a superior laundry detergent for wool and it’s available in Australia.