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Best detergent to use when washing wool


It’s time to wash your favourite item of Merino wool clothing. But which detergent should you use when machine washing or hand washing wool? A neutral, mild wool detergent will help to prolong the lifespan of your favourite wool sweater or any other piece of clothing.

What is a mild or neutral detergent?

Mild or neutral detergents have a relatively neutral pH level. Detergents for wool are all mild and are suitable for washing wool in the washing machine and also for hand washing wool clothes, wool blankets and other wool items. 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.

How to choose a wool detergent

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:

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