Which detergent should I use to wash Merino wool

15 June 2016

There’s no reason to be scared when it comes to washing your favourite wool clothes. Using the right type of laundry detergent will help prolong the lifespan of your favourite wool clothing, whether you hand wash or machine wash your clothes.

Which detergent should I use to wash Merino wool

With so many laundry detergents available on the market, sometimes it’s hard to know which one to buy. Different detergents are suited to different types of clothing. When washing wool, a neutral, mild detergent, that is preferably Woolmark recommended, will be the most effective and gentle on your clothes.

Find a list of Woolmark-approved detergents and other Woolmark-approved apparel care products in your country.

Avoid using heavy-duty detergents, “Bio” detergents containing enzymes, or any detergents containing bleaches. Never use bleach, either chlorine or oxygen based, when washing wool.

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. An 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.