Wool — Cloth Diapering

Wool? Like the hot, scratchy kind?? Yep!

Well, not all wool is scratchy. Believe it or not, wool can keep you warm, but it’s also breathable. Air is good for the bums!

We love our wool, even here in South Florida!

Some stay away from wool, for cloth diapering, because it’s intimidating. Once you learn how to do it, it’s so simple and can be less work. Oh and did I mention it’s the solution for a lot of parents who have a “heavy wetter?” That’s because wool can absorb up to 30% before it feels wet. You also don’t have to wash your wool every time, like you would your diapers. Use it for 2-3 weeks, continuously, and then wash it. Give your wool a lanolin bath and it can also repel urine!

Here’s a quick step-by-step tutorial on how to lanolize your wool.

You’ll need to following to do this:

Bucket or Sink (that you can fill)

Lanolin (You can even use the “nipple cream kind” in a pinch)

Emulsifying Cubes or Baby Wash

Small Glass Jar or Plastic Container with a cover

Bath Towel


Step 1 – Wash all wool, by hand, so it’s clean. No need to “scrub” it unless there’s poop spots. I use Ecos detergent to wash my wool, but I also have that on hand (from washing my baby carriers). I’ve also used a little regular detergent or baby wash. Anything to make sure there’s no urine or poop on / in the wool.



Step 2 – Take wool out, fill your sink with clean, lukewarm water and put wool back in. It’s take to make your lanolin mixture and bath!

Fill your glass jar with hot water. It doesn’t have to be boiling hot, but hot enough to melt the lanolin. Take a pea size amount of lanolin and put into the hot water, followed by half an emulsion cube or a squirt of baby wash).

Put the lid on and give it a good shake!!

You should end up with a milky, kind of soapy, liquid.

Open it carefully! (Remember from science class? Hot liquids that are shaken, create energy!)


Step 3 – Pour all of that into your lukewarm, bath of wool and mix everything around until he water is a little cloudy.

Leave it for about 30 min. Some say less, some say more…but I haven’t seen a difference. Go have a snack, or feed the baby and come back!


Step 4 – Drain the water, squeeze each piece, and remove as much water as possible but don’t “wring it out.” Open your bath towel and lay each piece on top.

Then roll the bath towel up, and put pressure on it to remove more water from the wool.


Step 5 – Lay all your wool flat, to dry. I usually lay them outside and then bring them in later, and lay them flat inside the house. Note — Your wool can take 24-48 hours to dry! Factor in this time if you need to use them.

Not too bad, right? Think you can handle it? No? Tell me what’s stopping you, or what you think the hardest part is?

Published by Alyson Daley

Wife | Mom | Sister | Friend | Wearer of Babies | Cloth Diaper Advocate | Lactavist | Lover of long-lost sleep, tank tops, jeans and the color gray.

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