What sort of wool wash do you guys use for washing/blocking your knit items? What do you like about your preferred wash over the others?
I've never used any before, but I'm going to need some soon and I'm curious to know what's used by others.
I use a simple hypoallergenic body wash with the addition of essential oil (I love the "Green Tea" oil - smells really fresh and clean and is a moth repellent. However, I have also used lavender in the past for items to be gifted to a woman). If the wool is not particularly soft, then I also do a rinse with Nexxus KeraPhix hair conditioner. Unlike a lot of conditioners on the market, this one is keratin based (same as hair) and is very "light" and does not leave a heavy or oily residue. It leaves both the wool and my long, luscious locks in tip-top shape! Shiny, soft and bouncy!
I generally use my shampoo, though we do have Eucalan and I've used dish detergent, as well.
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I have used both 'Soak' and/or 'Eucolan'. I like them because you don't have to rinse them out after soaking the fibre in them. I also like Ivory dish soap although it requires rinsing. I think there is a tendency for many of us to use too much. It takes very little of any of these products. (Actually, I probably should say that I have a tendency to use too much so I have to be careful. I have a tendency to live by the fallacy that if a little is good, a lot is better, which more often than not is untrue. :-))
I have used dish detergent with good results, also Arm and Hammer now has a natural detergent which is fragrence-and-everything-else free which seems to be the same formula as the pricey natural brands but is half the price. I have used this on my wool and like it.
I haven't done a lot with real wool - but when I have I've just used a drop of dish soap -- currently we're using a natural formula that smells like almond. Works really well.
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I just use a drop of dish washing detergent in the soak water when blocking. Then rinse a couple times.
I like Eucalan. It doesn't require rinsing and leaves the wool very soft. Absolutely don't use Woolite it is the worst for anything wool.
I use a shampoo/conditioner combination (like Pert...except I hate the smell of Pert, so I use a cheapo brand). Like the Soak that kevyoga mentions, I don't rinse it out either.
I use my regular shampoo - and then conditioner....
i beat mone on river rocks and hang them in the branches to dry. are we talking about the same thing?
yup. As someone on another list pointed out - wool is basically hair - so if it's good for your hair, it should be fine for the wool.
I prefer Soak. It doesn't take very much, and you don't have to rinse it out. It softens the fabric nicely, and the fragrance is nice, but really light.
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