How to lanolise wool covers

Wool Covers are stretchy covers that fit over the top of nappies as a water-resistant covering. They are most commonly used over the top of traditional flats/prefolds or fitted nappies but can used over the top of any type of nappy to provide superior leak protection.

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Many people think wool covers must take a lot of work but in contrast they are actually extremely easy to care for as they only need to be washed/lanolised every 3-4 weeks (unless soiled). Wool self-cleans, you simply just re-use over and over until they need washing!

Lanolin is a naturally occurring oil found on sheeps wool which helps to protect and retain the self cleaning function of the wool fibre. On a wool cover it does the same, helping to neutralise, protect and repel moisture. Which is why we lanolise after each wash.

Lanolising a wool cover is actually a really simple process and should be done each time you wash your cover (every 3-4 weeks).

How to Lanolise a Wool Cover

You must wash your wool cover prior to lanolising, no need to dry first. 

How to wash a wool cover

The Baby Beehinds Wool Cover can be machine washed on a wool/gentle cycle or you can choose to hand-wash if you prefer (some wool covers can only be hand washed). Use a good quality wool wash like Eco-Store.

Once washed your cover is ready to be lanolised, no need to dry.

How to lanolise a wool cover

  • Mix 1/2 tsp of Be Clean Co Lanolin in 1/2 cup boiling water with a little squirt of baby wash or wool wash.
  • Stir until mixture is combined (it may turn milky/emulsified)
  • Add mixture to a small bowl of cool-warm water and mix to combine
  • Submerge wool cover inside out and leave for 30 mins or so
  • Squeeze out excess water and line dry in shade
  • Wash and lanolise every 3-4 weeks unless soiled.

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Tips and tricks

  • Roll cover up in a towel to squeeze out any excess water.
  • Your wool cover may feel a little tacky after lanolising which will disappear after use and is a good sign that it is well lanolised (its actually great for the skin).
  • If you have a heavy wetter and you find the wool cover is soaked or clothes/bedding is wet, this in an indication that you need to add more absorbency to the nappy underneath.
  • Wool covers are especially great as you can add absorbency between the outside of the fitted nappy and the inside of the cover if you have a particularly heavy wetter on your hands.




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