Lanolising Wool with a Sloomb Cube

Here at Nappy Shoppe we sell Sloomb Cubes in store only.  We are often asked how to use these cubes.  Katie Jones, our resident wool addict, tells us her method of using a Sloomb Cube.

First off:  What is a Sloomb Cube?

A Sloomb cube is lanolizing made simple. It is a wonderful and quick lanolizing cube for your wool, perfect for emulsifying your solid lanolin, and highly moisturizing for your skin.

Made with: 100% pure pharmaceutical grade lanolin, organic glycerine soap (certified organic by the Soil Association of the UK), pure EO or FO.

Made without: animal testing, preservatives, alcohol, harsh drying ingredients, artificial colors, phthalates, and of course SLS free.

Katies Sure Fire Sloomb Cube LANO system!

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  • woolwashing2Soak wool inside out in water, squeeze the wool gently, do not wring to twist. Let soak for 10 minutes while you get your lanolin ready.

 

 

  • woolwashing3Cut a 1/8th of an inch of Sloomb cube and a teaspoon (more or less, personal preference) in measuring cup, poor boiling water and stir until milky white.

 

 

 

  • Drain water in sink, squeeze wool.  If you want you can stick it in washer for low spin only cycle.

 

  • Poor lanolin water into sink or bucket and add warm water, keep the water at a close temp to your wool to prevent shocking it.  Sometimes when the lanolin mixture is poured into the sink, the lanolin milk will “curdle”.  This is simply the lanolin reacting to the cold of the sink and this is normal.  You can take these “curdles” and rub them into the wet zone for extra lanolin where it is needed.

 

  • woolwashing4Soak wool in lanolin water inside out, for 15 minutes to overnight.

 

  • Squeeze water out of wool and roll in a towel to get excess water out or do another low spin only cycle.

 

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  • Air dry only.  Dry your wool inside out.  Dry your wool FLAT.  Katie uses a baby gate over a box to dry her wool.

Store your cube on a wooden soap deck.

 

Eucalan Wool Wash, How exactly do you use it?

My friend, Crunchy Shannon, generously gives me her daughter’s clothes for my (eek!) almost one year old daughter. Crunchy Shannon used cloth diapers and has the best wool soakers, skirties and longies. I have been having so much fun using them with my diapers but I have been so fearful of washing them. I mean look at them! They’re so cute!

 

 

After much hesitation I took the plunge and bought some Eucalan wash. Eucalan wash is made for washing wool and other delicate clothing. It is a lanolin rich washing agent. Lanolin is the conditioning agent naturally present in wool. Lanolin is actually from the sheep’s glands and keeps a sheep wool dry and soft. When you wear and use wool, especially with cloth diapers, you don’t have to wash it frequently because it naturally has anti-bacterial properties. At the time I decided to wash my wool it had been quite some time. I don’t use wool daily but when my son was in cloth diapers I used wool soakers at night. It can go a long time between washes.

 

With Eucalan you can hand wash or use it in your machine. When using it in your machine you’ll use cold or lukewarm and set it on the delicate/gentle cycle; during the cycle open it up and let it soak. Then do a spin cycle and you’re done.

 

When you hand wash with Eucalan you fill a tub or basin with cold or lukewarm water. Add the Eucalan to the water and add the wool to the water. Gently work the Eucalan wash through the wool and then squeeze the wool to get the excess water out.

 

Wait what?! What about rinsing it? No, you don’t have to rinse it out…Eucalan is a non-rinsing wash. How great is that? Oh and if it smells? It’s normal. Maybe it’s just my washer and water but I laundry room smelled like a beauty salon doing perms.

 

Elizabeth (aka Bert) is a stay-at-home-mom and contributing writer for She Thinks Media. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Ben, her son Buggie, and daughter Lady Bug.  When she’s not trying to convince Buggie to expand his interests beyond Thomas the Train or put his pants back on she’s writing about her experiences as a mom on her blog, First Time Mom (FTM). After all, Bert maintains there’s a first time for everything, even if you  have more than one child!