As promised, I photographed my most recent lanolizing experience! First, let me remind you to turn your wool inside-out when lanolizing. I completely forgot to do this the first dozen or so times I lanolized. Oops! It seems to work fine either way, but I imagine it works even better if you lanolize the part that actually touches the skin. >Genius!<
Okay, so lets get to it:
What you need:
1. Lanolin – Some use their breastfeeding lanolin, which I normally use, but for a first time lanolizing of new wool, I tend to use Now Foods Pure Lanolin. I do this simply because, personally, I prefer to use a grape-sized blob instead of a pea-sized for the first time, and it hurts my heart a little less to get it out of a tub than a tiny tube.
2. Wash of some sort – Johnson’s original baby wash works great, but I use Eucalan.
3. Container of some sort – I use a baby food jar. You can also use a travel shampoo bottle or some other small container that will hold up well to heat.
1. Run a sink with about 2 inches of tepid water. The water MUST be tepid – no hot, as hot will cause the wool to shrink and ruin your hard work! Put the wool in the sink, and squeeze it until it is fully saturated.
2. You need your supplies!
7. Add the rest of the lanolin to the sink, and let it sit. Here is where the directions vary by user. Mama’s lanolize anywhere from fifteen minutes to overnight. Personally, I lanolize overnight (or from morning until dinner if I do it during the day) for first-time lanolizing, and then for about an hour for relanolizing. I find that this gets the wool nice and sticky. Don’t worry, though! The sticky-feeling soon goes away and leaves baby’s legs nice and smooth!
9. Done! All you have to do now is hang it up to dry. I dry mine over the towel rack in a bathroom – just remember to move it if someone takes a shower or the steam will make it wet again (speaking from experience!). It takes 24-48 hours to completely dry wool.