Here at ecoHaven, we love our merino! We love it for its cosy softness, the fact that it doesn't require ironing, we love how it doesn't take on odours as readily as many other fabrics (reducing your washing load), for its thermoregulating qualities and for its moisture-wicking magic. Merino is the bees knees, but like most wonderful things, it does take just a little bit of TLC to keep it in top condition and looking lovely for years to come.
Wash your merino in cold water as hot water can shrink the fabric. It pays to invest in a wool-specific laundry detergent. Make sure you don't use detergents with enzymes added as they will quite literally DIGEST the fabric. Eeek! It is also a good idea to dry your woollens flat and out of direct sunlight.
Dealing with moths
Moths love to nibble into woollen clothing. To keep those pesky creatures away, store your woollens in sealed plastic containers or in zip-lock bags. This can work well if you need to store them for more than a couple of weeks.
Lavender oil is excellent for keeping those little critters away, just soak some cotton balls in lavender oil and pop them in your cupboards. You can also use eucalyptus oil and some people like to give their woollens an extra sprinkle with black pepper - which sounds a little bit crazy, but does actually work!
Pilling isn't actually a sign of poor quality wool, but a normal characteristic of the natural fibre. All knitwear will initially create little balls on the surface, why can be easily removed with a safety razor or pilling comb. Easy!
Following these 3 simple steps and giving your merino some extra TLC will keep your favourite woollens in excellent condition for years to come.