Has your little one outgrown wool? Do you need to save some pieces for later? This is a very simple process which merely involves stripping the wool of lanolin (Blue Dawn dish soap is a great stripper), making sure the stains are removed (Fels Naptha and Dawn are great stain removers as well) and then allowing several days to make sure the wool is completely dried. Some people like to put the wool in a Ziploc and freeze it to kill off any potential bugs that may have made it onto the wool just in case. After this has been done, you will want to make sure to store the wool in something that will allow it to breathe and be protected from pests. Some people put the wool in a pillowcase and then put that pillowcase in another pillowcase, cardboard box, cedar storage box, etc. with cedar blocks. Moths are also said to be deterred by newspaper so some people choose to wrap the wool in newspaper directly. Wool that is stored in the common plastic storage boxes has a chance of becoming moldy, mildewed, or there may be pests that can still get in.
It is also advised to inspect your location of wool storage regularly to make sure it is a safe place for the wool to be- breathable, no present pests, away from water sources that could get the wool wet.
For wool that you are storing in a more short-term situation, placing some cedar blocks or planks in your wool drawer can give some good peace of mind on your investment, too.
Originally Published 9/5/13 by Lindsey Organ on Bambini Fluff