How To Wash Merino Wool Socks: The Definitive Guide
Merino wool socks are a great investment. Superior to cotton in many ways, merino wool socks will last you years if you take care of them. It’s important to know how to wash merino wool socks in order to keep them in the best possible shape.
We’ve put together this guide to help instruct you on the process.
The good thing about merino wool is that it can be washed in a machine or by hand. Follow these instructions for your preferred method of washing them, and you'll enjoy your merino wool socks for years to come.
How To Machine Wash Merino Wool Socks
1. Fill the machine with cold water and add one cup of white vinegar.
2. Place your sock or socks in a mesh bag and secure it to the top of the machine with a rubber band or piece of string.
3. Set the temperature for cold, warm, or hot and put in regular cycle for two to three minutes.
4. Rinse on cold or warm setting and air-dry on a low heat setting overnight.(The process can take up to 12 hours)
5. Remove from machine, shake well and hang on wire hangers to dry overnight.
6. Get out your favorite wool socks and enjoy!
How To Hand Wash Merino Wool Socks
1. Fill a sink or large pot with cool water.
2. Add white vinegar to the water and swish around with your hands to mix.
3. Add the socks, and let them soak for 30 minutes or more. You may want to use a mesh bag or cheesecloth to ensure that all of the soap suds are removed from the wool fibers.
4. Remove the socks from the water, and squeeze as much excess moisture out of them as possible before laying flat on a towel for five minutes or so to dry off completely (don't wring them out).
5. Place upside down on something plastic in order to air-dry, like a drying rack, hanger, inside sock drawer, etc., until they're completely dry - this may take days depending on how large your socks are!
Another Way To Hand Wash Merino Wool Socks
Here's an optional method to hand wash wool socks.
1. Fill your sink with lukewarm water and add some liquid detergent
2. Soak a pair of socks in the sink for 20 minutes
3. Remove sock from sink and rinse well under cool water
4. Squeeze out excess moisture by rolling up and then laying flat on a towel
5. Hang dry or let air dry on rack
Tips for drying your wool socks
Wool socks don’t dry in the machine, so it’s a good idea to get some old towels and lay them out on the floor. When you are finished drying your wool socks, make sure you hang them up to finish off the process. This will help to keep your socks from pilling, which is a very common issue with wool.
What Detergent To Use
Detergent is important because it helps remove any residual odors or dirt. A good detergent to use with your merino wool socks is one that is designed for wool. It will help break down odours and residue to prevent the wool from becoming stained.
If you're machine washing them, make sure the detergent you choose has a low-suds formula. This ensures that it doesn't cause excess agitation and damage the fabric of your socks during the cleaning process.
When washing merino wool socks by hand, use gentle soap like baby shampoo to get rid of any odors or stains. You may find that this method makes an extra job, but there's nothing quite like the satisfaction of knowing that you've washed them the best way possible.
Merino Wool Sock Washing Do's and Don'ts
- Do wash your merino wool socks in cold water. This will help maintain their color and shape.
- Don’t use bleach or fabric softener to wash your merino wool socks, as these chemicals may discolor the fibers in the wool and degrade the performance of the socks.
- Do dry your merino wool socks on low heat, or better yet, air-drying settings rather than medium or high heat to prevent them from shrinking.
- Don't twist or wring out your merinos when they are still damp because this can damage them further.
How often to wash merino wool socks?
You need to make sure these special type of socks are washed regularly, but you might be surprised they're not a wash-after-everytime-you wear them sock, such as cotton socks are. The time when merino wool socks should be washed varies from person to person. However, in general you should wash them every two to three wearings.
The best way to maintain your merino wool socks is by washing them. Wool socks aren't the most common type of socks. It's important to know how to wash them properly so they don't shrink on you and so they last you a long time.
If you have any more questions about washing your Merino Wool Socks, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!
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