Washing and Care
Merino is unique. Because it breathes better than any other material, it naturally resists the build-up of odours. So, simply reduce your washing by turning your Go Go Bag™ or Merino garment inside out, hang it up in a place where air circulates well or just place it over the cot rail until your baby’s next sleep! Altogether so much better for the merino and the environment.
But if washing is still required, always follow the instructions on the packaging. In summary:
- Merino garments and sleepbags MUST only be washed using wool approved liquid detergent. We recommend Ecover Delicate, or NikWax WoolWash.
- NEVER use conventional soap powder detergents. Why? Used directly, soapflakes do not melt at a low enough temperature, and even when melted in hot water and allowed to cool sufficiently, soapflakes can contain harmful strong alkalis that damage your Merino. Also, its residue clings to the fibres, making it very difficult to rinse clean and so it's also wasteful of water.
- Do NOT use Fabric Conditioner/Softeners. Fabric conditioners were developed to remove static and bad smells from synthetic fabrics. Wool, in contrast, does not produce static and releases odours and moisture naturally. Using conditioners will interfere with this natural process. (If you have accidentally used fabric conditioner on your merino, put it through several cool water rinse & spin cycles to remove the gloop. Then line dry.)
- NEVER soak Merino for any period of time. Never use bleach or spot clean.
- Merino garments and sleepbags can be machine-washed BUT ONLY on a Delicate or Wool cycle using lukewarm water – at or below 30°C.
- If handwashing, use lukewarm water to massage your Go Go Bag or Merino garment. Rinse thoroughly. Remove excess water by rolling in a towel. DO NOT WRING.
- Merino garments should NEVER be washed in hot water.
- Dry your garments flat or hang dry in a place where air can circulate freely. This should be in the shade away from direct heat and sunlight.
- Do NOT tumble dry. Whilst some garment labels say they can be tumble dried, we do not recommend it. Tumble drying wears clothing out faster – think of all the fibre you remove from the filter each time! Tumble drying is also expensive in terms of energy. Your superfine merino will usually dry overnight if hung on a line or hanger where air can circulate.
- Pressing. Cover garment with a clean smooth-woven cotton tea towel and use a steam iron on a cool, wool setting.
- Dry Cleaning. Your Go Go Bag or Merino garment may be dry cleaned – but we don’t recommend it. We don’t like the chemicals and energy used, or the smell they leave behind in the clothes and in the atmosphere.
- DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER, DRY MERINO OVER A RADIATOR OR IN FRONT OF A FIRE – UNLESS YOU WANT TO RUIN IT!
TIPS FOR REMOVING STAINS
Sometimes unfortunate things happens, and your favourite item of wool clothing or baby sleep bag can be damaged. Most stains can be treated, and we have some helpful hints on removing stains from your wool item. If you decide to treat the stain yourself, the following provides some guidance. When treating stains, it is important to ensure they are fully removed before ironing. The heat from ironing can make a stain permanent.
- Unfortunate Stains
Remove excess stain immediately with a damp sponge, then gently dab the area using undiluted white vinegar followed by cold water.
- Butter, grease or sauces
If a greasy mark forms, firstly scrape the surface of the stain with a spoon or knife to remove any excess oil. Then soak a lint-free cloth in proprietary grease remover or white spirit and gently dab the area.
- Chocolate, Coffee or Tea
Mix alcohol and white vinegar in equal parts, soak a lint-free cloth in the solution and lightly dab the stained area before pressing gently with an absorbent cloth.
- Egg or milk
Dab gently with a lint-free cloth that has a little white spirit on it. If needed repeat the action with a cloth soaked in diluted white vinegar.
- Fruit, fruit juice or red wine
Immediately dab the stain with a mixture of surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol and water (3:1 ratio). Grass Apply soap very carefully (using a mild wool approved soap) or dab gently with a lint free cloth soaked in surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol.
- Ink or ballpoint pen
Dab gently with a lint-free cloth soaked in white spirit. Repeat the action with a cloth soaked in diluted white vinegar or surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol.
Please treat your Merino wool with care it is an entirely natural fibre and unlike most man-made fibres, when Merino fibre is disposed of, it naturally decomposes back into the earth very quickly.
- Avoid sharp things and points that easily snag and tear your Merino.
- Avoid moths by regular wearing and airing – and occasional washing. If you need to store your merino away for any length of time, we suggest using vacuum compression bags.
- Other natural repellents are Camphor or Lavender oils that can be placed in an oil diffuser or burner, or on tissue/cloth and inserted into storage areas. Use sprays and mothballs with care – we don’t really recommend their use.
- If you are unlucky enough to snag or tear your merino, or be attacked by moths, your Merino can be mended using silk sewing thread.
- And lastly, when your merino has finally worn out (which should take years!), our wool is biodegradable. You can place in landfill or even cut it up into small pieces and put it on a nice hot compost heap!
Merino Kids™ & Cocooi™ Clothing & Sleepbags
- Machine-wash on delicate wool cycle, 30°C max. (For the sleepbags, adjust zip closed)
- Wash dark colours separately.
- Only use wool approved liquid detergent. e.g. Ecover Delicate
- DO NOT USE CONVENTIONAL SOAP POWDER, HOT WATER, FABRIC SOFTENER OR BLEACH.
- DO NOT SOAK OR SPOT CLEAN.
- Handwash in lukewarm water. Rinse thoroughly. Remove excess water by rolling in a towel. DO NOT WRING
- Dry flat or hang dry away from direct sunlight. DO NOT TUMBLE DRY.
- Cool iron only on a wool setting.
Organic Cotton Clothing
- Turn garment inside out before washing and drying.
- Gentle machine or hand wash. Gentle spin.
- Wash dark colours separately.
- Only use a mild detergent.
- DO NOT SOAK, USE HOT WATER, SOAPS, SPOT CLEAN, OR BLEACH.
- Dry flat or hang dry in shade away from direct sunlight.
- May be tumble dried but on a low heat only.
- Cool iron.
If you have washed or dried your merino at too hot a temperature and it has shrunk, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – you (or we) can do about it. The fibres have been irreparably damaged. Soaking the garment in fabric conditioner/softener will not do anything other than change an already shrunken garment into an even bigger shrunken mess!