Commonly used in winter attire, moisture-wicking wool fibers provide natural insulation. However, wool can chafe your skin and cause a persistent itch. Short-haired fibers, such as Shetland, are particularly stiff and scratchy. You can avoid the uncomfortable experience of wool itch by pre-treating wool garments with hair conditioner or by choosing long-hair wool fibers like Merino.
Things You'll Need
- Water-soluble conditioner
- Towel or drying rack
- Gentle body cleanser
- Talcum powder
Fill your sink with cool water. For a small item such as a hat or a scarf, add 1 tbsp. of conditioner. For a sweater, add 3 tbsp.
Submerge your garment in the sink and soak it for 10 minutes.
Swish the wool item slowly around in the water for a few minutes. Do not scrub the garment or move it too vigorously as this will cause the wool fibers to condense, mat together and turn into felt.
Drain the water and thoroughly rinse your piece of clothing with cool water. Squeeze out the excess water from your garment gently, but do not wring it, as wringing will cause it to lose its shape.
Lay your garment on a towel and carefully reshape it. Dry it completely before wearing.
Look for clothing made from Merino wool or other long-fiber wools when shopping for items in the future. Test any item before purchasing it by rubbing it against your neck.
Wash irritated skin carefully with a gentle cleanser and lightly cover the area with talcum powder.