How I use the Hey Mama Wolf Wool Soap
I have had a few questions about how to use the Hey Mama Wolf Wool Soap. We have just had a delivery from Hey Mama Wolf so this is the perfect time to show you how I use it. This soap bar is a great alternative to liquid soaps and contains no plastic packaging so better for the environment as well.
Hey Mama Wolf Wool Soap is a natural lanolin soap to wash and care for your knits. It is made using only organic certified oils and we have them in two scents: Citronella and Cedarwood. The high lanolin content helps preserve your knitwear in the most natural way possible. What's more is the lanolin is good for your skin as well, helping moisturise and keep your skin supple. Not only are you giving your knits some love while using this, your hands feel the benefit as well!
So this is how I use it:
You will need:
- Hey Mama Wolf Wool Soap.
- A clean, bowl, bucket or sink (depending on the size you wish to wash), filled with lukewarm water.
- A towel
First fill a vessel with lukewarm water. I find water from the hot tap to be perfect and you can always cool it with a little cold water. I'm using a bowl here as I am only washing these little swatches.
Using both hands lather the soap until the water becomes milky and soapy. You want the water to be soapy enough but not greasy. Don't worry if it gets overly soapy you can rinse your knits at the end.
Remove your soap block and leave it to dry. I let it stand on the paper until it's completely dry and then wrap it back up and store it in my notions bag. If your paper gets tatty you can cut a fresh sheet of greaseproof paper to store it in.
Submerge your knits into the warm soapy water so they are completely under. You don't want to be too aggressive here to avoid felting or distorting, but you can gently move them around. Let them soak for 10 minutes.
After your knits have soaked gently squeeze out as much water as you can. Be careful to support large projects as you don't want to stretch or distort the heavy damp knitting. It is good to have a towel at this stage. If you find you have made your water too soapy or you wish to rinse your project you can. Rinsing is not essential though.
If you wish to rinse fill the bowl with clean warm water and gently soak the project again. Removing it and squeezing out the water as above.
Now lie your knits out flat on a towel and squeeze out as much water as you can. Your project is now ready to be left to dry or to block.