Cold Water bath.
- Effective at releasing dirt.
- Will not remove lanolin. Much like leaving wool out to be washed by rainwater.
- If a fleece is really dirty, this is sometimes a good pre-wash.
Fermented Suint Bath:
- same cold water bath used over many times.
- Fermented suint substance from the wool in previous baths takes on detergent-like role in degreasing and cleaning fiber.
- Very stinky
- May spoil in hot weather.
- If the bath is very strong, may damage fibers if left in too long.
Hot Water (loose, in bags, or layered)
- How to organize wool for washing? Range of techniques from “not at all” to “carefully placing individual locks into little bundles”
- Water Temp? 120-140 (some say hotter)
- Cleanser? dishwashing soap (nothing with bleach or enzymes, though), wool wash, Orvis paste? Many specialty products out there for washing wool, but they can be significantly more expensive.
- Never use anything with bleach in it on wool. Bleach will DISSOLVE wool.