Among the wool throws we own there usually is one that you’re reluctant to use because the fabric feels hard and itchy. And it’s always a pity, especially if colors and pattern are those you like. So try softening it.
Although a wool throw’s texture depends mostly on the structure of the wool fibers from which it was made, the chemicals used to process the wool later also can contribute to an unpleasant feeling of it. To return its pretreated softness, try a soaking recipe involving softening ingredients.
- Fill your bathroom tub with lukewarm water and add 1 table-spoon of no-rinse wool wash that contains lanolin (natural softener). To increase the softness still, add a nut-sized portion of leave-in hair conditioner.
- Disperse the wool wash and hair conditioner while agitating the water with your hands.
- Place your wool throw in a tub and submerge it in the wash solution. Keep the throw under the water for a few seconds with your hands allowing the fibers to absorb water.
- Leave wool throw to soak for 20 minutes.
- Remove the throw from the tub, squeeze out excess moisture. Do not wring the fabric. Lay it flat on a big rug covered with a bed sheet in a dry spot to dry out. Avoid direct sunlight.
If the result does not satisfy you, repeat the procedure once again. It is well worth to invest some of your time in making your wool throw usable again. It’s always nice to have new or “new” things around!