How to wash woollens

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With chilly temperatures signalling winter's arrival, it's definitely woollens weather.

Give your woollen items - blankets, throw rugs & garments - a real treat this winter and wash them in eucalyptus oil. Why eucalyptus? It's used in many wool wash formulas for a good reason - it helps keep wool fibres soft and fluffy and nourished, with its antimicrobial properties it deters pests, moulds and dust mites, and it freshens those musty odours woollens can develop, leaving a beautifully crisp bushland aroma.

Here's our famous "DIY" version of Wool Wash.

DIY Wool Wash
You'll need:
Pure soap flakes ½ packet (300g)
Methylated spirits 1 cup (200mL)
Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Oil 1 small bottle (50mL)

How to:
In a clean wide-neck jar with a lid (like a coffee jar), mix methylated spirits with soap flakes. Add eucalyptus oil and shake. Use one tablespoon of mixture per garment – dissolve in a small quantity of hot water then pour into machine on a wool cycle, or hand wash in lukewarm water.
How to dry: Squeeze and roll in a towel to remove excess water before allowing to dry (flat if possible) out of direct sunlight.

You can buy Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Oil online here or in Coles, independent grocery stores, Big W, Priceline and pharmacies.

Always read the label and follow the directions for use.