Parents who choose cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers have made a commitment to reduce landfill waste – it is estimated that disposable diapers take anywhere from 250-500 years to decompose! Re-usable cloth diapers aren’t just better for the environment, they’re better for baby’s skin, too!
Wool is a perennial favorite in the cloth diapering community for soakers, used as an outer covering for cloth diapers. Wool provides stretchiness and elasticity, is naturally anti-bacterial, and can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture before feeling wet. Wool is also a breathable fabric that can be used year-round. There are tons of easy-to-make patterns available on the internet – Stefanie Japel's Knit-Your-Own-Soakers tutorial from last year is one of many great resources for do-it-yourself wool soakers.
Caring for your wool soakers is easier than you might think, too. As with any woolen garment, you can pre-treat any soiled areas with full-strength Eucalan before soaking it in cool water mixed with a drop of your favorite Eucalan scent. Once it’s had a good soak, you can gently squeeze the article out, then roll it in a towel to remove excess moisture and lay it flat to dry. Our video tutorial below will take you through this process step-by-step if you're new to hand-washing garments.
For parents-on-the-go, you can throw several soakers to soak in the washing machine (again, cool water and a little bit of Eucalan is all you need!), then using the spin cycle to remove excess water before laying your soakers out to dry.
Because you bypass the wash cycle, you will save several gallons of water with each wash! The no-rinse formula is biodegradeable and phosphate-free, which means it’s better for the environment, better for baby’s skin, and better for the life of your garment. The lanolin in the formula conditions and softens woolens, and Eucalyptus is a natural moth and flea inhibitor. If you prefer, you can choose the Lavender scent, which is a natural antiseptic and will also keep moths away; Grapefruit, which is a natural antiseptic; or Natural, which is our unscented formula that is perfect for those who have fragrance sensitivities.
Please note: From time to time, you will need to lanolize your diaper covers; our product is intended for use in conjunction with a pure lanolin when caring for wool soakers. In between lanolizing, Eucalan helps condition fibres and deter dust mites.