Wear More – Wash Less: How to Care for Your Wool

Don’t believe the hype: caring for Ibex wool is simple and straightforward. With spring temps warming our backs, now is the perfect time for a little refresher on summer-weight Merino wool* maintenance.  First we’ll share the “essentials” for cleaning and caring for your wool. Bonus: we’ll also suggest a few easy tips to maximize your water and energy use in the process.

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PHOTO: Sheep’s hottub.

The sheep do their part in bringing your fave Ibex apparel to your closet; now it’s up to you. You already know Ibex Merino wool is relatively quick drying, renewable and naturally versatile. Did you also know it’s super easy to care for? It is the über-garment: an athlete’s tool, a conservationist’s dream, and a Maytag repairman’s nightmare.

With all due apologies to those in the appliance repair industry, Ibex does not need to be cleaned often, is highly durable, and can be worn year-round with little care. If you take care of your Ibex wool, it will take care of you.

*Technically, these tips apply to all Ibex Merino wool, but we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to remind you that lightweight Merino is awesome for summer sweat and style.

FOR YOUR WOOL

● Always check the care label on each Ibex piece, as care may vary depending on the product.

● Wash with cold water using an Ibex recommend detergent.

● If air drying, remove excess water after washing by gently rolling the garment in a towel.

● Dry on a flat surface, away from direct heat or sunlight.

● Please don’t use fabric softener and bleach; it is not needed.

● Wool performs very well in all conditions and will hold up better to stains, odors, and flame without the need for dry cleaning, synthetic detergents, and excessive water use.

FOR YOUR ENVIRONMENT

● Before you launder, consider “airing out” your Ibex wool. Naturally odor-resistant, sometimes all she needs is a little air to flow through (out of direct sunlight).

● Ibex wool is machine-washable, so if needed, choose a high efficiency machine (typically front-loading) and an appropriate detergent.

● It’s best to wash wool in cold water.  Perfect!  This way you save on water heating costs.

● Front load machines require less water, hold larger loads (no agitator) and save energy in reduced water heating.

● Front-load washers can easily save over $100 per year in energy costs, and they use ½ as much water.

● No agitator in front loading machine means gentler wash, which is perfect for performance merino apparel.

● Wool is best air dried, so forgo the electric or gas dryer and hang on a line or lay flat on table.

If “wear more and wash less” doesn’t jive with your notion of cleanliness, think of it as “wash smart and stink less.”  After all, Merino sheep spend 365 days a year outside without bathing and they smell surprisingly awesome.

[Ed. note: Perhaps that’s the newest scent-oriented, pick-up line, “Is that sheep you’re wearing?”] If you must wash your clothes (if only occasionally!) follow these simple tips to get the most for your money, time, and investment.