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I find that my wool covers get cleanest, especially when pooped on, by agitating in the washing machine. Warm or cool water (not hot or cold), Eucalan (you can use baby shampoo or any kind of shampoo, but I find Eucalan cleans better), gentle agitation. My washer has a "prewash" setting which just washes and spins out (no rinsing, as you don't want to rinse out Eucalan), but you could do the same thing on a regular cycle by simply stopping the machine before the rinse cycle and moving it to spin.

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is it an actual *stain* or is it just poo residue?

If we get poo on our wool covers (happens way too often
), here's what I do: rinse as much as possible off under warm running water. Put a dab of Eucalan or baby shampoo on the poo spot and gently rub together. Rinse under more warm running water, then fill the sink with warm water and Eucalan, toss the cover in and let it sit until I remember it hours later. Squeeze out water, roll cover in towel and walk on towel, then hang over shower rod to dry.

We don't have any stains on our covers, no problems with felting, and the covers dry pretty quickly since I get so much water out with the towel.

FWIW, we have two Sugarpeas wool covers and two knit soakers. If you're gentle about the rubbing and don't shock it with a drastic temperature change, you shouldn't have to worry about felting.

HTH!
 
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