I use Eucalan wool wash on mine and that works great! Just follow the instructions that come with the wool wash, very easy to apply. To use the aristocrat, I put a fitted on my baby and then put the 'crat on. Air it between changes if it's not pooped on.
Once in a while wool needs more lanolin than whats in the Eucalan. I guess you'll know, when it leaks on ya. Some people use just lanolin about once a month(i have the kind you'd buy for sore nipples when bf'ing. Starts with an L).<br>
After you wash, gently squeeze out the water and roll it up in a towel to help get the water out of the crat.
So easy.....................just like mom2jerry said! I love our aristrocrate...........want another, but no money! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
We use our aristocrats overnight (I have 2 children who each wear one). For overnight, use a good, powerful (ie absorbs a lot) fitted or a souped up PF and put the aristocrats over it.<br><br>
Washing: the main thing is not to agitate wool too much and not to "shock" it by changing temperature on it quickly. I usually just make my own wool wash. I have a bottle of regular, pure lanolin that I got in the skin section of the Whole Foods store. I put a couple dollops of that in very hot tap water (or heat to nice and hot in a microwave...) I usually fill the mug 1/2 full w/ hot water and add up to a tablespoon of lanolin (although I'm not measuring, I'm just letting it goop out :LOL ). Then I add a couple drops of baby shampoo and stir it up. The baby shampoo should change the water from looking like oil globs in water to a milky (smooth) color. Then I add cool water to cool the whole mix down. OK, so now you have your wool wash.<br><br>
Then I fill a sink about 1/2full of warm/tepid water and add the aristocrats turned inside-out (or whatever wool). I let the cover soak in the water. Then I pour the now-tepid wool wash through the wet zone (remember, you're pouring it directly on the wet zone thats next to the diaper). Then I put the whole thing back in the sink and let it soak it all up.<br><br>
Later, when I remember, I gently squeeze the excess water and hang to dry. Some folks like to roll it in a towel to drain excess water, but I'd rather not give a towel any of the precious lanolin. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> (the towel method will help it dry faster though)