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I'm having two problems with my knit wool soakers. The first is that when I wash them the colors bleed. I wash them in lukewarm water with some lanolin soap. I've been using Lana 20% lanolin soap but don't like it much. I recently ordered some Eucalan and am just waiting for it to arrive. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions for me?<br><br>
Second, my lanolizing doesn't seem to work. I put the soakers in the sink with some water, heat a cup of water in the microwave and dissolve the lanolin in that. Then I add the lanolin in the hot water to the sink, squeeze the soakers gently and then let them sit for a few minutes. I've actually had urine pour right through a soaker as if my baby wasn't wearing anything at all. What am I doing wrong here?<br><br>
TIA for your help.
 

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Mabye if you let the wool sit in the sink longer. I let my wool sit in the sink with warm water for at least 30 mins and I take it out before the water gets cold. Doodle Bottoms has great instructions on lanolinizing wool too (scroll the menu on the left to the very bottom and the instructions are there) <a href="http://www.doodlebottoms.com/store/" target="_blank">http://www.doodlebottoms.com/store/</a><br><br>
Hope that helps.
 

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Oh sorry I forgot to respond to your first problem...I had trouble with my green wool cover bleeding too. I just make sure that I wash that cover alone. I am hoping after several washes that it will stop bleeding though.
 

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One thing that will make a difference is the absorbancy of the diaper. If the diaper isn't holding the the pee such that is slowly seeps through to the wool soaker (versus a big gush) then it probably isn't absorbant enough to use with that soaker.
 

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Lots of my wool bleeds. I think that is a common wool prob..<br><br>
And peeing thru wool... hmm,maybe its the soaker, not you.... try lanolizing for 20-30 mins
 

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when you heat your lanolin and water, add a dash of baby soap or wool soap to help disperse it. and shake it quite vigorously! do you have "gobs" of lanolin in your mixture? you could end up applying it in clumps if you get what i mean, so try the dash of baby soap and the shaking.<br><br>
i'm with the pp about the diaper underneath. also, do you have a super-flooder peer?<br><br>
as for bleeding, wool is a natural fiber and will release dye from time to time, especially when it's relatively new. just wash them alone and don't worry about the water turning colors. it won't stain your diapers. if some dye gets on them it will wash out, i promise! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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