How to Take Care of Merino Wool

How to Take Care of Merino Wool

Since Merino wool is naturally odor-resistant, it can be worn again and again before it needs to be washed. If you hang Merino wool clothes in a well-ventilated place after each use, you’ll get even more time between washes.

When the time comes for cleaning, it’s quite simple. Merino wool isn’t much more difficult than any of your other clothes. Here are some guidelines to follow when washing, drying and caring for your Merino wool.

Washing Merino Wool

Merino wool clothes, hats and accessories can be laundered like any other piece of clothing -- wash with like colors, use regular laundry detergent, and use a cool or warm setting (no hot water).

Never use bleach or fabric softener with Merino wool. If you prefer to dry clean your clothes, that’s works fine for Merino too.

Drying Merino Wool

Merino wool dries pretty quickly, so we recommend line drying outside in the shade or inside on a drying rack. Air drying can extend the life of Merino wool clothes.

If you’d rather, you can tumble dry them on a low temperature setting. Dry Merino wool clothes in the dryer on their own or with similar garments.

Ironing and Finishing Merino Wool

Only iron Merino wool products on your iron’s wool setting. Don’t iron prints or labels on the clothes. Tags in all Ridge Merino wool garments are removable -- just tear them out if you don’t want them.

Some of our lighter Merino wool clothing may take longer to lose creases after laundering. You can iron light fabrics with a damp cloth or steam iron on a warm iron/dot 2 setting.

Merino wool naturally has some pilling. The shorter fibers in the wool will work their way to the surface of the fabric. It’ll subside over time with more washes, but you can also wash your Merino wool products with a heavy fabric (like a pair of jeans) every once in a while to help remove the shorter fibers. Make sure any zippers are closed so they won’t touch the Merino wool.

Lifespan of Merino Wool Clothing

On a long enough timeline, all Merino wool clothing will need to be retired. 100% natural fabrics (like Merino wool) will actually biodegrade on their own and return to the natural earth they came from.

Since we don’t all have the ability to compost our all-natural clothing, the best way to retire Merino wool clothing is to donate it to your local thrift store. If they can’t use it, ask if they have a recycling facility they can send it to.

Reducing consumption is even better than recycling, so our Merino wool clothing is all high-quality and intended to last as long as possible.

With odor-resistance, easy cleaning and the ability to regulate body temperature, Merino wool clothing will quickly become a welcome year-round staple to your wardrobe.


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