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I love my wool blankies but the care instructions say to dry clean only. I know our fore-mothers did no such thing because Ellie Mae an 'em had other ways of doing things.

Just wash it? Hang them on a clothesline and air/sun clean them? Spot treat? I know this isn't earth shattering but a wool blanket is a good thing to have.
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Personally, if it were me, I'd wash it, but NOT dry it because it will shrink. Find a way to keep it "stretched".
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Thanks LastDragonfly.

Cold water I guess.

I feel better asking this kind of "burning" housewifey question - most guys like clean bed "linens' but they rather be out cleaning their guns rather than the wool blankets. LOL

I guess I've done all the major prepping I can do for right now. Except I started a master gardener's class yesterday. Hope I can finish it.
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Thanks LastDragonfly.

Cold water I guess.

I feel better asking this kind of "burning" housewifey question - most guys like clean bed "linens' but they rather be out cleaning their guns rather than the wool blankets. LOL

I guess I've done all the major prepping I can do for right now. Except I started a master gardener's class yesterday. Hope I can finish it.
Yep cold water for sure. LOL. how would they know a housewifey thing like that.

I wouldn't wash it "often" but I would definately stretch it. if you don't you'll be making a pillow case.
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My understanding is that shrinkage of wool is due to a sudden change in temperature. I'd wash in cold water and then line dry (instead of a hot clothes dryer).
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Shrinkage (felting) happens when the fibers bind. Warm water and agitation will felt it very well.

Sun and air it if it's not truly dirty. Wash it if you must.

Hand wash or gentle cycle, use a soap made for wool (you can order this online or just use Woolite) cold water and line dry. Try to handle it as little as possible - don't squeeze or wring. Sandwich between towels and roll to remove most water and best maintain shape.

I work with wool quite a bit, and most items are just never gonna be the same after you wash them.
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These "little" details like how to take care of my queen sized blanket make me feel one tiny iota in control of something.

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