Ways to make wool less itchy to wear

Wool is by far one of the most sustainable and durable materials to use for clothing and home textiles. From homeware like blankets to clothing like womens cardigans, fishermans sweater mens wear and socks, wool will keep you warm without the large impact on the environment caused by manmade materials.

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Vogue says that buying less but better-quality clothing is one of the best things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. You can also support local communities and heritage by buying certain products, like these fisherman sweaters from shoparan.com/mens-aran-sweaters/mens-fisherman-sweaters, or Scottish wool kilts.

Wool products can, however, be a little itchy depending on the type of wool used and the method of manufacture. The good news is that there are a number of ways of either reducing or avoiding this entirely


Vinegar is cheap, sustainable and has too many uses to list. An easy way to reduce wool itchiness is to mix 30 ml of white vinegar and a bucket of cold water (about 8 litres) and submerge the item for 15 minutes, not forgetting to turn it inside out at some point. This should soften the wool fibres. Fully rinse off the vinegar.

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Good quality conditioners without silicones and sulphates can also help to soften wool. Using an amount about the size of a 10-pence piece at a time, massage it into the wool. Leave it for 30 minutes and then rinse with cold water.


An unusual way of softening wool fibres is to freeze them. After you have done one of the steps above, when your wool item is fully dry, fold it up and put it in an airtight bag. Leave it overnight in the freezer, and enjoy your newly-softer wool item!

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