Wool has a frequency that draws energy to its wearer.
Everything has a frequency, whether it's a radio, person, fork, or fabric. People generally have a frequency of about 80-100. Man-made fabrics, such as polyester, have a frequency of near "0," which means that when we wear them, they are drawing energy from our bodies outward. Cotton has a frequency of around "50," and organic cotton has a frequency of about "100," so it's pretty neutral with our bodies -- not harming too much or helping. Linen and wool are superior fabrics for attire, because their frequencies are around "5,000" each. That means that they draw energy to us, rather than drawing it away! The interesting thing about linen and wool, though, is that when the fibers are intertwined (a.k.a. linsey-woolsey) they have a "0" charge. Maybe this is why the Bible tells us not to mix linen and wool!
Wool is self-cleaning and antibacterial.
Wool diaper covers never smell like urine or feces. As you use them, you simply allow them to dry and use them again. The only time you need to wash them is if they get soiled. Once every month or so, they need to be lanolized so that they continue to absorb moisture; but, that’s it for upkeep because wool doesn’t mold or attract bacteria.
Wool absorbs up to 20% its weight in liquid.
This is why it makes such great diaper covers! Not only is wool a great natural fabric for your baby’s health, it is excellent at absorbing urine when the diaper is full. The only time I’ve ever had a wool cover leak (even on a complete diarrhea blow out) is when it was time to lanolize. The lanolin coats the wool, helping it to keep in the moisture so that it continues to do its job.
Some general information on Wool Diaper Covers:
How many do I need of each size?
It depends on how poopy your baby is. My first child soiled her diapers all the time and I couldn’t keep covers clean in time; but, one of my friends told me that she didn’t even need all four of the ones she’d purchased for her baby. Generally, though, six covers per size is sufficient for any baby.
How to wash the Wool Covers:
As painful as it sounds, it’s best to hand-wash them. I throw mine in the washer sometimes (inside out), but it definitely decreases the life of the covers, and they continue to felt when I do this. Hand-washing covers once or twice a month really isn’t as painful as it sounds, especially if you lanolize them at the same time!
How do I lanolize them?
Purchase lanolin (Target and Wal-Mart both sell it in the nursing section) and a gentle laundry detergent. Then follow these steps:
- Mix up hot water and 1-2 teaspoons of lanolin.
- Mix lukewarm water and soap – about 1 gallon of water to 1 teaspoon of soap. Swish around to make it bubbly.
- Pour the hot water/lanolin mixture into soapy lukewarm water. Stir well.
- Submerge your cover(s) into the mixture.
- Soak for 20-30 minutes.
- Roll the cover(s) into a bath towel. Do not wring the wool, although I do press a little out into the sink before I roll it in the towel. Hang it to dry without adding heat. This generally takes at least 24 hours. Covers are usually very sticky and leave your hands that way. This is a sign that you did it right! J
In order to establish my “authority” on this matter…haha…I’ll tell you that I’ve been cloth diapering for 9 years. I’ve used everything from Chinese Prefolds, Flips, and Inserts, to BumGenius EcoBums, Bummies, and Kushies. I have found that it’s cheaper for me to use Wool Covers over BumGenius, which is what I used to favor. At $15-$27 each for PUL covers, I’ve found that the buttons break, the Velcro gives out, and the elastic stretches long before I’m finished with them. Wool is a natural product that just gets better with time. So, yes. I believe it IS cost effective to use wool, and it’s better for the child, too.
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