washing wool blankets

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I purchased several all wool military blankets. Now I need to wash them. How do I wash them and not have them shrink? I washed one wool blanket before, and it didn't end up the same size it was before the washing. It was old and about worn out, so I didn't worry about it much, but these are new and I want them to last several years. Any help would be appreciated.

-- A.C. Green (ratdogs10@yahoo.com), November 28, 1999


Cold water and line dry.

-- Marci (ajourend@libby.org), November 28, 1999.

As Marci said, cold water and line dry (or throw over the bushes) I don't put mine in the washing machine! swish around in the bathtub and rinse twice, GENTLY squeeze excess water out.

-- kathy (catfish@bestweb.net), November 28, 1999.

Agitation in a washing machine will cause felting and shrinkage, Hand wash in cold water or use delicate cycle cold water , Line dry.Herbal dog shampoo works well to wash anything wool.

-- kathy hart (saddlebronc@msn.com), November 30, 1999.

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