Washable, Chemical Free Wool

Yes wool is washable; sheepskins too.

Well-treated wool is soft, not prickly; hypoallergenic; naturally fire resistant; resilient and most importantly ENTIRELY WASHABLE.

Is all wool organic or chemical free?

When commercial wool is processed in large modern mills, it is hammered with sulphuric acid, fire retardant chemicals, insect repellant and other chemicals and aggressive actions that strip all the natural lanolin from the wool and break many of the wool fibres. Under a microscope, a broken wool fibre forms little barbs – of course commercial wool feels prickly.

Wool itself is soft and resilient and almost silky feeling. MacAusland’s Woollen Mills, processes all our fleeces in a manner that is respectful of the properties of the wool. Our wool bedding, blankets, and other products are chemical free: they use soap, no detergent, and no other chemical process in the cleaning; no chemical additions. That’s the advantage of a traditional, old-fashioned mill. That is why our wool smells and feels so good.

Wool is naturally hypoallergenic (except for the rare person who is sensitive to lanolin).

It is fire resistant, resistant to dust mites and insulates beautifully. There is no compelling reason to add chemicals, and we don’t.

All our wool and sheepskin products are washable – after all, sheep stay out in all weathers. It is extreme heat and agitation that will cause wool fibres to adhere, and the product to shrink. Follow our washing instructions above and you will have no problem washing any of our wool or sheepskin products. We guarantee it.

Humans have been selecting sheep for wool quality for thousands of years. A lot has been written about wool and its uses. Some of the information about sheep and wool is available on the internet. The following is a very brief summation of wool’s most important attributes:


The natural crimp of sheep’s wool fiber allows it to turn and bend thereby giving this fiber resilience and elasticity. Thus wool products quickly recover from wrinkling. Wool’s crimp also contributes to wool’s bulk, loft, durability, warmth, and resistance to tearing and abrasion.


Sheep wool can absorb up to 30% of its dry weight in moisture without feeling clammy or damp. This moisture absorbing ability makes wool comfortable in either warm or cold conditions. Perspiration is absorbed in winter and summer helping the human body to deal with both hot and cold weather conditions.


Sheep wool naturally resists burning as there is moisture in every fiber. Flame causes wool to char rather than flare up. It will stop burning when the flame is removed.


Sheep wool is easily dyed by many different dyes.


The small scales on the outer layer of sheep wool help make wool able to felt. The edges of wool fibers interlock when subjected to agitation/friction, and pressure in wet, moist conditions.

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