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Washing Merino wool socks

Unlike other fibres, wool is odour resistant, so you wool socks will smell better than socks made from other fibres, meaning you can wear them multiple times before you start to get odd looks from people.

There are multiple benefits to wool socks: aside from having to wash less frequently (and let’s face it, who actually enjoys doing the laundry?), it also means you can pack less socks when travelling, leaving more room in your suitcase for other things. Wool also has a host of natural benefits such as breathability - so your feet will tend not to get hot and clammy, which is particularly good during exercise.

One of the major selling points for wool socks is that they don't need to be washed as often as socks made from other fibres, such as cotton or synthetics. By letting your wool socks air overnight, there’s a high chance you can wear them again the next day and they will continue to feel fresh and comfortable, and won't smell.

But, when it does come time to wash your wool socks, treat them the same as washing wool clothes. If you still have the product’s care claim then it’s best to follow these instructions.


How to wash wool socks in the washing machine

  1. Turn machine washable socks inside out
  2. Set washing machine to wool setting. If your washing machine does not have a wool
  3. cycle, then it is recommended to use the cold water wash or wash cycle for delicates
  4. Use a Woolmark-approved wool detergent, or a mild, gentle detergent.

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How to wash wool socks


How to hand wash wool socks

  1. Place your Hand Wash Only socks in a tub with clean, lukewarm water, approximately 30°C
  2. Use a mild and gentle, or Woolmark-approved detergent
  3. Soak for a period of 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly firstly in lukewarm water, then finally in cold water.
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Lisa Griplas has more than ten years experience in the media and communications industry. A journalist by trade, she spent a number of years working at a daily newspaper before moving to The Woolmark Company to take up the role of Global Editor, a title she holds today.