How do you use the wool wash?
Although Kookaburra Wash was originally developed to clean and revitalize sheepskin, woolen and knitted products, it's superb for the care of all fine fabrics as well. Silk, Synthetics and cotton all benefit from being washed with Kookaburra.
Our 16 ounce bottle of Kookaburra Wash will wash up to 80 hand washed loads.
Woolen, and Blended Washable Products:
Kookaburra can be used in any water temperature. Follow the manufacturers instructions.
You may spot clean heavily soiled areas with full strength Kookaburra prior to washing.
Top Loading Machines: Measure 1-2 FL OZ for a large load and half the quantity for a small load for Front loading machines 1/2 - 1 ounce is sufficient.
Follow manufacturer direction for setting selection.
Measure 1 TSP to 1 Gallon of water.
Rinse with cold water.
If machine washing, spin out excess water then allow to air dry. If hand washing, do not wring . Air dry.
Hand Washing Silk:
Check for color fastness. Measure 1 TSP to 1 Gallon of lukewarm water. Spot clean heavily soiled areas with full strength Kookaburra and soak for 15 to 20 minutes, squeezing gently. Rinse and squeeze excess water out; roll in towel and squeeze. Iron while damp with a medium hot iron.
Hand and Machine Washing High Wet Modulus (HWM) Rayon:
The terms frequently used to describe HWM rayon in apparel include "polynosic" rayon or the trade name MODAL tm. Check for color fastness. Follow instructions for wool. Iron on reverse side (use synthetic setting) when nearly dry or with a damp cloth.
Hand Washing Antique Lace:
Always wash in warm or cold water. Never use hot water. Handle Antique Lace with care. Measure 1Tsp Kookaburra Wash or Kookaburra Delicate for each Gallon of lukewarm water. Soak the item for 30 to 45 minutes, squeezing gently from time to time. Rinse with cold water and lay flat to dry.
Hand Washing Delicate Lingerie:
Always wash in warm or cold water. Never use hot water. Measure 1Tsp Kookaburra Wash or Kookaburra Delicate for each Gallon of lukewarm water. Soak the item for 20 to 30 minutes, squeezing gently from time to time. Rinse with cold water. (Polyester items will dry virtually wrinkle free if hung soaking wet.) Follow manufacturer's directions.
Although these are fibers we’ve discussed cleaning in separate sections, here are some ideas of the range of articles that Kookaburra Wash and Kookaburra Delicate has been proven excellent for:
* All woolen items; woven, knitted, hand knits, homespuns, hand-woven.
* Mohair - angora - alpaca - silk - cashmere.
* Sweaters with beads, sequins, leather or fur trim.
* Rayons - Linens - Cottons - Silks.
* Synthetics and blends.
* Fine lingerie.
* Sheepskin slippers - mittens - vests
* Washable sheepskin rugs
Here’s some other ideas:
* Support hose - panty hose.
* Figure skating and dancing costumes,
* Aerobic and exercise clothing, Tea tree oil is excellent in reducing allergenic irritation. And our product will not damage your garments spandex or elastic.
* Quilts - comforters - duvets - mattress pads.
* Sleeping Bags.
* Lace tableware.
* Sheer curtains - lace curtains
* Wall hangings; needlepoint - crewel - hooked.
* Oriental carpets - hooked rugs.
* Upholstered office chairs
* Spot cleaning carpets - furniture
* Cars; fabric or leather interiors
* Paint brushes. see Mrs. Tarplett's letter in "Comments".
* Dogs and other animals such as Sheep, Llama's and Horses. Tea tree oil is an excellent tick and flea repellent, Kookaburra’s gentle on the animal’s skin and gives luster to the coat. The original formula is used by vets and pet groomers in Australia.
Created to condition and protect fibers during laundering. Garments laundered in our products fade less and last longer due to the specially designed formula which helps reduce fabric breakdown.
Our formulas allow the conditioners to adhere to the fibers providing long term protection even between washings. Gentle on fine washables and effective against heavy soiling.
What does lanolin do for your wools?
LANOLIN - A general background.
An understanding of Lanolin’s unique qualities is helpful.
Lanolin is the precious oily secretion from the skin of the sheep that becomes trapped in the sheep’s wool. When the sheep is shorn each year (the sheep’s hair cut) the wool is washed, processed & the Lanolin Oil extracted & refined.
The Lanolin is the Sheep’s natural nourisher & protector against the extremes of its environment.
These oils of Lanolin are extremely similar to those natural oils we secrete from within our own skin (we’re both animals).
Thus Lanolin is the only animal (human compatible) oil obtainable without having to kill or dissect the animal.
While most moisturising cremes & lotions use as their base oils, either vegetable or mineral oils, they don’t have Lanolin’s compatibility to those oils of our skin. We use some vegetable oils as supplements.
But Lanolin in our opinion forms the greatest replacement of our endlessly leached skin oils (washing, pollution, air-conditioning etc). Leached due to our environmental harshness & modern way of life.
Lanolin in more detail and its history.
* The use of Lanolin in cosmetics and skin care has a history longer than almost any other ingredient. A century of scientific investigation has evolved qualities, traditionally unparalleled in their stringency and surety.
* The performance of this quite remarkable substance and it’s many derivatives has been endlessly demonstrated down through the ages.
* Nature is abundant with materials which are beneficial to humans & their well-being. Lanolin is such a material. Predating Science, it was never "invented" & has never been bettered for versatility. It is the ultimate emollient.
* It is a unique, multifunctional substance, designed by nature, fashioned by man .
* The Stratum Corneum is the outer layer of the Epidermis and is a lipid (oil) rich system, being bathed in an oily coating of Sebum, which is secreted by the Sebaceous glands of the skin.
* The Sebum plays a vital role in moderating the moisture balance of the Stratum Corneum and thereby it’s condition. The moisture within these cells is considered to be in an emulsified form, maintained through the action of naturally surface active Lipids of the Sebum.
* The presence of cellular moisture within this layer is responsible for the plumpness, smoothness, elasticity and translucency of healthy, young skin. Aging, sunlight and the vagaries of life in general result in a reduction in the ability of the Stratum Corneum to retain its ideal moisturise content, so the skin gets drier, rougher & looses it’s youthful elasticity . Certainly this is a natural & inevitable process, but the incorporation of moisturising materials in skin care systems can be effective.
* Emollient - defined as an oil, having the ability to enhance the moisture content of the Stratum Corneum & thereby imparting a smooth softening effect. Lanolin certainly has this effect. Ask a user.
What is Kookaburra Wool Wash with Lanolin and what does it do?
This product is water based and completely biodegradable. It contains no enzymes, phosphates, peroxide, or alkali. I can't say enough good things about Kookaburra. It is safe for all fibers and fabrics (silk, linen, wool, cotton, and even synthetics). I would recommend this to anyone who works with wool of any kind and any craft.
A Little Bit About Tea Tree Oil and Dust Mite
The oil extracted from the leaves of the Australian Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) is well known to be effective against dust mite, a cause of allergen for asthma sufferers, particularly infants.Tea Tree Oil is also noted for it's qualities as a natural fungicide and bacteriostat. It also helps in the healing of wounds and reduces skin irritation. While Kookaburra Wash was developed for sheepskin and woolen products, it's great for the laundering of bed linens and clothing especially for asthma sufferers where dust mite control is a critical matter.
Tea Tree Oil and Lanolin! Put these two ingredients together and you have the best wool wash available for your wool, down, fleece and sheepskin items!
What is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil - The oil extracted from the Australian Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) is well known to be effective against dust mites, a leading allergen for asthma sufferers, particularly infants.
* Tea tree oil - Natural fungicide and bacteriostat.
* Tea tree oil - Antibacterial.
* Tea tree oil - Non-irritating.
* Tea tree oil - Assists in the healing of wounds.
I need more than one 1/4 yard - do you have it?
If it's not listed right now, chances are very good that I can dye more for you. I keep all my dye colors in stock and keep recipes for colors I create myself so I can come very close to matching what you may need. Just email me to let me know you need more and what color you are needing.