Nothing is cozier than some wool socks on a chilly day. Wool is a natural fiber that has great wicking qualities to pull moisture away from skin. Wool fibers are "bouncy" and provides resilient padding to feet and wool is a tough, long-lasting fiber so your socks will be cozy for many, many years.
Whether you buy mass-manufactured wool socks or are lucky enough to get a pair of hand-knit socks, the key to caring for wool socks is understanding what type of wool yarn is used. This will determine whether the socks can be machine washed and dried or if they need to be hand washed.
Siberian Wool Socks have 90% wool and 10% nylon.
Artificially created Nylon (10%) is needed to give them strength, otherwise wool fibers are not strong enough and will not last long.
Siberian Wool Socks have a particular smell. What you smell is mainly natural lanolin, which indicates very high-quality wool (with some of the natural ‘grease’ left in) that has been well-cared-for.
Lanolin smell is normal and expected from very high-quality wool products.
You usually don’t get this very high-quality wool in the regular stores and people are not used any more to the smell of the real wool.
One of our Scottish customers after smelling the socks said: “This is the real staff !” Scottish people also know a lot about wool.
Overtime and after several washes the smell will lessen, but real wool will always have some smell to it unless it is treated with some chemicals.
How to Wash Siberian Wool Socks:
- Turn socks inside-out.
- Hand wash in cold water is strongly recommended. Machine wash on gentle cycle in cold water might be acceptable.
- Use mild soap; no bleach or fabric softener.
- Dry flat.
How to Store Siberian Wool Socks
- Make sure they are clean first. Moths are attracted to body and food smells left in the fibers after wearing.
- Store socks flat, not rolled into balls. Balling up socks can distort the shape.
- Use plastic bags or boxes. These do the best job of keeping your clothes in tip-top condition, but they don’t allow them to breathe. If your wool clothes are in storage for a year or more, air them out for a while before re-packing for storage.
- Include some cedar. The heartwood of cedar helps keep out moths and other creatures that might harm your hibernating clothes.