I have not tried or thought about using wool. I've read so many horror stories about wool and the price is high for us as well. I'm a very cheap frugal mama, :p I'd like to try out wool some day. I have to admit that the knitted/crochetted wool covers are adorable and I'd probably buy them all if I had the funds.
If you are thinking about using wool as a cover here is some info I have put together....
In short, wool is
- odor-resistant, and
If that settles it for you, skip down to the next heading. If you’re into all that "sciency" stuff, read on:
Antibacterial: In contrast to synthetics, which are commonly used as wetness barriers when cloth diapering, wool is antibacterial. The difference lies in the way the fibers wick. Synthetics hold or block moisture in its liquid state, thus creating an ideal breeding ground for bacteria to grow. Wool, on the other hand, absorbs moisture in its vapor state, easily releasing it into the air, before bacteria ever has a chance to set up shop.
Self-cleansing: Wool is lanolin-rich. Lanolin is a popular ingredient in soapmaking. Lanolin’s constant presence in wool, along with the friction produced by vapor-swollen wool fibers, enables the wool to perpetually scrub itself clean. On those occasions when wool gets soiled with larger particles that can’t evaporate, the lanolin content makes it a breeze to rinse those deposits away.
Breathable: Individual wool fibers are crimped, and this crimping creates thousands of microscopic chambers of trapped air. In conjunction with wicking away moist vapors, this trapped air enables the skin to breathe, keeping it warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. Many athletes are rediscovering this unique property of wool, and use wool year round as the ultimate technical base layer.
Odor-resistant: Odors are caused by bacteria growing on the fibers. Because wool is anti-bacterial: no bacteria, no odor!
Fire-retardant: One of the ways to identify an unknown fiber is the burn test. Among wool’s attributes is that it is difficult to light, and it extinguishes itself. Since most synthetics are petroleum based, well.. you figure it out.DOs and DON'Ts
DO fasten hook/loop closures onto fold back tabs to prevent diapers from getting stuck together into a "diaper chain". Diapers and covers that do not have fold back tabs should be turned inside out and fastened closed.
DO use the highest water level available in your machine to help rinse diapers completely.
DO unfold/unstuff diapers before placing in the washer to allow complete cleaning.
DO smell your diapers after washing. If they smell stinky or smell like detergent, do another hot rinse to get all the detergent out.
DON'T use bleach or fabric softener on any diapering products. Beware that "baby" detergents and "free & clear" or "natural" detergents can contain oils that leave a coating and affect absorbency.
DON'T use natural soaps, as the natural oils can leave a residue on microfleece causing it to repel liquid.
DON'T use Desitin or other diaper creams containing zinc oxide, as that is very difficult to wash out of diapers. You can use our olive oil-base Healing Salve safely with cloth diapers, or if you need to use stronger medicated creams, use a flushable liner.
So maybe in the future, when I find a job, I will buy a few covers and see how they work!