7 Wool Myths, Debunked!
You’ll often find us shouting about how wool bedding can deliver up to 25% more stage 4 regenerative sleep, or how it’s a great solution for those suffering from allergies. We also love wool because it’s incredibly fire resistant, which is more than can be said for goose down, duck feather or synthetic alternatives.
This post will attempt to debunk any myths that surround the miracle fibre…
Myth Number 1: Wool is itchy
It would be unfair to completely dismiss this myth without acknowledging that some coarser wool’s can in fact irritate delicate skin. Sheep that live in certain environments can produce coarse wool. Wool such as Extrafine Merino wool is very soft and comfortable next to the skin. Just check out the fabulous merino base layers for the active outdoor market! The coarser wool’s are more resilient and ideal for bedding and mattresses. It’s always best to choose the right wool for the right purpose!
Myth Number 2: Wool attracts dust mites
There’s a lot of misleading information out there about these little critters! They don’t ‘eat wool’ and they don’t ‘eat dust’. The truth is they do eat bacteria and fungus that grows in the soft furnishings around our homes, yuk!
Synthetic and feather/down filled furnishings create a great environment for bacteria and fungus to grow in because they hold moisture so well – ideal for dust mites. Wool is too dry, and therefore uninhabitable for dust mites.
Myth Number 3: Wool is flammable
We have absolutely no idea where this myth started, but some people believe wool is flammable. Wool quite simply does not ignite!
Believe it or not wool is often used in situations where fire safety is paramount. In fact, the fabric used in aircraft, cars and even in fire and military uniforms or all made of wool.
Myth Number 4: Wool is too warm for summer
It’s true that wool is fantastic for keeping you warm in winter, but did you know that it will also keep you cool in summer? Wool has evolved over thousands of years to keep sheep healthy and comfortable, no matter how much wool they have on their backs. In fact, wools microscopic structure can keep you cool by wicking moisture away from your skin.
Myth Number 5: Wool is very expensive
On the face of it, wool is expensive when compared to synthetic alternatives – what’s not considered is the long term value of wool. For example, a wool duvet can last you in excess of 20 years if looked after correctly. A synthetic alternative is likely to last just 3 years. Add into the mix the extensive list of wool benefits and it’s easy to see why wool is a better solution.
Myth Number 6: I’m allergic to Wool
Genuine Wool Allergies are EXTREMELY rare (approximately 1 person in 100,000)! So why do so many people think they’re allergic to wool? It’s simply a case of poor quality wool feeling prickly or itchy on your skin.
Myth Number 7: Wool smells
This is a funny myth, we think it’s more to do with people linking this natural fibre with the fluffy animal they see on the farm! The truth is that sheep do smell a little, which is understandable. However, your wool products, such as throws, blankets, bedding, clothing and yarn are all specially washed to remove lanolin and any organic matter. If your wool product does smell slightly, it’s worth airing it for a day or two.
If you know of any more myths about wool, why not share them below…
by Charlotte Mason
14 May 2017
I personally don't have a problem with the smell, but I'm worried in case it's a problem for my toddler.... With your wool expertise, could you advise if a significant sheep's wool smell is ok for a baby to sleep with? Both products are way too big to fit in my washing machine, so I'm hesitant to do a meagre hand-wash and risk worsening the smell...
I'm presuming your mattress topper isn't one of ours? I can't see an order on our system under your name, and our toppers are twice scoured to remove the lanolin, and most of the scent of wool.
As for the sheep smell, I don't see this being a problem for your toddler (though for safety purposes, I wouldn't like to guarantee it won't be). The smell of sheep should start to subside over time.
If this isn't the case, I'd suggest that you try and air the products as well as you can by hanging them over a washing line on a nice day.
I do hope this helps,