7 Wool Myths, Debunked!

It goes without saying that we’re advocates of wool; we devote our lives to spreading the word that wool is an incredible fibre that delivers genuine health benefits.

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…


31 Aug 2019
"Synthetic Vs Wool"
I think i would´ve taken this article more serious if it weren´t written so clearly biased. You guys say you are debunking myths but you actually create new ones aswell. Since when do synthetic fibers last 3 years only? There are many many outdoor Jackets made out of Polyester or Polyamid that last way beyond that. In fact if you take care of it you can make it last just as long as any wool coat. Those synthetic materials are known for their high durability that excels that of cotton.
Woolroom's Customer Care Team Hi, thank you for the feedback. We are refferring to sythetic beddihng which has been proven to become collonised with dist mites over a period as little as 6 weeks so the lifespan of bedding items is alot less than a jacket that will only be used partially through the years.

Bedding is used daily and with washing, movement and drying it does not last as long as wool products do. Our bedding is completely natural and has manyh properties that you simply can not find in man made fibres and we love the fact that our bedding is anti allergy, chemical free and sustainable.

Thank you,

14 Dec 2018
"Wool Smell After Washing"
I bought a few 100% wool baselayers and the smell after they have been washed is horrendous! What is this smell and how do I get rid of it?? I’ve now washed the items 4 times and the smell is not dissipating. It doesn’t smell as bad when dried—not at all as bad but I still notice a very mild odor.
Woolroom's Customer Care Team Hi Becky, I can't be sure exactly what the smell is, but would recommend contacting the place you purchased them from (it doesn't look like it was us).

Sorry I couldn't be of more help,

Kind regards,

11 Oct 2018
I just purchased a large 10 x 10 wool hand tuffed rug that has an odor of maybe sheep? Is that what wool smells lime?. My windows are open, but Fall temps are starting to drop here. What can I do?
Woolroom's Customer Care Team Hi David, I can't see an order for you, so assuming it's not one of our rugs (which we've had no feedback about smelling). Depending on the process the wool goes through, some rugs could smell. The best thing to do, is open a window just as you are doing and let the product air. If this isn't working, you could call the place you purchased the rug from and see what they suggest.

I hope this helps.

Kind regards,

17 Sep 2018
"Sheep Kin Fur Rug"
In time do these rugs begin to smell due to the warmth of a house
Woolroom's Customer Care Team Hi Nadia, As long as they have been aired properly then there is no reason for them to smell at all.

14 May 2017
"Wool Smell In Baby Nursery"
I just purchased a wool mattress topper (online from UK) and a large wool rug (made by a local weaver here in Kenya), both for my baby's nursery, but both products smell really strongly of sheep.

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...


Woolroom's Customer Care Team Hi Charlotte,

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,

Kind regards,

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