Make your own no-rinse wool wash

We love this recipe from reader Samantha Lane, who shared how to make your own no-rinse wool wash.

7th April 2016

"I read your magazine with interest every month and I was interested to see in your article on caring for knitted items,  that you recommend using a no rinse wool wash such as Euclan or Soak.
"You might be interested to know that Euclan say their product was inspired by a no-rinse, home-made product the founder encountered in Australia.
"For decades Martha Gardener, on ABC radio, would read out the recipe for a no rinse wool mix at least once a week. There was no internet back then and so people would ring in again and again to have the recipe read out. The recipe also appears in the Presbyterian Women's Missionary Union Cookbook, and, in the days when women knitted to clothe their families, it was an important part of the domestic culture.
"The jumpers my mother washed with this wool wash were beautifully maintained.
Nowadays you can buy a commercial no-rinse detergent bearing Martha Gardener's name but you can still find the recipe in many places online and here it is:

   4 cups of pure soap flakes
   1 cup of methylated spirits
   50ml of Eucalyptus oil

Mix methylated spirits with soap flakes. Add the Eucalyptus oil and stir. Store in a wide necked jar.

Use one tablespoon of mixture per garment.  Dissolve in a small quantity of hot water and then pour into a basin of lukewarm wash water. Soak garment.

No need to rinse. Squeeze and roll in towel to remove excess water. Dry out of direct sunlight.

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