If you spend a lot of time in the great outdoors, you know the weather doesn’t always corporate with your planned activities. But isn’t that the draw to enjoying the outdoors? You just never know what you’re going to get, and overcoming this is part of the attraction. When’s the last time you camped and it completely down poured during the middle of the night? This happens to the best of us, even if we only go camping once a year. You can never be over prepared when spending the night in nature. Equipping yourself with the best items, like a great wool blanket, can sometimes be the difference between life and death.
It isn’t just leisurely trips that could benefit from lifesaving products, but those in the military are usually required to have a wool blanket included in their pack. Wool blankets are known for having great qualities that can aid in emergency situations, but also are great blankets that will keep you extremely warm and are water repellant in wet climates.
Benefits of a Wool Blanket
There is a reason wool blankets can be used as emergency blankets, and are also great camping blankets. They have great qualities that not a lot of people are aware of!
- Warmth: Wool is most widely known for its ability to provide warmth and regulate your individual body temperature, which most use to keep them warm during the winter. Wool is great at insulating, in order to keep warm air in, but it’s also great at doing the opposite when it’s warm outside.
- Breathability: Surprisingly, good quality wool blankets provide warmth and breathability. Most synthetic fibers on the other hand, do not make breathable fabrics. As wool keeps you warm during the colder months, it can also use its breathability to keep you cool during the warmer months by letting air in and getting rid of other heat and moisture.
- Water-resistant: Wool naturally repels water, making it a great fabric to use for outdoor blankets in wet climates, or emergency blankets in order to keep moisture out. This also makes it resistant to rot, mold, and mildew!
- Fire-retardant: Wool is also naturally fire retardant, so it’s a great blanket to use by the campfire where other blankets could easily catch fire. This is also another great quality for an emergency blanket in case you need to extinguish a fire, you can cover it with a wool blanket.
- Anti-allergenic: Wool does not keep static, so it does not attract dust and dirt. Those that are allergic or extremely sensitive to dust or house mites, may see benefits when switching their bedding to wool instead of a heavy duvet or comforter.
Care Instructions of a Wool Blanket
Since not many know about the benefits of wool, then it’s likely they don’t know about how to care for wool. When wool gets dirty, the dirt sits on the surface of the fiber, so it does not take much to clean it. However, when you do it’s important to know how to treat a wool blanket, as it’s not the same as other blankets.
- Brush your blanket. Regularly brushing your wool blankets with a soft-bristle brush will help to improve the structural strength of the blanket and will also make the surface of the blanket not so hard. Just brush down the long axis of the blanket.
- Immediately clean liquid stains from blanket. Wool is naturally water repellent but after soaking for a few minutes in its dense fabric, the stains will stay. After that, they are incredibly hard to remove. To clean stains, take warm water and mild detergent to soak the area you spilled and blot.
- Wash on cold water and with wool safe detergent. Since dirt sits on the top layer of wool, you simply can put your wool blanket in the washer with cold water and your wool safe detergent, allowing it to soak for 15 minutes in the detergent/water. Then put the washer on a gentle cycle, letting it run for about 2 minutes. Stop the cycle, and manually switch to a rinse cycle. That’s all!
- Air dry your blanket. On the reviews of most wool blankets, there are comments about the wool blanket falling apart in the dryer or continuing to shed. In order to avoid this it’s important to air dry your blanket while also washing your wool blanket properly. The dryer can crush the wool fibers and destroy the softness of them.
All in all, wool blankets are not like any other blanket. If you find a good quality wool blanket, then it should last you a very long time. Make sure you are taking proper care of your blanket by keeping it away from your dryer, even if the care instructions tell you it’s fine. Lastly, make sure wherever you’re buying your blanket from that they have a good return policy, just in case you aren’t satisfied with the product.