How To Wash Wool Running Socks
Here are instructions forhow to wash wool running socks. Wool running socks are best washed by hand to avoid the chance of socks shrinking or getting ruined in the washing machine. Even wool running socks that claim to be machine washable should be washed with care, and only on the gentle or hand-wash setting in cold water with low agitation. Washing socks by hand is not hard, it just takes a bit of time.
- Fill a utility sink or plastic bucket with cool water. Mix in either a small amount of mild dish detergent, or a detergent that is made especially for hand-washing wool items. These specialized detergents can be found in yarn stores and in many department stores near the other laundry items.
- Put your wool running socks into the sink or bucket and gently push under the water, then leave the socks alone for a few minutes to let the water naturally soak into them. To save time, you can wash several pairs of socks at once.
- Use your hands to swish wool running socks around in the water. Pick them up one at a time and gently squeeze water and soap out of them, then replace in soapy water and repeat. Be careful not to handle socks roughly or use hot water for this process, as this could make the wool fibers mat together, rendering socks unwearable for running.
- Once all the socks have been squeezed out, dump soapy water out and rinse sink or bucket, then refill with cool, clear water and put wool running socks back in to soak for a few minutes. Some wool washes don’t need to be rinsed out, but it’s a good idea to do it anyway, as the remains that dry onto socks could be irritating to feet when they get sweaty.
- After socks are rinsed, lay them outside in the sun to dry. You can also use a wooden sock blocker, available in many craft stores and online, to shape socks and allow them to air dry faster. Never put wool running socks in the dryer.
Taking good care of your wool running socks will help them last longer and help you to feel more comfortable while running.