How to stop wool from itching

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How to stop wool from itching
Wool from sheep is used in clothing. (sheep image by Nenad Djedovic from

Wool can be a lovely fabric to wear. It absorbs moisture, maintaining warmth, and wool also absorbs colour well, making it easy to find attractive jumpers and other woollen items of clothing. Wool has been worn for centuries---and for centuries people have itched while wearing wool. But according to an article, a new wool processing technique claims to eliminate the itch factor. Baring that, however, there are simple measures that might alleviate itching and enable a person to wear wool.

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    Buy a more expensive woollen fabric, such as merino wool. Choose a thinner, finer wool that has a better quality wool fibre. Look for woollen garments that have already been lined, perhaps with a cotton fabric. Higher-end wool is less likely to cause itching.

    How to stop wool from itching
    Choose a garment made from a fine wool. (woollen clew image by Stepanov from
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    Use a talcum powder that keeps your skin dry because moisture will exacerbate any itching. Ideally, wear a long-sleeved silk knit or thin cotton top between your skin and the woollen item, forming a barrier between your skin and the wool. Itching is often more common around the neck, so wear a wool item with a lower neckline.

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    Hand wash your woollen garments with "wool wash," and use fabric conditioner. Washing the woollen garment several times will make it softer and make irritation of your skin less likely. Hand wash the garment before wearing it for the first time.

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    Look for labels such as "Smartwool" that carry a guarantee that the itme will not cause itching. If you suffer from eczema or atopic dermatitis, consider avoiding wool as you are more susceptible to developing a reaction to the wool.

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