How do you get lanolin out of breast pads?

Answered by Robert Flynn

To get lanolin out of breast pads, it’s important to handle the pads with care to avoid felting or shrinking the wool fibers. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to effectively remove lanolin from your breast pads:

1. Fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water, as it can strip away the natural lanolin and damage the wool fibers. Cold water should also be avoided, as it can shock the wool fibers, leading to felting and shrinkage.

2. Add a small amount of lanolin soap to the water. It’s important to use just enough soap to create mild suds in the water. Using too much soap can be difficult to rinse out completely and may leave a residue on the pads.

3. Gently move the breast pads in the water to ensure they are evenly soaked. Avoid agitating or scrubbing the pads vigorously, as this can cause the wool fibers to felt and tangle.

4. Let the breast pads soak in the soapy water for about 5-10 minutes. This allows the lanolin soap to penetrate the pads and loosen any trapped lanolin.

5. After the soaking time, gently squeeze the breast pads to release excess water. Avoid twisting or wringing the pads, as this can damage the delicate wool fibers.

6. Rinse the breast pads thoroughly under lukewarm water. Make sure to rinse out all the soap and lanolin from the pads. You can gently squeeze the pads while rinsing to help remove any remaining residue.

7. Once the pads are rinsed, gently squeeze out excess water again and reshape them to their original size and shape. Avoid stretching or pulling the pads, as this can distort their shape.

8. Lay the breast pads flat on a clean towel and roll the towel up to absorb any remaining moisture. Press gently on the rolled-up towel to remove excess water.

9. lay the breast pads on a clean, dry towel or flat surface to air dry completely. Avoid using heat sources such as a dryer or direct sunlight, as they can shrink or distort the pads.

Remember to always follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer for your specific breast pads. If the pads still have a lingering lanolin smell after washing, you can repeat the process or try using a lanolin-free detergent specifically designed for wool.

Removing lanolin from breast pads requires gentle handling, lukewarm water, and a mild lanolin soap. By following these steps and taking care not to shock or agitate the wool fibers, you can effectively remove lanolin and keep your breast pads clean and fresh.