Wool can safely be washed in a washing machine; including your sweaters, blankets. Just make sure you follow the below steps: 

  1. Check that the garment care claim says that you can machine wash your wool sweater, then it means it can safely be machine washed in a washing machine multiple times, without shrinkage taking place
  2. Turn your wool sweater inside out, or use a laundry bag
  3. Add Dirt's wool and delicate wash. A solid load needs 4 pumps, just work up and down from that, based on how much is in your machine. 
  4. Set your cycle to the wool setting. If your washing machine does not have a wool setting, then choose delicate. 

If you are going to hand wash, then you should: 

  1. Fill a bucket with lukewarm water (around 30 degrees which is usually cooler than you think it is)
  2. Add a wool detergent, just two pumps of ours will be plenty 
  3. Soak wool garment for 10 minutes
  4. Rinse thoroughly in lukewarm water
  5. Rinse again in cold water.

Get the drying right. 

The weight of a wet wool garment, can stretch it out if you hang it on a hanger. While it's okay to hang jackets and suits, proper knitwear should be flat dried. With all wools: 

  1. Keep it inside out
  2. Look for a shaded area. Sun drying can cause parts of the fabric to shrink or change colour
  3. Lay flat, to ensure that the weight distribution is even
  4. Do not dry over a radiator or heater, this will cause the wool to dry in a very funky way; half shrunk, half stretched, half faded etc
  5. Wait until the wool is completely dry, then put away

If you get this right, then your wool will be for life. 

Source: https://www.woolmark.com/care/how-to-wash-a-wool-sweater/
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Gosha Wirya