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    Ive been looking around for the best way to wash my merino clothes and cant seem to find a good way to do it.

    Ive been washing it with Ecover or Tech wash (bought loads of it) with 2 capfulls of Dettol laundry cleanser, but somewhere on this forum i read to AVOID Dettol on merino. I am sure they meant standard Dettol because the post was from 2005 and Dettol laundry cleanser did not exist yet but it got me thinking maybe i am damaging it with the Dettol laundry cleanser. I just do not see how i am going to get the stink out of the pits/socks after a long hike, if i can only wash on cold/30.

    I have noticed our merino does not work like it used to, i remember socks and pit areas could last days without problems but now after the first day (or even a few hours) they are....not so fresh. Even freshly washed i swear i can smell BO on the armpit area.

    We have been cleaning our pits and using one of those Pitrocks (salt stick) on the trail.

    Any tips are very welcome, I want to pack as little clothes as possible but if everything stinks after a day it wont be good. (small tent, me and my partner)

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    Wash carefully same as any other wool garment.

    Some helpful tips here maybe.

    http://forums.roadcyclinguk.com/show...ino-base-layer

    http://www.mountainwarehouse.com/exp...sh-merino-wool

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    http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/g...chy/17365.html

    OM threads too here on the forum on Merino washes.

    ooops, someone somewhere said keep Merino away from Ecover wash stuff!!
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    Chuck in machine on a cool wash with (in our case) Ecover Laundry Liquid, but I'd think most modern detergents would be fine. Don't let fabric conditioner anywhere near it (or anything remotely technical). It goes in with a mixed load, I don't separate it out.

    I've never done anything different to that in the 10 years or so I've been using merino and I've never had any issues with the garment or its performance. I don't do anything particularly elaborate when I'm out as regards washing (quite often don't bother TBH), my wife doesn't insist on me sleeping outside, I don't notice anything amiss with her.

    Techwash isn't really different from Dripak Liquid Soap Flakes except it costs substantially more. The point of using soap rather then detergents is where you have something with a DWR that you don't want to compromise by leaving traces that work counter to it (DWRs work by encouraging water droplets to form, detergents work by breaking up droplets to help water penetration so whatever is getting washed gets cleaned better). I don't really see any point in using Techwash on merino: it'll cost a lot more and do a worse job of cleaning it (detergents have widely taken over from soaps for domestic washing because they tend to work better).

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    Someone else said to keep merinos away from that Dettol stuff too!
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    Thanks for the many great replies, ill have a look through the links in a bit.

    I think ill stop using Dettol on them, i only thought it would be good because of the low washing temp.

    The only reason i use Tech wash is because i got 25l of it (for £40) swhich ends up costing less than Dripack liquid soap. For normal clothes i use soap nuts and they are not enough to clean merino (I dont think so anyway, havent tried but doubt it will).

    Havent had any detergent in the house for quite some time, ill buy some Ecover or some other detergent tomorrow.

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    Found some woolite under the sink, i think ill just use that.

    Btw would ecover delicate be better for merino wool or just the standard stuff? ill get some at the shops tomorrow

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    I use the delicate on the grounds that that is its stated purpose, but then I wear enough merino that I can get a regular wash out of it quite easily

    Sundry other brands of detergent of course.

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    We use standard Ecover Laundry Liquid. It's never been a problem.

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    Things smell because of bacteria which means the garment has not been washed properly. The dettol should kill the bacteria - hopefully- and so no smell. Detergent works the best - no snake oil or opinions involved in that.

    i'm happy to use normal Dettol and detergent for washing things with no ill effects so far.

    I also use Dettol kitchen cleaner spray to give stubborn bits a blast of bacteria death bedore washing.



    you must give your machine a regular maintenance wash (which could also be reaponsible for the smells) which is a full temperature - ideal for a towel wash - cycle. If no towels add a couple of dishwasher tablets to help degunk and descale the insides of your machine.

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    Some great ideas there guys. I am taking notes too since it is very nearly Merino wash time for me, too I believe.
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    icebreaker and woolpower ---wash 40c-----tumble dry cool---normal detergent------------works for me-------gradually switching to woolpower---tougher/longerlasting--------------regards lr

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    you must give your machine a regular maintenance wash (which could also be reaponsible for the smells) which is a full temperature - ideal for a towel wash - cycle.

    It certainly doesn't hurt to do this occasionally. You can go to town and do a job with soda crystals at highest temp, destructions athttp://www.dri-pak.co.uk/tips/laundry-cleaning-tips/(they say 4-8 weeks, I do it... rather less often than that, but before the pipes start smelling is probably smarter than after).

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    I always wash Merino, Meco base layers by hand.....they've never seen the inside of a washing machine, god forbid......

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    Tesco have recentely introduced a range of specialist liquid wash products under the name "Tesco expert" they include products for cleaning outdoor clothing, sports and workwear and wool. They cost between £2 and £5 for a 500ml pack depending on what product you purchase. They also now do a trigger spray re-proofer for waterproof garments.

    Available on the web and at larger stores.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Boos View Post
    I always wash Merino, Meco base layers by hand.....they've never seen the inside of a washing machine, god forbid......
    Aye, same here. I always handwash my merino and silk base layers. Given the high cost of the garments, a little extra effort to prolong their useful lives seems worth it.

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    Given the high cost of the garments, a little extra effort to prolong their useful lives seems worth it.

    Though OTOH a detergent/delicatecycle in a machine will veryprobablydo a better cleaningjob, and keeping it clean will... help prolong its useful life.

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    Use that amount of electricity just for a few base layers????
    All that money?????
    Jeez .....

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