Product Care for Merino Wool

How to care for Merino Wool

We recommend that you wash your Merino garments on a normal warm or cool machine wash cycle with regular powder or liquid clothes washing detergent, not wool detergent and do not use fabric softener or bleach.

Can Wool Detergent be used on Merino garments?
The structure of Merino is different than regular wool and detergents that are designed especially for wool products is suitable for use on coarser wool but often contain softeners that can damage the finer Merino fibres, potentially causing holes or deterioration of the fabric. Merino fabric is designed to be washed on a regular cycle with regular detergent.

As usual, separate your lights and darks and do not expose any Merino garment to heat and do not tumble dry. Merino products are best left to line dry or lie flat in the shade.

NOTE: After your first 2-3 uses, we recommend that you wash the garment separately to eliminate the appearance of any short fibres from the fabric.


Complete instructions for best results:

  • Wash similar colors together 
  • Wash prints inside out
  • Close all zippers
  • Use warm or cool machine wash on a normal cycle 
  • Do not use hot wash as this contributes to shrinkage
  • Use regular clothes washing detergent, not wool detergent
  • Do not use bleach or fabric softener 
  • Wash occasionally with other coarse fabrics to remove any loose fibres
  • Do not iron prints or labels
  • Line dry garments – do not tumble dry (except socks, see below)

When stated on garment to dry clean - Dry clean only
For merino socks only, you can tumble dry on a low heat, inside out

Pilling is a natural process that is inherent in merino fabric due to the fact that merino is a staple fibre. Generally if pilling occurs, it’s because the shorter fibres are working their way to the surface of the fabric. The best way to avoid pilling is to wash a new merino garment within 3 wears. To reduce the pilling, we suggest that you wash the garment with a coarser fabric such as denim jeans (ensure all zippers are closed). The fabric will improve over time as the shorter fibres are removed.

Merino fibres have the characteristic of drawing moisture away from the body and either absorbing or releasing this moisture, which eliminates clamminess and ensures that the garments remain odor-free. The fibres work this way in merino clothing the same as they do in the sheep.

We strongly recommend that our customers only wash their garments on a normal cool or warm wash cycle with regular washing powder. Hand washing can enable a residual build up of perspiration which could contribute to an odor problem.

View Icebreaker Merino Clothing HERE

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