How to wash a sheepskin1. Use cold water only! This is very important.
2. Throw in a little baking soda (3 tablespoons) and a detergent that is ideally made for sheepskin. See our suggestions below.
3. Machine wash using gentle/wool cycle. Or hand wash. *Please note, for longhair pelts (hair over 3 inches) we highly recommend handwashing only. Otherwise the hair will stick to the leather side of the pelt and it's hard to pull off.
4. If hand-washing, squeeze all the extra water out (as much as you possibly can).
5. Lay flat with leather side up. DO NOT hang or lay in the sun or on a hot day. Ideally hang dry in cool dark area or on a cooler night. Also, you can hang dry them in freezing weather (cool, right)
Recommended detergents for sheepskin: *click title for link to Amazon
Here are our tips:
Does it have a smell that might be bothering you?
- Essential oils: this is our preference. In-fact, lavender works the best. Dab your finger in the oil and then rub the oil onto 10-15 spots on the base of the root, where the hair starts. You can repeat this once a week until the smell has vanished.
- Natural fabric softener: Dab your finger in the oil and then rub the oil onto 10-15 spots on the base of the root, where the hair starts. You can repeat this once a week until the smell has vanished.
- Let it hang outside, in the shade. Remember, sheepskin doesn't like direct hot sun. After a few days of airing out, the sheepskin should normalize.
- We highly recommend brushing your pelt once a month. Also give it a good shake outside to reduce any dust.
- Brushing your pelt will make it beautiful again and if you want that "plush" or groomed look, brushing it is key.
Wooden Sheepskin Brush
* Basically we recommend a strong wooden brush with a larger surface. (Because plastic is a bummer!)