Right now as I'm writing this I'm 80% sure I've messed this up. . .
Sigh, let me start from the beginning. I have a ton of fleece with a ton of lanolin in it. So much so that it looks a bit orange on the under side!
I want to extract the lanolin from the wool without damaging it. They used to boil the wool for hours but I don't want to do that and ruin the wool. I did see a wool washing video from Bluemtnhandcrafts where they were able to use their hottest tap water to wash the lanolin out. Which brings me to my fail. . .
I used our hottest tap water and a little just under boiling in each pot. I did not take the temperature, I definitely will next time.
I started with my lock-ier, already rinsed fleeces and added them to the pots. I then let them soak for 30-40 minutes. Then I gently squeezed the water out and placed the wool into a couple pop up laundry baskets to dry.
Now I believe I failed because I can see actual bits of solidified lanolin in a few of the locks. Not a ton and mostly in the ones from the popcorn tin. This may be because it lost it's heat faster. I will know for sure tomorrow morning. I have all 3 pots sitting outside for now, hopefully it will cool down enough tonight for the lanolin to rise to the top.
Ok, it's the next morning, I'm not entirely dissapointed and I have a plan! While there is not a solid layer of lanolin at the top of my pots I do think it's there. When I dip my fingers in, they come back sticky.
My plan is to:
- Reuse the same water
- Heat it to just under boiling
- Add the locky wool I can visibly see lanolin in and let it sit for 30-45 minutes
- Gently squeeze out the excess water (while trying not to burn myself) and
- Let the locks dry, at least mostly, so that I can see if they need washed.