The wool is washed
in hot water and a mild detergent, removing grease,
vegetable matter and dirt from the raw wool. The fleece
moves through a series of cleaning tubs, followed by
clean water rinses and is then dried.
It is standard procedure when wool
is commercially processed for use, to utilize harsh
chemicals or acids during the scouring stage to rid
the wool of all vegetable matter or debris. When
wool is prepared at home by the handspinner or "custom
milled" as our wool is, no harsh chemicals are
used. These methods are more earth friendly, and
leave the wool soft. You may find a small amount
of vegetable matter remaining in the fiber, which
can be picked out during final use (e.g. during knitting).