How to Care for Merino Wool Hiking Socks

Today’s merino wool hiking socks are much easier to care for than your grandfather’s wool hiking socks. Modern wool garments are much easier to care for than old school wool garments. It’s entirely possible to toss your merino wool socks into the washing machine and dry them with the same care and attention you give your t-shirts. However, if you properly care for merino wool hiking socks, they will last much longer. Here are some tips for how to care for merino wool hiking socks.

Check the specs

First thing you should do is check the manufacturers care instructions. We carry merino wool socks from Smartwool, Point6, and Wigwam in our store. All three brands have pretty similar care and washing instructions, but it’s still a good idea to check the manufacturer recommendations just in case they need something different.

Wash them less

Merino wool is comfortable, durable, and long-lasting. It’s also antimicrobial, which means that you don’t have to wash your merino wool socks as often you would wash your other socks. Washing socks less often increases their lifespan.

Gentle wash

You don’t have to hand wash most of the merino wool socks that are made today. You can toss them in the washing machine with a mild detergent on a gentle cycle using cool or warm water.

Drying merino wool socks

It’s typically OK to tumble dry your socks on a warm or low setting. Even if your socks can be dried, though, you might consider air drying them.  This will help make your socks last longer. Don’t hang wet wool. Lay it flat to dry.

Turn your socks inside out

Turn your socks inside out before washing and drying them.

Just use detergent

You can use a powder or liquid detergent to wash merino wool socks. Don’t use bleach or fabric softener on your merino wool socks.

Storing your socks

Don’t roll your socks together in balls, as this can distort the shape. Store them flat.

Care for your feet

One of the easiest ways to make your merino wool socks last longer has nothing to do with your socks. Taking care of your feet – clipping your toenails and keeping your feet clean – will help keep your socks in good condition and make them last longer.

Stop by Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters and check out our selection of merino wool hiking socks in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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