How to Wash Wool Socks to Increase Wear - FITS®

November 29, 2022

Merino wool socks are durable and comfortable, making them an excellent choice for everyday wear, work, and play. However, they can require a bit more care than other types of socks. Are you wondering how to wash wool socks to extend their “life” and increase wear? Keep reading to learn the best practices for washing wool socks and drying wool socks to make them last longer and stay in tip-top shape.

How to Care for Your Merino Wool Socks

Wool socks are warm in the winter and cool in the summer and make your feet feel like they're being hugged by a cloud. But wool socks can also be a bit delicate, requiring extra care when it comes to washing them. Keep reading to find answers to the most commonly asked questions about washing and drying wool socks. 

Can You Wash Wool Socks in the Washing Machine?

While we recommend hand washing your wool socks, you can use a washing machine on the gentle cycle. Just be sure to use cold or lukewarm water and mild detergent, and avoid using fabric softener, as it will damage the fibers. 

Can You Dry Wool Socks in the Dryer?

While you can tumble-dry your merino wool socks on low, we recommend only air-drying them to increase wear. Not only will doing so increase the “life” of your wool socks, but it reduces the environmental impact as well.

How Often Should You Wash Wool Socks?

Because wool socks are naturally odor-resistant and moisture-wicking, you don’t need to wash them after every wear. You can increase the “life” of your wool socks by washing them after two to three full days of wear. Of course, your washing schedule will depend on how long you wear them each time, what activities you do with the socks on, and your comfort level. 

What Do You Do If Your Wool Socks are Itchy?

You might be wondering, Is merino wool itchy?” And, if so, how to wash your wool socks to relieve the itchiness. Fortunately, merino wool is naturally soft and smooth. However, if you experience irritation, you can relax the fibers by using household products and washing them thoroughly to reduce any irritation or itchiness.

READ MORE: Does Merino Wool Shrink When Washed?

Best Practices for Washing Wool Socks

Once you’ve gone through a few wears, it’s time to clean your socks. Follow these tips for how to wash wool socks to protect the fibers and increase wear.

  1. Soak your socks for at least 15 minutes before laundering them to loosen any dirt or debris stuck to the fibers. 
  2. Gently hand-wash the socks in cold or lukewarm water with a mild detergent. (Hot water can cause shrinkage and damage the fibers.)
  3. Avoid using anything with bleach or harsh chemicals. 
  4. Avoid scrubbing or rubbing the fabric, as this can damage the fibers.
  5. Once cleaned, use your hands to squeeze out excess water gently. 
  6. Do not wring or twist the fabric, as this can also damage the wool fibers.

Best Practices for Drying Wool Socks

Once your wool socks are nice and clean, it’s time to dry them. Follow these best practices for drying wool socks.

  1. Lay the socks flat to dry in a cool, dry place. 
  2. Avoid hanging them on a clothesline or placing them in direct sunlight, as this can cause the fibers to shrink.

With a bit of extra care, your wool socks will stay soft and comfortable for many “wears” to come.

Find Your Favorite New Pair of Merino Wool Socks at FITS 

Now you know how to wash wool socks. Next, it’s time to get your hands on a new pair of men's merino wool socks or women's merino wool socks. FITS has the perfect pair of merino wool socks for everyone, whether you're looking for a new pair of everyday favorites or something with extra warmth and cushioning for an outdoor adventure. 

The breathable and temperature-regulating merino wool will keep your feet comfortable all day, while the reinforced toe and heel add durability. Choose from a variety of colors and styles, including low-cut, crew, and knee-high, to find your perfect match. And with our satisfaction guarantee, you can be sure you'll love your new socks. So why wait? Find your favorite new pair of merino wool socks at FITS today!


Sock Sizing
women and men size chart

The Perfect Fit Starts With the Right Size.

Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.

Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.

Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)


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How Do You Determine Sock Size?

Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you. 

How Do You Measure Your Foot for Socks?

To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart. 

What Is the Sock Size Conversion?

The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you. 

What is Sock Size to Shoe Size?

Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:

Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot. 

What Age is Sock Size 9-12?

Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit. 

Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.



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