I grew up in the country, about an hour and a half (depending on traffic) north of New York City. I grew up in an area where cows and deer roamed freely, not city buses and taxi cabs like where I live now. Sigh…
Being a “country pumpkin” (as my husband calls me), I enjoyed spending time at local farms, and I was a member of 4-H and I enjoyed doing “hands on” things when it came to agriculture and farming. ]
One thing I could never get used to is when I saw sheep being sheared (having their wool shaved off their bodies). To me it looked like it was a cruel and painful thing to do. The fact is, if done correctly, shearing does not hurt a sheep in any way. Shearing a sheep is like getting a haircut for humans.
A sheep’s wool is the reason why sheep are sheared. The use of wool has been around for thousands of years (no kidding!). As per Wikipedia, the oldest known European wool textile dates back to 1500 BC. WOW!
Another interesting fact – prior to the invention of shears, the wood was removed from sheep by hand (plucked) or with a bronze comb. That sounds painful!
Wool is also a naturally occurring protein fiber.
Wool is used to make a variety of products including (and not limited to);
The invention of other materials such as polyester, linen, twill, jersey and other fabrics, some companies have moved away from wool, which has been around for thousands of years. I know that cotton tends to be softer and much more comfortable, wool also has it’s benefits.
There is a brand that would like consumers to re-discover the wonders of wool. The brand’s name is Sonoma Wool Company. In fact, that’s their driving force.
Sonoma Wool Company believes the qualities of wool are ideal to be used for practical products for your home – to make your home a more natural and soothing place. From their luxurious bedding to their simple, long-lasting Dish Drying Mat, they hope that you will appreciate things made out of wool too.
Not only does purchasing products from the Sonoma Wool Company benefit you, but it also benefits the sheep ranchers that supply the wool. It’s a “win-win” situation if you ask me.
The Sonoma Wool Company offers customers a variety of products, from bedding to pet toys. In fact, I was sent one of their products to review for myself. I was sent to review their dish drying mat (I was hoping to get their wool cat toys. My cats would have gone crazy for them).
The Sonoma Woold Company Dish Drying Mat comes with a linen sleeve.
- 100% natural – no dyes
- Absorbs up to 30% of its own weight in moisture
- Naturally resists mold and mildew
- 100% wool and linen
- Measures 16″ x 20″ x 3/8”
I like the generous size of the mat. We have a large (or so it appears to me) dish rack. The dish drying mat fit our space pretty well. In fact it was even a little too big from the area we keep our dish rack. We have a tiny kitchen with no counter space except a placemat sized spot between the stove and sink. The only place to put the dish rack is to the other side of the sink. Even though this mat was a wee too big, it didn’t matter.
I was surprised that this mat wasn’t thicker. We have other dish drying mats, and this one is by far the thinnest, however, it dries a lot quicker than the other ones do. We have several dish mats because the ones we had prior to the Sonoma Wool Company dish mat take “forever” to dry. My kids tend to not shake the excess water off the dishes when they wash them and put them in the dish rack, so the mats tend to get soaking wet. If we don’t replace them often they will take an extremely long time to dry.
There have been times my kids let this mat get too wet, but that is fine. I simply hang it up for a bit and let it dry out naturally. With the warmer weather it dries out quickly when I hang it outside.
Because of the material it’s made with (wool and linen), the dish mat resists mold and mildew. Not that I’d ever let a mat get to that point, it is good to know that if we ever go away for a few days, and the mat is left damp, that it won’t be gross with mold and mildew when we get home.
The mat is nice to look at too. It’s neutral in color so it should work well with just about any kitchen decor. My other mats are very “loud” (color, designs…). Most of them are holiday/seasonal in design, so it’s nice to have something I can use year round.
The wool portion of the mat cannot be washed (spot clean and let air dry), but the linen sleeve can.
If you are interested in learning more about this or other products carried by the Sonoma Wool Company, visit SonomaWoolCompany.com. The brand is also on social media. Their links are found on the bottom left of their website.
*I received a free product to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.