Hand-washing is the best way to care for your alpaca wool clothing and will help to prolong your garment's life. The good news, is that since alpaca wool is naturally anti-bacterial and odor-resistant, airing out your clothes is usually sufficient. You'll find that you won't need to wash alpaca wool as often as other fabrics, so the added bonus is that you can save water and energy. 

If you do find your alpaca clothing needs a wash:

  • Fill a sink or bucket with cool water and add a mild soap, like baby shampoo.
  • Soak the garment(s) in the water for a few minutes, squeezing through the suds.
  • Rinse the garment(s) in cold water and gently squeeze out the excess water.
  • Lay the garment flat on a clean towel to dry.
  • Store your garment, preferably folded rather than hung.

A few things to avoid:

  • Do not use fabric softener, bleach, or any chemicals when washing alpaca wool.
  • Do not hang, lay flat to dry.
  • Do not dry clean or iron.
  • Avoid twisting or wringing the fabric or scrubbing it hard.