Alpaca and merino wool scarves, shawls, cropped ponchos, jackets, and cushions should be washed by hand in cool or tepid water by just immersing the items in water that contains gentle soap. Gently press down on the item repeatedly and then squeeze, not wring, the water out. Rinse once or twice in the same temperature water and squeeze. You can roll up your item in a bath towel to absorb a lot of the water and then lay it on a dry bath towel to dry. Never use a dryer! After it is completely dry, press with steam on the wool setting. For storage I try to roll up my scarves and ponchos and, in that way, I don't have to touch them up with an iron. You can also dry clean these items.