How do you wash alpaca socks for longest life?

There are two ways of washing alpaca socks -Hand washing or Machine washing and if you're like us, hand washing is completely out of the question. Never-the-less, we want you to have all the information you can to make the best decisions for you and your lifestyle.

Hand washing

When hand washing, we recommend the following method:
  • Use cool water (85ºF / 27ºC max.) and a mild soap. Shampoo can be used if traveling. Woolite is not recommended.
  • Please refrain from using chlorine bleach.
  • Liquid fabric softener can be used sparingly, if desired.
Directions: Fill a container with cold water and add soap (and/or color safe bleach) to water to create a sudsy bath. Submerge socks and let them rest in the water for a few minutes (2-3). Do not scrub or rub the socks together. Drain water and refill with cold rinse water. Again let socks soak for a few minutes. Swish them gently (at this point if desired a small amount of liquid fabric softener can be added to the water.) Drain. Blot inside towel to remove excess moisture. Please do not wring. Reshape and lay flat to dry out of sunlight.
 
Alpaca socks are beloved by hikers and campers as they don't need to laundered after every wear. Alpaca does not absorb moisture, nor does it hold bacteria or odor so several wears can occur between washing. Ice cold water can be used as well so if traveling you can wash them quickly and easily. Because they don't absorb moisture they dry quickly, often overnight.
 

Machine washing

  • Use cool water (85ºF / 27ºC max.) and a mild soap. Woolite is not recommended.
  • Please use the wool cycle (newer washing machines) or hand wash cycle on cold water setting.
  • Please refrain from using chlorine bleach.
  • Liquid fabric softener can be used sparingly, if desired.
  • Wash dark colors separately
  • Turn socks inside out to reduce the chance damage during machine wash or use a mesh laundry bag to reduce agitation.
  • Tumble dry on air setting or lay flat to dry.
  • If heavily soiled please soak in cold water prior to washing with a bit of non chlorine bleach and then wash as listed above.
Notes: We machine wash all our alpaca socks as that fits our lifestyle best. Taking a moment to turn socks inside out will reduce the chance of snagging or pilling during machine wash or use a mesh laundry bag to protect them further. The bag will aid them in maintaining their shape and avoid getting stretched by other articles that may be being washed at the same time. We generally wash our dark colored socks with blue jeans on cold. We find that laying them flat to dry is easiest and they dry fast, however if they go into the dryer, they aren't ruined. Rest assured they are easy to care for.
 

Storage

  • Before storing any alpaca or natural fiber product please make sure that the item is clean and completely dry.
  • Soiled alpaca wool items can attract moths, further protection can be insured by using Cedar or Lavender sachets 
  • Please store in a breathable container and avoid the use of plastic bags. Breathable containers can be a box, pillow case or fabric storage bag. This allows for air circulation during storage.
Alpaca socks protect feet in all types of weather even hot and humid conditions. We encourage you to find the perfect pair of alpaca socks that fit every season of your life and Tap your inner Warrior TM!