Yes, you can wash merino wool scarves, but there are certain things to note before you do –
Hand washing: Washing by hand is the recommended method to minimise the risk of shrinking or damaging the fabric. Simply fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water and add a mild wool detergent. You should avoid using harsh detergents, bleach, or fabric softeners as they can damage the wool.
Gently wash the scarf: Immerse the scarf in the water and gently swirl it around to ensure thorough cleaning. Avoid excessive rubbing, stretching, or twisting, as these actions can cause the wool to lose its shape. Let the scarf soak for a few minutes to allow the detergent to penetrate the fibres and remove any dirt or impurities.
Rinse carefully: Drain the soapy water and refill the basin with clean lukewarm water. Gently rinse the scarf by submerging it in the water and squeezing it lightly. Repeat this step until all the soap is removed and the water runs clear.
Remove excess water: Carefully lift the scarf out of the water and avoid wringing or twisting it. Instead, gently squeeze the excess water out or roll the scarf in a clean towel to absorb moisture.
Drying the scarf: Lay the scarf flat on a clean towel or drying rack, reshaping it to its original size and dimensions. Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight or heat sources, as they can cause the wool to shrink or become misshapen. Allow the scarf to air dry naturally, and avoid hanging it, as this can cause stretching.