How to Wash a Barong Tagalog
Hand Wash Only
1. Submerge the barong in a mild detergent solution. Gently agitate the solution with your hand to further distribute the soap molecules. Take it up and down several times to let the solution flow through the fabric.
2. For a jusi barong, use a soft brush (if necessary) to gently remove stains and visible dirt particularly on the collar, underneath the cuffs, and armholes. For a piña, piña-silk, abaca-cotton, or cocoon barong, brushing is not recommended. Just apply more detergent on the area with visible dirt. Submerge it in the detergent solution and take it up and down continuously or splash with detergent solution continuously until the dirt disappears.
3. Rinse it well using clean water. Do not squeeze or twist when rinsing.
4. Hang it in a plastic round-edge hanger (or a plastic suit hanger for a coat barong) and leave it to air dry naturally.
If washing and ironing your barong at home takes time and talent or if you want to avoid harming it, taking it to a professional dry cleaner is the best option.