How to Wash Cashmere

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No need to head to the nearest drycleaners . . .

Save a ton of money by laundering your cashmere sweaters at home. In fact, gently washing your cashmere sweaters at home will save you money on dry cleaning and prolong the life of your sweater.

How to Wash Cashmere

First check to make sure the sweater doesn’t have any trim or embellishments that will require it to be dry cleaned. If there are none present, pour about a quarter-sized dollop of baby shampoo into a clean sink filled with cool water. Swirl the sweater around the sink for 1 to 2 minutes and then let sit for 10 minutes.  Drain the sink and gently rinse and squeeze until all the soap is gone from the garment.

Now carefully squeeze the water from the garment, and lay it on a towel. Use another towel (you might need two towels) to soak up the excess water. Reshape the sweater and lay it flat to dry.

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  • Judy

    I find that adding some creme conditioner (for your hair) to the rinse water keeps the cashmere soft. And — I do mine in the washing machine on gentle…

  • Lyla

    In my full experience in using a cashmere sweater, i am well aware of the do’s and don’ts of it especially in washing them. For me dry cleaning is not the right thing to do aside from shortening the life span of your sweater it can also live an awful smell of chemicals. The best thing to do is to follow what is said here on this post, coz that’s what I’m doing also. Yearly i buy different kinds of cashmere sweater and all of them become easy to get through the help of but when it comes to cleaning them i have trusted to follow this post.

  • Jack

    How do you get a stain out?

  • Linda Froiland

    I wash my cashmere in the washing machine with regular (organic) shampoo and conditioner. The conditioner makes them super soft.

  • Carie

    I’ve read that it is important to keep the wash and rinse water the same temperature so that it doesn’t “shock” the fibers and make them “frizzy”.

  • Peggy

    I wash all my cashmere sweaters and even a couple of vintage wool ones in the washer on gentle with just a little Woolite.  Sure beats dry cleaning in price and smell.  🙂  Peg