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Learn to Wash Cashmere at Home

Hand Washing or Machine Washing Cashmere

Cashmere is one of life's simple luxuries, but washing cashmere at home can seem daunting. And if you're wondering how to clean cashmere, and wash your favorite cashmere robe, scarf, or sweater you're not alone.

Here is what you will need for proper cashmere care: Wool & Cashmere Shampoo (a specially formulated cashmere wash), and Mesh Bag, and if needed for stains: Stain Solution, and Wash & Stain Bar

Can you wash cashmere?

Yes! You can hand wash cashmere, and wash designated machine-washable cashmere in your washing machine. Caring for cashmere starts with pretreating spots and stains with the Wash & Stain Bar, a vegetable-based soap, or The Stain Solution, both nontoxic and allergen-free. Specially formulated to get rid of tough cuff, collar, and underarm marks, these ultimate spot-treating products can be applied directly to stains and susceptible areas.

How To Wash Cashmere


Hand Wash Cashmere


Hand washing your cashmere is the gentlest and most effective way to wash. To hand wash cashmere, fill a basin, tub, or sink with cool water and mix in a squirt of  Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, Submerge your cashmere item, agitate water with hands, then soak for 30 minutes.


Machine Wash Cashmere


Another option for washing cashmere is to machine wash. First, insert cashmere into a mesh bag to prevent it from snagging in the machine. Add Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, select cool water, a delicate cycle, and low spin.


If needed, first treat stains with Stain Solution (for color-rich stains), and Wash & Stain Bar (for oil-based stains). Work in with Stain Brush , then soak in cool water for 30 minutes before washing.


Dry & Finish Cashmere


Lay flat to dry away from any heat sources like sunlight or a radiator. Never put cashmere in the dryer. Refresh and remove odors by steaming and spritzing with Cashmere Comb over affected areas in one direction.

Things To Consider

If you choose the washing machine route, you should consider placing your cashmere items in a Mesh Bag to protect them from snagging and tangling. Follow the instructions on the bottle of the Wool & Cashmere Shampoo to know how much product is needed to wash cashmere in your machine. This specially formulated product won't damage or compromise the integrity of the fibers but too much agitation can cause pilling. Lay your cashmere items flat in their natural shape to air dry. Never use the dryer! 

Read The Laundress ' Clean Talk Blog to learn how to wash a cashmere sweater at home.

Disclaimer: All techniques are based on textile science. Not all garments perform and react as science would predict.

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