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How To

How-To | Wash Wool & Cashmere

Jun 4, 2012

Wondering how to clean wool? How to wash a wool scarf? No worries. We’re here to break downs the dos and don’ts of washing wool and washing cashmere.

How to wash wool and cashmere. Get started with our line of warm and spicy cedar-scented wool and cashmere shampoos, sprays and more.

We've scientifically formulated a line of toxin-free laundry detergents that give you amazing results at home. Save money and ditch the dry cleaners with the Wool & Cashmere Kit that includes the Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, Stain Solution, Wool & Cashmere Spray, and Sweater Comb. Pretreat stains, wash, clean, and de-pill your favorite wool and cashmere items with this curated solution from Gwen and Lindsey. For heavy-knit items like chunky sweaters, upholstery, and more, try the natural volcanic Sweater Stone. As always, happy laundering!

Protect Your Investments!

Don't let the dry cleaners ruin your fine cashmere and woolens - when you invest in quality winter wear, why pay the dry cleaners to shorten the lifespan of that investment?


Wool & Cashmere Shampoo,* Stain Solution and/or Wash & Stain Bar


Fabric Fresh Spray, Scented Vinegar, Sweater Stone, Mesh Bags, Stain Brush

*Our rule of thumb for blended fabric is to wash according to the highest percentage. i.e. if your sweater is 70% cashmere and 30% silk, wash with Wool & Cashmere Shampoo and follow the appropriate washing recipe.


Hand washing:

  • Turn item inside out to wash the fabric where stains and odors buildup on the inside closest to your body and under arms.
  • Prepare a "bath“ the wash basin of cool/tepid water with 2 capfuls of The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo.
  • Submerge item(s) in bath using your hands to agitate the water and detergent.
  • Soak for at least ½ hour.*
  • Rinse well - running room temperature water until soapy water is gone.
  • Do not wring; press the water out of the item instead.

* It is harmless to leave soaking for longer unless you are washing silk.

**DO NOT PANIC if you see color in the water. This is normal and it is simply the yarn dye releasing color. You will not notice any loss of color at the end.

Machine washing:

  • Change machine setting to woolens/delicate cycle. Make sure water temperature is cold. Add the appropriate amount of Wool & Cashmere Shampoo to the machine.
  • Turn item inside out and place in The Laundress Mesh Bag and wash. Start cycle.
  • Remove from the washer promptly to reduce creasing. Do not put in the dryer!


  • To dry - place item on top of a towel* making sure the towel and item is flat and in its original shape, then roll up in the towel (like a rolling pin) to remove excess water.
  • To finish drying - lay item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or towel. Hang, if item will not stretch or deform.
  • When dry - finish removing any extra pills as noted above.
  • We like to steam our wool/cashmere for the perfect finish (this is not necessary, however).

*To speed up the drying process, use more than one towel and repeat several times.

Tips and Tricks:

*It is always a good idea to store with a natural bug repellent such as The Laundress Lavender Pouch Scented Squares.

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

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Wool & Cashmere Shampoo 16 fl oz

Wash & Preserve Woolens

Wool & Cashmere Spray 4 fl oz

Freshen & Preserve Woolens

Mesh Bag Bundle

Protect your Items in the Wash

Sweater Stone

Remove Lint & Pills From Thick Knits

Sweater Comb

De-Pill Fine Knits

Scented Vinegar 16 fl oz

Clean & Deodorize

Stain Brush

The Perfect Brush for Stain Removal

Wash & Stain Bar

Spot Treat or Handwash Anywhere

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