How to Wash Cashmere
Cashmere, known for its luxurious softness and warmth, is a great fabric for the UK weather, especially during the chilly months. But washing cashmere can be a bit of a puzzle for many. And you will find plenty of conflicting advice on how to care for it properly, and whether it is easy to care for or not.
This is what you need to know about how to wash cashmere and keep it looking good for longer:
Can You Wash Cashmere?
You can – and absolutely should – wash cashmere, but it requires gentle care to keep it in its best condition. As a high quality fabric, taking care of it properly will mean that you get the most wear out of your super soft cashmere clothing.
Dealing with stains is an important part of washing your cashmere clothing too. Our guide on removing stains from cashmere before you wash it has everything you need to know.
Can You Wash Cashmere in the Washing Machine?
While it is possible to wash cashmere in a washing machine, it is not the best method to keep your cashmere looking good. The movement of the machine and potential exposure to harsh chemicals in detergents can be rough on delicate cashmere fibres, leading to damage, shrinkage or loss of softness.
If you really have to use a washing machine, always choose the gentlest cycle (usually labelled "wool" or "delicate") and place your cashmere items in a mesh laundry bag for added protection.
How to Wash Cashmere
The best way to wash cashmere is by hand along with taking note of the care label of your garment. Our guidance on how to wash cashmere should help you when it comes to handwashing your beautiful cashmere wool clothing, accessories and homewares.
How to Hand Wash Cashmere
Hand washing is the safest and most gentle way to clean your cashmere garments. Here's how to do it:
- Use cold water to prevent cashmere from shrinking.
- A cashmere wash specifically aims to extend the life of your knitwear through cleaning. Alternatively, choose a gentle detergent suitable for wool or delicates. Avoid harsh chemicals and bleach.
- Place your cashmere item in the soapy water and gently swirl and soak your garment for around 30 minutes. For any specific stains you may wish to remove, stain remover can be directly applied to the area and massaged gently using a soft sponge.
- Drain the soapy water and refill the bowl with clean, cold water. Rinse the cashmere until the water runs clear.
- Gently press the water out of the cashmere without twisting or wringing it.
- Lay the cashmere to dry flat on a clean, dry towel – this helps to keep your cashmere clothing in shape. Reshape it to its original dimensions and leave it to air dry. Avoid direct sunlight and heat sources.
It’s encouraged to only wash your cashmere no more than once a month or after about 10 wears due to its natural antibacterial properties. If you need more detail, our complete guide to caring for your cashmere has everything you might want to know about effectively washing your cashmere.
How to Wash a Cashmere Scarf
To wash a cashmere scarf, follow the same steps mentioned for hand washing cashmere. Scarves are usually smaller and easier to handle, making them perfect candidates for hand washing and leaving to dry flat to keep their shape.
How to Wash a Cashmere Jumper
Washing a cashmere jumper requires the same delicate care as other cashmere items. Hand washing is the safest method, but if your jumper's care label says machine washing is ok, follow the same guidelines mentioned earlier. Always check the care label for specific instructions, especially if you are not sure.
By hand washing your cashmere items with care and attention, you can ensure that they continue to provide you with the comfort and elegance that cashmere is renowned for. It is a luxurious, super soft and high quality knitwear that just needs the right kind of care.