How to Hand Wash Cashmere

January 23, 2013 | By | Comments (3)

White cashmere sweater


Even though the tags might say dry clean only, hand washing your cashmere sweaters might actually be the better option—it will make them softer over time. Here’s how to do it to cut down on wear and to keep your sweater in tip top shape:

1. Wash in cold water with either baby shampoo or a gentle detergent like Woolite or The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo.

2. Press or spin (using a salad spinner or the Laundry Pod) out excess water. Don’t wring the sweater as that will stretch it out.

3. Let the sweater air dry FLAT. Be warned this will take at least a day. If for some reason you can’t dry your sweater flat, make sure you have a steamer on hand to steam out any creases or dimples.

Need more cashmere advice now that everything fall & winter is on sale? Check out our tips for buying cashmere.


  1. Anne

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial, cashmere is so precious you don’t want to take any shortcuts when washing and drying that could damage your garment.

    January 25, 2013 at 6:14 am
  2. Pilgrimage gal

    Great ideas…. Thank you

    February 21, 2013 at 10:20 am
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