How to Wash a Cashmere Sweater

What You'll Need
Sink or plastic tub
Woolite a mild detergent
2 towels
Drying rack

A cashmere sweater is luxuriously soft and expensive, so you want to know how to wash it. By properly caring for your cashmere sweater, you can keep it beautiful and wearable for a long time.

About Cashmere

Cashmere comes from cashmere goats that are found in China, Iran, Mongolia, Tibet, and India. It is the downy layer of hair that keeps the goat warm in cold temperatures. In the spring the goats shed their hair, and the loose hair is combed and collected for yarn. While the natural colors of cashmere are white, gray, and brown, it can easily be dyed in a vast range of colors.

After yarn is created from the cashmere hair, it is knitted or woven into garments. Items made from cashmere include coats, jackets, hosiery, gloves, scarves, robes, socks, and sweaters.

Step 1 - Find a Clean Washing Area

A sink is the perfect place to wash your cashmere sweater by hand. Be sure that the sink is clean before you start. You can also use a plastic tub as long as you are near a water source.

Step 2 - Adjust Water Temperature

Check the label on the cashmere sweater to find the recommended water temperature for washing the garment. Use cold water if there is no suggested water temperature. Do not wash in hot water, because it will shrink your cashmere sweater. Cold water is ideal since it’s better at rinsing out the detergent from the sweater.

Step 3 - Start Washing

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Fill the sink or tub with cold water and add a small amount of Woolite. Mix the water and the detergent using your hand.

Step 4 - Submerge the Cashmere Sweater

Submerge the cashmere sweater into the water. Gently knead and push your fingers up and down to work the detergent into the sweater for about 10 minutes. Do not pull or lift your sweater in and out of the water.

Step 5 - Soak the Cashmere Sweater

Leave the sweater to soak in the water and detergent for about 15 minutes.

Step 6 - Drain the Water

Carefully ball the cashmere sweater up into your hand and hold while you let the water drain from the sink. Never pick up a wet cashmere sweater by the shoulders or hem. This will stretch your cashmere sweater out of shape. Rinse all of the soap subs out of the sink with cold water.

Step 7 - Rinse the Cashmere Sweater

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Refill the sink with only cold water and put in the cashmere sweater. Delicately swirl the sweater in the water.

Step 8 - Dry the Cashmere Sweater

Carry the cashmere sweater by balling it up in your hands. Lay the sweater on a towel. Place another towel on top of the sweater and roll up the towels and sweater. Excess water is absorbed by the towels. Lay the cashmere sweater on a drying rack and let it air dry.