How to wash a cashmere sweater

Cashmere is an expensive fabric that is only used for quality clothing. And once you purchase an item of clothing made from cashmere, it is your responsibility to protect it. Dry cleaning is expensive and results in the fabric being destroyed over time. Cashmere clothing can be hand washed at home, and while it may take time, it will save you money in the long run.

Here’s how to wash your cashmere sweater at home:


Check your cashmere sweater for any decorative elements that require dry cleaning. If there aren’t any, you can proceed to wash your cashmere at home.

Choosing the appropriate detergent

Cashmere garments require a mild detergent, ideal for fine fabrics. If you cannot afford that, baby shampoo is a great and cheaper alternative. Never use harsh detergents on your cashmere products.

Prepare detergents and water

Fill a sink with lukewarm water and add a small amount of detergent or baby shampoo. Move your hands through to make sure the detergent is evenly distributed throughout the water.


Lower the cashmere item into the water and lightly whoosh it around. Squeeze the sweater lightly to make sure the detergent distributes through it. Be gentle and not to rough to avoid damage.

Allow sweater to soak

Leave your cashmere sweater in the water for 15 minutes.


After 15 minutes, drain the water and rinse the cashmere sweater in warm water. Lightly press the garment to remove excess soap. Do not pull or twist the sweater.

Drying your cashmere sweater

Once the garment is free from soap and excess water, lay it flat on a towel. Roll the garment up in the towel and press gently, removing excess water. Leave your cashmere garment flat on the towel until it is completely dry. Do not hang the garment up as the fabric can stretch.

Try to wash you cashmere sweater only when completely necessary. By washing your cashmere at home, you can not only save money from dry cleaning bills, but also preserve the life of your cashmere.

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This article was written for The White Company and offers tips and guidelines to looking after your cashmere garments.

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