It’s no question why you’ve begun investing in cashmere. It’s high quality, classic clothing, that will look nicer and last longer, reducing the cost-per-wear ratio. To maintain your investment, without adding to it with dry cleaning costs, we’ve found that properly hand washing can also do the trick.
Here are a few inexpensive steps to keep your cashmere looking just as good as when you bought it.
- Fill the sink basin with tepid water. Very cold water won't clean as well and you should never use hot water on cashmere or you risk major shrinkage. Room temperature water is perfect.
- Swish in a small amount of gentle detergent (give Dropps Scent + Dye Free Laundry Detergent a try). There's no need to measure with Dropps Minis - they're perfectly dosed for handwashing. More soap doesn't equal a cleaner sweater, and soap residue will actually attract dirt so be sparing.
- Turn your sweater inside out and submerge it, gently squeezing the water through the knit. If you're washing it for the first time, don't freak out if some color is released into the water. It'll still look fine when it dries. Drain the water.
- Fill the sink again with clear, tepid water and rinse. Repeat this until all soap suds are removed.
- Create a loose ball with the wet fabric and gently press it against the side of the basin to release as much water as possible. Wringing out a wet garment can be harsher on fabric than running it through the delicate cycle of a washing machine.
- Lay the sweater flat on a clean towel and roll it up to get the last bits of water out. Then lay it on another towel or a drying rack if you have one. Block it by smoothing and shaping it, because the way it dries is the way it will stay until the next wash.
Say goodbye to dry cleaner bills!