How to Wash Cashmere Yourself (and Avoid that Dry Cleaning Bill)

how to wash cashmere

We’re in the thick of gift giving season. We open our hearts, and wallets, to shower the ones we love with presents and special treats, but when our bank balances start to dip a little low, we start looking for small ways to save. After all, January’s credit card bill will be here before you know it. Every little bit counts and washing your own cashmere is a good place to start. Plus, it’s really easy (seriously).

We popped by Black Goat Cashmere in Toronto for a few pro tips on how to best take care of the cashmere sweaters that keep you cozy all season long. They recommend against dry cleaning which damages the delicate fibers faster. If you’ve got some down time over the break, here are their 4 foolproof steps to washing your own sweaters and and keeping them looking their best:

  1. Add a capful of Eucalan or mild baby shampoo to a basin of cold-tepid water.
  2. Soak for 20 minutes occasionally massaging the sweater with your hands.
  3. Gently squeeze out the excess water. Roll in a towel and lay flat to dry (do NOT put it in the dryer).
  4. Iron inside out.

That’s it! The more often you wash your sweaters, the fluffier and softer they’ll get.