Most cashmere items will advise dry-clean only. This is because dry-cleaning gives a total guarantee that the item will not shrink. However, not only are these cleaning solvents bad for the environment, they’re also highly damaging to cashmere fibres. Its the equivalent of giving your cashmere a perm.
So, yes, you can wash your knitwear, but unless, your garment is really soiled, there’s actually no need to wash it. To store, simply pop into a protective bag and place in the freezer. Unlike Carrie from SATC, and her oven storage, this is where I store all of my knitwear and superfine jersey tees. Its cold storage at its best. Kills bacteria and protects your most-prized garments from moths.
How to do it.
When it comes to washing, simply place your item into a mesh bag to prevent snags, and pop into the machine on a HAND WASH / DELICATE cycle at 30 degrees. If you follow this step-by-step, you will have no problems and your cashmere will stay soft and luxurious. Use only delicate detergents and no softeners.
Here are my favourite non toxic detergents:
Of course, the other guarantee to prolonging the life-cycle of your cashmere is to be discerning: choose quality over price. Mongolian Cashmere is known to be the best in the world because of its long fibre length. The benefit to the wearer is less pilling – those little balls that form with the day-to-day friction of wearing. Whilst it is not possible to eliminate them totally, buying quality cashmere drastically reduces the amount of these little balls appearing.
Lastly, always dry your cashmere as flat as possible and never wring dry or spin in the machine. And always dry out of direct sunlight. A little bit of love goes a long way.
I hope you found these tips useful.