How to Wash Your Cashmere

How to Wash Your Cashmere

Now you have it: a beautiful, warm, lightweight, luxurious cashmere wrap. Beautiful, because it comes in many attractive colors. Warm and lightweight because it comes from the wool of the mountain goats of Mongolia and China, and withstand both cold and heat. Luxurious, because it takes the wool of four of these goats to make one sweater. Now, having acquired such a thing of beauty you must be wondering, “what's the best way to wash my cashmere?”

Wash Carefully

Think about the laundry detergent you are using. 

Fragrances that are found in laundry detergent are thought to be able to react with the environment and can create toxins within the home. This can be dealt with by having a HVAC system properly installed. In any case your cashmere wrap will only need the gentlest enzyme free soaps to get clean or try a magic laundry ball. These work by using minerals and magnets to draw the dirt out of your clothes and claim not to need any kind of detergent or softener. Also since cashmere is a naturally hypoallergenic material why wash it with chemicals? Its also a good idea to use the lightest spin setting to help your cashmere last longer.

Dry Diligently

Dry your lovely cashmere wrap outside whenever and wherever possible. Tumble drying is not recommended as the heat can damage the delicate fibres. However some people do pop their cashmere into a warm dryer once it is almost dry, just to plump up the fibres. Drying outside is generally a good idea for all clothes; reducing moisture in the house and saving energy. Your cashmere won’t be damaged due to a damp atmosphere, as its dry texture tends to repel moisture and even keeps away fungus and bacteria. You don't need to worry that line drying and clothes pegs will ruin the shape of your beloved garment as cashmere is well known for its ‘ bounce back qualities’ enabling it to hold and even retain its shape over repeated washes.

Cashmere is a truly versatile material. Combed from the undercoat of the Cashmere Goat (never from sheep), it is water repellant and has antibacterial properties and can keep you cool as well as warm.

Also it's said to get softer over time. Washing and drying carefully will take care of your cashmere wrap and your indoor environment at the same time.