I've always wondered whether or not I could safely wash cashmere. I only own 3 cashmere garments but I still really wanted to be able to clean them myself. I wondered if they'd shrink or just overall be ruined. I splurged and got a bottle of wool and cashmere shampoo from The Laundress. If you are anything like me then you can wander around their website for hours finding all kinds of great tips for garment care. The shampoo is $19 a bottle and washes 32 loads of clothes. With my smaller wardrobe, this bottle should last me many years.
The cedar/sandalwood scent of the shampoo is heavenly and naturally repel moths.
I followed their website instructions and took the plunge with this scarf I've had for many years.
I measured it first to because I wanted to see if there would be any shrinking. I filled the sink with air temperature water and put two small squirts of shampoo in the bowl. Then I mixed the water and shampoo to make it sudsy and then put the scarf in and gently agitated it.
I let it soak for about 45 minutes, drained the water and then rinsed it gently. I did not squeeze or wring it out. Just gently pushed the excess water out.
I then laid it onto a dry white towel and rolled it up.
Again gently squeezing any water out.
Because the temp outside was slightly warm I hung it on the line to dry. In about 2 hours it was completely dry and smelled so good. I re-measured the scarf and it did not shrink one bit.
I figure it would have cost $6 to $10 to have it dry cleaned and this is way better for the environment.
So good and so worth it.