How to Hand-Wash Your Cashmere

Delicately hand-wash our cashmere sweaters and accessories every two to five wears and before storing away for the season.
To hand-wash:

  1. First, pre-treat any stains—including tough underarm marks—with The Laundress Stain Solution
  2. Then, prepare a cold-water bath with The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo or The Laundress Signature Detergent and let soak for 30 minutes. 
  3. Rinse well and carefully press out excess water. Do not wring.
  4. Dry flat on a clean towel or drying rack. 

*Should you choose to clean your knits in the washing machine, we recommend using mesh laundry bags like The Laundress Mesh Washing Bags to keep them from getting snagged or tangled.

More Cashmere Tips & FAQs

What can I do if my cashmere developed a hole?

For items with small holes that can be mended, please contact us at customerservice@whiteandwarren.com with a photo of the hole. If we have extra cashmere yarn in the color of the item, we will send it to you for repairs.


My cashmere is pilling or shedding.

For pilling under the arms or on an area where a purse or bag may rub against the knit, we suggest carefully using The Laundress Sweater Stone. For more delicate knits, we recommend The Laundress Sweater Comb. Please keep in mind that because cashmere is a natural fiber, the yarn will shed some over time.


How should I store my cashmere?

After washing, carefully fold your garments and place them in White + Warren cotton dust bags. (Pro tip: Cotton pillowcases will work if you don’t have dust bags. And always store knits folded—never on hangers—to prevent stretching or distorting.)
Place dust bags in an air-tight bin with cedar chips or lavender sachets; both cedar and lavender are natural moth repellents, and lavender will leave behind a pleasant scent (unlike moth balls which are toxic and can leave behind an odor). Store your bins in a dry, cool place to avoid moisture.

What can I do to avoid and treat moth holes in my cashmere?

If you find moth holes in your cashmere, hand-wash the garment(s) using the above instructions to rid them of perfume, body oils, and food debris (moths love all of these things), and clean out the drawers or storage bins where they were kept. If you want to make doubly sure the pests are gone, place the individual garments in air-tight plastic bags in the freezer for a few days.


How do I remove wrinkles from my cashmere?

In order to keep your cashmere feeling and looking like new, we do not recommend ironing. However, if you must, turn the garment inside-out and use your iron’s “low” or “wool” setting to remove any wrinkles.

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