How to Care for Your Wool and Cashmere Sweaters

Both wool and cashmere sweaters can be cared for in the same way. Wool is the fiber from a sheep, and cashmere is the fiber from an angora goat. Both fibers need to be hand-washed so that they don't felt or shrink. Proper washing and care will ensure that your sweater will last a lifetime; a high quality wool or cashmere pullover or cardigan is a classic item that can be worn season after season.

Things You'll Need

  • Wool wash

  • Clean, dry towel


Step 1

Fill a sink or washing machine with cool water. Add a quarter cup of wool wash.

Step 2

Add the wool sweater. Multiple sweaters can be washed at the same time if they are in the same color family.

Step 3

Leave the washing machine lid up and soak the sweater for at least an hour. Set the washing machine on the spin cycle to remove the water.

Step 4

Remove the sweater. Spread a towel on a spare bed or table, and lay the sweater on the towel to dry. Store or wear the sweater when it has dried.


Step 1

Fold the sweater for storage.

Step 2

Place the sweater in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Step 3

Add cedar blocks or chips to discourage pests.


You only need to wash a wool or cashmere sweater once or twice a season.

Use gentle baby shampoo or laundry soap in place of wool wash if desired.


Never hang a wool sweater on a hanger; it will stretch out of shape.

Don't store sweaters in direct sunlight, the sun's rays could cause the color to fade.

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