How To Wash A Cashmere Scarf

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With proper care, your cashmere scarf will retain its color for a long time.
With proper care, your cashmere scarf will retain its color for a long time. (Image: AnaitBoyajyan/iStock/Getty Images)

The wool used to make soft, luxurious cashmere clothing comes from the cashmere goat. The scarves made from this type of wool are the most warm, long-lasting and expensive -- and call for the proper care. Care instructions on the tags of cashmere clothing usually read "Dry clean only." However, delicate cashmere scarves require gentle care and cleaning to maintain their softquality. Hand wash your cashmere scarves for the safest care.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild detergent
  • Towels

Step 1

Hand wash your cashmere scarf in lukewarm water using mild detergent, baby shampoo or soap flakes. Do not use fabric softener, bleach or a detergent containing bleach.

Step 2

Soak the scarf in lukewarm water for five minutes.

Step 3

Rinse the scarf in lukewarm water several times. Do not wring the scarf.

Step 4

Roll the scarf up in a towel to remove excess water. Use a second towel if the first becomes too damp and if you still need to remove excess water.

Step 5

Lay the scarf flat on a fresh towel to dry. Do not hang the scarf to dry, as this will cause the fabric to stretch and lose its shape. Keep the scarf away from heat and sunlight while drying.

Tip

  • Do not twist, wring or rub the scarf to remove excess water.

    Do not store your clean cashmere scarf by hanging it up. Fold and place it flat in a dresser drawer.

    Always clean your cashmere scarf before storing it and place lavender sachets or cedar chips/blocks wherever you store the clean scarf. This will keep moths away.

Warning

  • Do not wash cashmere scarves in a washing machine. This will distort the fabric and ruin your scarves.

    Cashmere scarves may lose their shape if you do not properly hand wash them.

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