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Machine Washing Cashmere

Started 1354019542.607 in Fashion Talk | Last reply 1354322411.753 by inGeorgia

Another poster ( Bungo) mentioned that she washes her dry clean only cashmere sweaters in the washing machine and it is fine. I decided to take a chance and washed them, one at a time, on the delicate cycle, and they came out PERFECT!!! Clean, no chemical smell, and so soft! Thank you!!!

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jackthebear1354019633.8736105 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I do it all the time, Use Eucalan a wash made for wool which is no rinse and comes in Lavendar and Eucalyptus

pink dogwo­od1354019841.73225 PostsRegistered 7/11/2007

Yep - I do this too. I'll wash mine in dryel - works perfectly!

robomo1354021151.019446 PostsRegistered 3/15/2005

It's way better for cashmere to be washed than dry cleaned. Dry cleaning dries out the cashmere. Washing makes them even softer. I also love the Dryel.

Charm1354021247.603107 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

To those of you who want to try this, but never have - be sure you wash them separately on "delicate" cycle, and do NOT put them in the dryer. I learned my lesson the hard way when I was much younger. It was a very expensive lesson. :(

~Lucky Lu~1354027452.2671055 PostsRegistered 8/15/2007Go Get 'Em Tigers!

I machine-wash my cashmere sweaters, too. I use the "washer bags" I bought at royalsilkusa dot com, and "silk wash" from wintersilks dot com and the hand-wash/delicates cycle on my machine, and they launder beautifully.

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running sh­elby1354031566.621954 PostsRegistered 6/2/2008

Unlined wool and cashmere comes out beautifully in the gentle cycle. I've been doing this for years.

depglass1354035653.81724301 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

Isn't Dryel a dry cleaning product? Is it liquid?

namealread­ytaken1354037672.197748 PostsRegistered 7/13/2009
On 11/27/2012 jackthebear said:

I do it all the time, Use Eucalan a wash made for wool which is no rinse and comes in Lavendar and Eucalyptus

I use Woolite which is less expensive but friends have told me not to use Woolite, that it is no longer a superior product. Based on your response, you must have the belief that Eucalan is a better product. Have you used Woolite and if so, would you compare the two products. I occasionally feel that Woolite does not do the job for me. I used it on some Eileen Fisher pants over the weekend. I had only worn them once, out to eat (after their virgin cleaning) and there was a stain which looked like I had sat in something (in the restaurant booth, dark restaurant). I did not know what, so I spot cleaned first and then used the Woolite. The spot was gone but the pants looked worn. That was my second time wearing them. So, I am wondering if the Woolite was the problem. The stain was gone and that area was okay, but the overall appearance of the pants was that of an old worn pair of pants.

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paulet1354044042.76624 PostsRegistered 8/15/2009

I have been washing merino wool and cashmere for years in washer in one of the bags and use a gentle scent free dye free product often dreft woolite can be harsh. But no matter what you use remember not to dry that is where shrinkage occurs. When in bag constant reminder to check garment. I dont like cleaner smells either -- always reminds me of mens wet leather shoes.

Also, in my case, I have lost some weight soooooo I tried the drier low heat for about 10-15 min on a few sweaters felt to big and that worked too -- they shrunk a small percent but perfect for wearing. Wouldn't really recommend, but the cleaners actually do throw clothes in a large dryer with a special cleaning fluid.

Washed sweaters last longer too. My daughter wears my first cashmere sweater my mom bought me when I was 19 I am now 69 -- it is a simple crew neck dark brown and looks wonderful on her.

Barbara in­ Virginia1354044428.047864 PostsRegistered 5/22/2010

Name, Woolite is a detergent and is harsh. It is designed to be used for but a minute or two to get soil out very quickly. I bought a cashmere wash product from a seller on eBay who sells lots of cashmere. Sorry, I don't remember the seller. It is made with natural products, including an ingredient that repels moths, and it is heavenly. You might do an eBay search for "Cashmere wash" or something comparable and see what comes up.

Barbara in­ Virginia1354044769.8377864 PostsRegistered 5/22/2010

Here is the cashmere wash that I use. It is wonderful!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gentle-Wash-for-your-Cashmere-Sweater-Scarf-or-Hat-16oz-/130797947768?pt=US_CSA_WC_Sweaters&hash=item1e742a4b78

~Lucky Lu~1354046041.6931055 PostsRegistered 8/15/2007Go Get 'Em Tigers!
On 11/27/2012 Barbara in Virginia said:

Here is the cashmere wash that I use. It is wonderful!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gentle-Wash-for-your-Cashmere-Sweater-Scarf-or-Hat-16oz-/130797947768?pt=US_CSA_WC_Sweaters&hash=item1e742a4b78

I love the idea of a natural moth repellant, but I am severely allergic to eucalyptus and all of its derivatives. Do you know if they use eucalyptus in this product?

Thanks!

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conlt1354047660.861899 PostsRegistered 5/22/2007
Yes I wash them in the machine with woolite. They come out perfect. I have a hand was cycle on my machine so that is what I use.

NaturalBor­nWoman1354048317.571245 PostsRegistered 10/21/2012
On 11/27/2012 ~Lucky Lu~ said:

I love the idea of a natural moth repellant, but I am severely allergic to eucalyptus and all of its derivatives. Do you know if they use eucalyptus in this product?

Thanks!

Having been a weaver of wearable, fiber arts for many years; I have come to trust 'Eucalan No Rinse Delicate Wash' or 'Eucalan Woolwash' - both available in Natural Scent/No Scent.

From my merino, cashmere, alpaca, llama, vicuna to qiviut - excellent results!

Find Online @ Eucalan dotcom or Mielkefarm dotcom. ECO Friendly too!

I also use Dr. Bronner's Baby Soap for handwashing of woolen scarves, gloves & hats. It's also great for pure silk. Found in most health food stores. HTH

Barbara in­ Virginia1354050356.077864 PostsRegistered 5/22/2010

Lucky Lu, The ingredients on mine list coco derivitives, laurel glucoside, cedar oil, sea salt, and DMDM hydatoin. But you may want to write the seller as sometimes formulae change. I remember her being very nice.

~Lucky Lu~1354050973.4071055 PostsRegistered 8/15/2007Go Get 'Em Tigers!

Thank you, Barbara in Virginia. I will definitely contact that seller.

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imaclothes­hog1354053275.8322314 PostsRegistered 2/12/2006

I have been washing my cashmere for a long time now. Aside from the cost of dry cleaning, I hate the odor, it's just a terrible smell.

You don't have to use Woolite to wash your cashmere in although that is what I use, guess I shouldn't if some say it is harsh. Some people use Ivory snow or Dreft detergent, these are really gentle baby detergents. Haven't tried those.

I am very interested in the cashmere detergents mentioned here, I will have to look into those and see what I can find here in my area, I wonder if they have it at Bed Bath and Beyond? I have never seen anything like that at Target or Walmart (which is where I usually buy my detergent). Do you think they have that on Amazon? Will have to pop over and check.

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colliegirls1354054107.4676914 PostsRegistered 5/13/2012

I washed mine in a tiny bit of Tide ( Free and Gentle), lots of water, on the hand wash cycle of my washer, one sweater at a time. I hung to dry, NO DRYER!! They look and feel great!

namealread­ytaken1354055921.8977748 PostsRegistered 7/13/2009

Barbara, thank you very much. I am giving it a try as soon as I receive. Thanks!

namealread­ytaken1354056022.287748 PostsRegistered 7/13/2009

I had forgotten Dr. Bronner's. I used that, purchased from a favorite natural store I found on vacation once upon a time and have been a mail-order shopper ever since but had forgotten Dr. Bronner's.

Barbara in­ Virginia1354057356.027864 PostsRegistered 5/22/2010
On 11/27/2012 namealreadytaken said:

Barbara, thank you very much. I am giving it a try as soon as I receive. Thanks!

I really like that cashmere wash. The fibers loft up even better than before, are silky soft, and the slight scent is very nice.

magicmoodz1354058306.955325 PostsRegistered 6/23/2008

Wow, I must be the only one who hand washes her cashmere sweaters. To me it feels kind of organic and I enjoy it. But then I wash all my lingerie by hand too. (I know, maybe I have too much time on my hands!) Smile


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Kathleen1354059328.3913318 PostsRegistered 8/7/2006East Side, West Side, All Around The Town ... London Bridge is Falling Down
On 11/27/2012 magicmoodz said:

Wow, I must be the only one who hand washes her cashmere sweaters. To me it feels kind of organic and I enjoy it. But then I wash all my lingerie by hand too. (I know, maybe I have too much time on my hands!) Smile


You're not the only one. I hand wash also ... I have a lot of hand knits. I use shampoo.

ScrapHappy21354070300.067209 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 11/27/2012 Barbara in Virginia said:

Here is the cashmere wash that I use. It is wonderful!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gentle-Wash-for-your-Cashmere-Sweater-Scarf-or-Hat-16oz-/130797947768?pt=US_CSA_WC_Sweaters&hash=item1e742a4b78

Thanks Barbara just placed my order. Have been looking for a wash to use with my cashmere sweaters and love the idea of a product that natually repels moths!!!

NaturalBor­nWoman1354201689.3531245 PostsRegistered 10/21/2012
On 11/27/2012 namealreadytaken said:

I had forgotten Dr. Bronner's. I used that, purchased from a favorite natural store I found on vacation once upon a time and have been a mail-order shopper ever since but had forgotten Dr. Bronner's.

What makes Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap so great for washing woolens is that it is Pure Castile Soap which means it is made of Olive Oil ("Castile" as in the Castile region of Spain). Upon washing, the natural lanolin of the wool fibers is strengthen'd by the olive oil content of the soap - some of my vintage cashmere is over 60 years old & looks great!

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