Updated: Nov 21, 2019
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The care label may read "dry clean only," but
hand washing a cashmere sweater will actually make it softer over time.
Be sure to use baby shampoo or a mild detergent like Woolite or Essence.
Add a mild detergent or baby shampoo to a sink of lukewarm water,
then swish it around with your hand to create some foam. Turn the sweater inside out, place it in the sink and work the soapy water through it. Squeeze the sweater lightly so you don't stretch or snag the cashmere. Remove the sweater, drain the sink, refill it with fresh water and put the sweater back in. Gently move the sweater through the water, lightly massaging it t until it's free of detergent.
Press out the excess water,
but do not wring the sweater. Instead, lay it flat on a towel and reshape it as it dries.
Wet cashmere can take days to dry. To cut the time in half, use a large salad spinner to spin off excess water. Use one with a pull cord; they're more effective. Then lay flat to dry.
If the sweater smells of body odor, add 3/4 of a cup of vinegar to a sink full of tepid water along with the soap and let it soak for a few minutes.