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How to Hand Wash Cashmere Pashmina in 4 Easy Steps

You’ve invested good money in your cashmere garments. Use our handy How-To hand wash cashmere pashmina in 4 easy steps to make them last a lifetime.

A well constructed cashmere garment or home accessory should last for generations. Proper care and cleaning are key to ensuring that your favorite cashmere garments become heirloom items. It’s easy if you follow Pashm & Co’s handy How To hand wash cashmere pashmina in 4 easy steps.


Check: Dry Clean or Hand Wash?

Some cashmere items are Dry Clean only. Always check your care label. Here’s a quick guide to industry care symbols:

Laundry Care Symbols

When hand washing your cashmere garments is an option, follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Hand Wash Cashmere Pashmina

Fill a clean basin with cold to lukewarm water and a very mild soap or shampoo (we recommend Puretergent Gentle). Gently work the suds through the fabric


Step 2: Rinse

Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, repeating as necessary to remove all soap residue from your cashmere garment. If needed use a clean basin with clean, soap-free water to aid the process — changing out water as frequently as needed.


Step 3: Squeeze

Lay the item out on a clean towel, adjusting it to its original shape. Roll the towel up, jelly roll style. Apply pressure to the towel, gently squeezing extra water out.

NEVER wring or twist the item or it will lose its original shape.


Step 4: Dry

Unroll and lay the item flat again on another clean, dry towel to finish air drying.

Never hang your cashmere on a hanger as it will lose its shape.

Avoid laying near a heater or in the sun to dry, which can shorten the life of the garment.

When the item is completely dry, gently fold it and lay flat in a drawer until ready to use. With cashmere scarves, you can also hang from a protected garment hanger once the scarf is dry.


Protecting Your Cashmere

There are a number of best practices you can use to extend the life of your cashmere item, including:

1. To protect from cloth moths, place in a sealed plastic bag with cedar blocks or lavender sachets. If needed, place the bag in the freezer once a month for a few days to stop the egg cycle of the moths.

2. Gently shake your garments out once a month to disturb the moths, as they don’t like light.

3. With fine cashmere, the shorter hairs come loose with initial wear. Use a cashmere comb or debobbler to remove any pilling or shedding of new garments. The garment will become softer and more supple over time. We recommend the Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover.

4. Sticky tape rollers work well for removing lint or animal hair.

5. Be careful with your accessories. Jewelry and zippers can tend to snag and increase pilling.

6. Give your favorite pieces a few days rest here and there.


With a little TLC and cashmere care, your garments will become heirloom items you’ll be glad to enjoy for years and hand down to loved ones. Want this guide in an infographic you can easily reference anytime? Sign up today for our Pashm & Co newsletter for a free download of our Cashmere Care Guide.

By | 2017-06-06T10:58:19+00:00 March 20th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

About the Author:

A former Petaluma Vice Mayor and outspoken advocate of Slow Fashion, Tiffany relaunched Pashm & Co in the fall of 2014 with a very simple but important belief — that fashion can be both beautiful and ethical, and can bring prosperity to where it’s needed most in the world. Tiffany holds a Permaculture Design Certificate through Daily Acts and a MA from California Institute of Integral Studies with a focus in Integral Ecology. She is a 2007 Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and Economy. She frequently speaks on Local Economy and Regenerative Businesses.