When to wash cashmere?
Before washing your cashmeres, you should ask yourself:
‘Do I need to wash my cashmere?’
The Greatness of Cashmere, Silk and Wool
Natural protein fibres such as cashmere, silk and wool are naturally antibacterial. This doesn’t mean that you never have to wash them, but it means you probably have to wash them a lot less than you think.
The Fabulousness of Plant Fibres
Clothes made of natural plant fibres such as cotton, hemp, bamboo and flax also need regular washing as they are not antibacterial . However, to put the need into perspective: clothes made of plant fibres bind only around 10 % of bacteria.
The Smelly Reality of Synthetics
Polyester and other chemicals bind bacteria at a rate of more than 80 %, which very quickly makes them smelly. Basically, they trap bacteria and to stay odourless you have to wash them after every wear. Obviously, all this laundering is quite polluting.
Now, you’re probably wondering:
How do I know, when to wash my cashmere?
There are two correct answers:
1) You do need to wash them before you put them away for the season.
2) When needed.
Always air your clothes after you’ve worn them. The best thing is to leave them out overnight, so they are completely dry before you put them back in your wardrobe. Another thing to consider is spot washing. Instead of washing the whole piece, you may just need to wash part of it. Maybe you only need to gently wash the armpits, but not the whole sweater?
More useful information about washing your cashmere
Still need to wash your cashmere? Here is our guideline for how to wash cashmere :https://www.asneh.com/how-to-wash-cashmere
If you are considering wether you can wash your cashmere in a machine, we recommend you to read this firsthttps://www.asneh.com/can-you-machine-wash-cashmere