I’ve partnered with The Laundress to share how to properly care for your knits at home. It’s finally “sweata weatha” and I’m happy to report that I have zero plans to do any dry cleaning this year. It’s estimated that 90% of all “dry clean only” items can be laundered at home, and that is certainly true for all of the cashmere and wool sweaters I wear. Not only does it save tons of money and time, it’s also better for garments, the environment, and you. Not sure if you can launder the item at home? Here’s a helpful guide.
I love The Laundress products because they are plant-based and animal-cruelty free, and their formulas are highly concentrated so they last for a long time—a little goes a long way. In my IGTV video, I’m showing you how to properly care for your treasured knits at home so you can keep them looking great for years and years. You can also snag the tools you need (like my favorite Wool & Cashmere Shampoo) from The Laundress at 25% off with my code NATALIE25 through 10/20.
Here’s the process I follow when washing my wool and cashmere sweaters at home:
PREP + PRE-TREAT
- Treat any stains before laundering. Use Wash & Stain Bar on harder to reach areas (armpits, necklines) and to dirt,
grease, and oil based stains, or Stain Solution for tannin and protein stains (wine, fruit, coffee, ink, etc.)
- If your item has an odor, mix Scented Vinegar with tepid water and soak for 30 minutes before laundering.
- Decide whether to hand wash in a basin or use the machine (make sure to use mesh bags and wash on low spin in cold water if you use the machine)
- Use a little bit of The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo to clean the garment. It’s a pH balanced, plant-based formula for washing knits like wool, cashmere, mohair and blends. It’s also scented in cedar, which is a natural bug repellant.
- Always hang knits to dry on a drying rack or lay flat.
- To speed up drying, you can lay flat on a towel and roll the towel to absorb the water quicker.
- Once dry, de-pill sweaters using the Sweater Comb for fine-gauge knits or the Sweater Stone for chunkier knits.
- The Cashmere Brush can be used to remove lint.
- Only wash your sweaters when necessary. To freshen knits in between washes, spray Wool & Cashmere Spray. It has antibacterial properties and a Cedar scent that removes removing odors and is a natural bug repellent to protect knits.
I hope this helps you care better for your quality knits so you can wear them and love them for years to come.