There are two reasons that you might be interested in learning how to wash and dry cotton cashmere clothing. The first reason is that you have bought (or otherwise acquired) an article of clothing that you like but that's made of cotton cashmere and you want to make sure that you don't ruin this interesting fabric in the wash. The second reason is that you've started working with knitting materials and have come across the cotton cashmere yarn that's out there but you don't know how realistic it's going to be to wear clothing that you've made from this material. The answer is that cotton cashmere is fairly easy to wash and dry if you don't mind doing some hand washing in your home. For folks who want to wash and dry everything by machine, cotton cashmere is definitely not the way to go.
Washing Cotton Cashmere
Cotton cashmere is fairly easy to wash as far as hand washing clothing goes. You should be able to hand wash this material in cold or warm water although you'll want to pay attention to the color of your material when you are considering how warm or cold to make the temperature of the wash water. You won't want to wash this material in extra hot water because it's more prone to damage and fading.
Some people have reported that they can wash this material in their washing machines without damage to the article of clothing. This has been done in sensitive washing machines that are able to wash "delicates" and "dry clean only" style of clothing. Although this has been reported, it is not recommended that you wash cotton cashmere in your washing machine. Do so only with the understanding that you are risking either immediate or long-term damage to the clothing.
Drying Cotton Cashmere
Whether or not you end up washing the cotton cashmere clothing that you have in the machine, you should definitely not plan on machine drying it. This is a fairly sensitive fabric that is prone to damage in the heat of the dryer. It should be dried out in the open air. It is preferable that you dry these articles of clothing using a flat drying method if at all possible. You can line dry cotton cashmere but you risk losing some of the shape of the item. Flat drying should prevent this problem and leave you with a piece of clothing that looks the way that you want it to look.
When making decisions about how to wash and dry clothing such as this kind, you should take a few basic things into consideration. First, you should consider how important the clothing is to you. If it's not something that you want to risk damaging then you want to take the utmost care in hand washing and drying the item. If it's something that you don't mind getting a little faded or worn, you can test out machine washing and line drying as you see fit. In addition to this, you should consider any blend that is incorporated into the material, what the specific item of clothing is and what color the material is. Reviewing this traits will assist you in making the final determination about how to wash and dry this type of material.
Beatrix from Vienna on October 29, 2012:
I got a beautiful Kitty Montgomery Cashmere Dress but was afraid of washing it. Thanks for your advioce. Very Helpful!
wart dot on January 12, 2011:
i like to clean my clothes for a living and a hobby its really fun and i love it :) xxxxxx
Dee on February 21, 2010:
I washed my cashmere sweaters in the washing machine on a very gentle cycle. I used baby shampoo, and remove them right away after the washing cycle. I laid them flat on raised dryer mats. They were just fine.
One day I got bold and after washing them I put them in the dryer on a no heat cycle with a dryer sheet. They were just fine.
H P Roychoudhury from Guwahati, India on December 23, 2009:
The dresses made of the fiber of Cotton Cashmere are soft and comfortable to use because the cotton fiber has a socking property. It easily absorbs the moisture or any secreted body material and brings the comfort. Because of the power of absorption it also absorbs atmospheric dust easily making the dress dirty at ease. To clean it in machine it would require cycling several times. Consequently the fabric will be disturbed and the dress will lost its beauty. As such it is preferable to use hand washing using brass with care and dried in open air preferably under sunray. In summary it requires a tender treatment.
CashmereShopping on November 19, 2008:
I've found that you can now wash cashmere knitwear in the washing machine. In days gone by you used to have to take it to the dry cleaners.As long as you use the gentle hand wash cycle (cool) and a specialist wool and delicates washing liquid then it should be fine. Dry away from direct heat and iron if you need to. My cashmere jumpers have come up beautifully!
JJ on October 28, 2008:
Very Helpful- thank you very much!
2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on April 14, 2008:
I like to use a very mild detergent, such as Woolite. As you recommend, I dry flat, and then finish off with a warm iron. For very fine knits, I use a cloth between the garment and the iron.
Kathryn Vercillo (author) from San Francisco on March 07, 2008:
@ livelonger ... No problem; it's an interesting topic and I hope the article helped. Out of curiosity, do the tags on the shirts recommend anything specific?
Jason Menayan from San Francisco on March 06, 2008:
Thanks, Kathryn. I have several cotton cashmere shirts from Banana Republic and wanted to know how to care for them. The tag wasn't too informative.