How to Wash Cashmere Beanie?

Bought a cashmere beanie and aren’t sure if you should handwash or dry-clean them? Should you always dry-clean them?  Is it going to pill?

 If you bumped into this blog post in search of these answers, then you came to the right place! I don’t how you bumped into this blog, but consider yourself lucky because I am going to walk you through the easiest steps to help you save your beloved cashmere beanie or other delicate cashmere knitwear.

To tell you the truth, if you have a high-quality cashmere beanie, they are much stronger and more durable than you probably imagine it to be.

First things first, you can tell if it’s low quality by just putting it on for the first few times. If it starts losing elasticity and is peeling off… well, sad but true… the $50 you may spend on low-quality or fake cashmere is as good as gone. I would rather burn my $50 than buy low- quality cashmere and have high expectations from it. It doesn’t work that way!

If you have your hands on a grade A cashmere beanie, then you congratulate yourself! You did a great job. You just saved yourself hundreds of dollars because it will last you longer rather watch your cashmere beanie give up on you and start loosening after your first few wears.

Now, if you own high-quality cashmere and you’re planning to machine wash it. Here’s my humble advice to you…


If you’re still planning to wash your beloved cashmere beanie in a washing machine after my warning, know the functions of your washing machine very well!! You must know which button is for what.

I made a huge mistake of washing my cashmere beanies in a washing machine multiple times, and I started noticing slight pilling after machine washing it for 4-5 times. That was the cost I paid for being lazy. Well, it was clearly written on the instructions that I should hand wash with baby shampoo, or dry clean it... so I can’t blame anyone but myself for it. So, here’s what I learned after that, you can use baby shampoo to handwash your cashmere, and hang to air dry them. This is the best way and preferred method to handwash your cashmere. Use lukewarm water and a teaspoon of baby shampoo to wash your cashmere beanies and air dry it until it is dry.

Machine washable cashmere beanies are pre-washed, and it will say on the label that it can be machine-washed. Until and unless it doesn’t say that on the label, I would say SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK…NO LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY!!! If you can dry clean them, it’s even better but if you want to save yourself a trip to the store and be lazy yet luxurious, hand-wash is the way to go. Steam iron it after it’s dry (to retain shape) and TADA!! You have a an almost new cashmere beanie now!!

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