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Forget the Dry Cleaners, Wash Your Own Delicate Pieces the Eco-Friendly Way!

Posted by Shima Shimizu on

Ready to store away your fall and winter wardrobe?
Personally, I would have liked the cooler weather to last a little longer but it seems that Winter is already over and we need to start embracing the Spring season. 

If you are similar to me and like to do a final wash of their warm clothing before packing them away, there is a way to do it by yourself without ruining your favourite pieces. 

Have a lot of cashmere and wool pieces that you spend hundreds of dollars cleaning?  Well, ditch the dry cleaners, which use toxic chemicals that are damaging to the human health and environment and try….. handwashing!  I know.. it might sound like a pain but this is by far the safest, most natural method using only plant and mineral cleansers.
wool and cashmere wash hong kongHow To Handwash Cashmere And Wool 
Soapnut Republic Kim Gilliland in Cashmere Coat
Firstly, always pre-treat any stains with Soapnut Republic Natural Stain Remover.
soapnut republic cashmere wash stain remover
Then, add 50mL or a squirt of Soapnut Republic Delicates Shampoo to a basin of lukewarm water. Never use hot water to wash cashmere.  Immerse the garment and swish gently, taking care not to stretch it. Soak for up to 10 minutes.
soapnut republic cashmere soak delicate shampoo

Squeeze the water out of the garment without wringing or stretching. Discard the soapy water, and refill the basin with clean, lukewarm water. Repeat this process until the water is no longer soapy. Avoid rinsing under running water, which can stretch delicate fabrics.



Don’t wring. Wringing out a wet garment can be harsher on fabric than running it through the delicate cycle of a washing machine.



soapnut republic cashmere wash dry
Press water out of the garment and then dry the item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or a clean white (or light-coloured) towel.
To speed up the drying process you can lay the garment on top of the towel, gently smoothing out all the wrinkles. Starting at the top of the garment, roll the towel and the garment together, pressing down on the roll to help the towel absorb the water in the garment. Unroll. If the item is still very wet, repeat this step with a dry towel.
Steam Iron
When dry, lay the garment flat and gently steam iron using a wool or cashmere setting.
soapnut republic cashmere steam iron
Soapnut Republic Delicate Wool, Cashmere and Silk Shampoo is naturally gentle and softening on fabric. This unique blend of pure soapnut extract combined with safe plant and mineral ingredients is perfect for cleaning and protecting wool, cashmere, silk and other delicate fabrics. Subtly fragranced with lemongrass and Australian Tea Tree essential oils, our non-toxic formula will help to prolong the life of your most delicate items.
Interested in purchasing this delicate shampoo?  You can shop for it here as well as their many other eco-friendly household cleaning products. 

Credit: Soapnut Republic HK

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