What’s the best cashmere detergent for your scarf
We love cashmere. It’s one of the softest and finest fabrics on Earth. It’s light, yet warm, and clothes made from it feel just perfect. We want to maintain this feeling for as long as possible.
Properly washing your clothes is important. Even more, when talking about those made from high-end fabrics, such as cashmere. Let’s take a look at the do’s and don’ts of caring for your woolens, as well as compare the most prominent cashmere detergents available on the market.
Why you should use specialist detergents instead of homemade soap
You may think that soap is as good as any other product for doing laundry, after all, its purpose is to clean things. While it’s true, we need to realize what soap is good for. When we use soap, we do it on non-porous surfaces, like our hands, the dishes, or the kitchen floor. Soap is perfect for these.
But why not clothes? The answer lies in the chemical composition of soaps. Most are oil-based substances and oil has a tendency to get stuck in hard-to-clean areas.
That’s exactly what happens when we use soap to clean our clothes. The oily product gets stuck in the delicate fibers and refuses to get washed away. You may not feel it at first, but the amount of soap residue on our clothes builds up over time. In time, your clothes will start to feel… wrong, and you may have to chemically strip your clothes off of the built-up grime. If you’re lucky, your clothes may be salvaged this way.
But, the better way to go about things is to never allow for such a situation to happen in the first place. That’s what specialist detergents are for. Unlike soaps, laundry detergents are soluble in water, meaning that they will not build up in between the fibers of your clothes. Especially after rinsing, any residue is washed away.
In hard water, detergents work much better than soaps. They don’t catch the magnesium and calcium particles from hard water. Unless you use a water softener when washing with soap, you’ll not only catch buildup from the soap itself but also the minerals and dust in hard water.
Also, don’t believe in the magic of homemade laundry soaps. They are still just soaps. With soapy ingredients, and soapy problems. Stick with specialized detergents, and your clothes will thank you for it.
There are a few more points to consider when choosing the right detergent. Are you sensitive to certain ingredients, are these ingredients toxic, and do you want to have a zero-waste and environmentally friendly lifestyle?
The ingredient lists can be overwhelming for us, with all of their long and scary-sounding names. Let’s check some of the ingredients that are common in detergents, and determine why we might want to avoid them in our products.
Leading cashmere detergents
Let’s take a look at a few popular brands and their cashmere detergents. All of the following are suitable for doing laundry both by hand and in a delicate machine cycle.
The Clothes Doctor doesn’t only care about your clothes, but also about our planet. It has the most unique, 100% aluminum bottle and a compostable label, making the product plastic-free. However, it’s not just about the bottle, but also about what’s inside. The detergent is pH neutral, which will boost your cashmere’s longevity. The natural fragrances of orange oil and Himalayan cedarwood are great moth repellents. The Clothes Doctor formula does however come with the addition of phenoxyethanol. It comes in three different bottle sizes. Their largest 500ml bottle should last you 32 wash cycles.
This wash has been specially crafted to nourish and rejuvenate fabrics. Just like your cashmere makes you feel cozy, The Lab Co.’s product will also give you a warm feeling. The warming scent of cinnamon, the relaxing fragrance of myrrh, and the woody note of cedarwood all work in unison to create a fantastic blend. Cedarwood also works as a natural repellent for moths. This wash does use phenoxyethanol as its preservative ingredient. Its 500ml bottle will last you about 32 washes.
The Laundress wool & cashmere shampoo is a concentrated formula that keeps your fabrics nice and fresh. It’s a dermatologist-tested, safe product, which helps preserve the longevity of your woolens. It is cedar-scented, which gives the product a traditional, natural, woody fragrance. In addition, cedar, together with limonene and linalool are all moth repellents. One bottle of this product should last you 32 wash cycles.
Take care of your cashmere products with the respect they deserve. The HUMDAKIN detergent is hypoallergenic and comes in a large 750ml bottle which should last you 50 washes. The mild, fresh fragrance of buckthorn and chamomile is sure to please your nostrils for a long time after the wash. However, the product does contain phenoxyethanol.
This wool and cashmere wash formula is devoid of any unwanted substances and all its ingredients are 100% natural. The addition of conditioning agents helps keep your fabrics fluffy and soft. Limonene and linalool repel moths, while fragonia and sandalwood grant the detergent its signature fragrance. The product is safe to use around children and on top of that, fully biodegradable. The large 500ml bottle will last you 50 hand washes or 25 machine ones.