There’s nothing like the super-soft feel of cashmere. A cashmere baby blanket provides comfort and warmth to baby and mom alike. If you follow these tips for caring for your cashmere baby blankets, they could last all the way from crib to college.
How to Wash Your Cashmere Baby Blanket
Dab stains with cold water and mild detergent as soon as you notice them, but never try to rub them out. When you’re ready to wash the whole blanket, hand washing is best.
Fill a clean basin or sink with cold water and add a small amount of gentle soap or detergent formulated for caring for wool. Swish the water around to blend in the detergent. If the blanket has picked up odors, add a few tablespoons of vinegar. Once you have swished in all the additions, put the blanket in and gently press it so the soapy water penetrates the entire blanket. Let it soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
When the blanket has soaked for long enough, drain the sink and fill it up again with clean, cold water. Gently bunch the blanket up and release until the detergent is all out of the blanket.
- Never pull, stretch, or twist cashmere. To make sure the soapy water has soaked into the entire blanket, you can gently bunch it up and then let it float open again. The same goes for rinsing.
- Never try to rub a stain out
- Never use hot water
- Never, ever, ever put cashmere in the dryer.
Never hang a cashmere baby blanket up to dry—always lay it out flat
When you finish rinsing the blanket, drain the basin again and press down on the blanket to remove excess water. Carefully lift the blanket out of the sink and lay it flat on a clean, dry towel. Roll the towel up and press on it to squeeze more moisture out. Unroll the towel and transfer the blanket to another dry, clean towel. Gently lay the blanket out in the correct shape without pulling or stretching it, and allow it to air dry.
If you must, you can iron a cashmere blanket on a low setting, with a clean, white cloth between the iron and the blanket.
How to Store Your Cashmere Baby Blanket
Wool needs to breathe, but it also needs protection from pests, dampness, and sunlight. When the blanket is completely dry if you’re not going to use it for a while, store it in a ventilated bag or box that also protects it from insects and moisture. Keep it in a cool place—heat damages cashmere.These tips for caring for your cashmere baby blanket should help to make it last, maybe even until it passes to your grown-up baby’s child.