How to Wash & Dry Pashmina

A pashmina shawl is made from the finest grade of cashmere wool. To maintain the softness, warmth and beauty of your pashmina shawl, it needs to be properly cared for. Although dry cleaning is recommended by many experts, pashmina can be hand-washed and dried at home if you know what you are doing and have the right cleanser. Best of all, with proper care your pashmina is said to get softer with every washing.

Fill a sink or basin with warm water. Add a few drops of baby shampoo. Use your hand to swirl the soap, so it dissolves in the water completely.

Submerge your pashmina in the soapy water. Leave the pashmina to soak. Do not agitate it or it may cause the pashmina to develop lint and fuzz by loosening the fibres. Use your finger to gently rub away any spots or stains.

Drain the soapy water from the basin or sink. Refill it with cold water and let the pashmina soak in the cold water. Drain and refill with cold water two to three times to rinse the soap from the pashmina.

Remove the pashmina from the water. Roll the pashmina in a towel to remove the excess water. Do not wring the pashmina out because you will damage it. Lay it flat on a towel to dry.

Iron your pashmina on low heat when it is dry to get wrinkles out. Put a towel on top of the pashmina and iron the towel rather than ironing the pashmina directly.

Things You'll Need

  • Baby shampoo
  • Basin
  • Towel
  • Cloth
  • Iron
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Hillary Marshall has been writing professionally since 2006. Before writing instructional articles online, she worked as a copywriter and has been published in "Ideal Living" "Sass" "Science Edge" and "Shopping Cents" magazines along with countless websites including Gadling a blog by the Huffington post. Marshall studied early childhood education at the Stratford Career Institute.