Sweater Washing Tips

It’s that time of year again. With pumpkin spice flavored everything, falling temperatures and soon-to-be falling leaves, Autumn is just around the corner. But we all know that the best part of fall is the sweaters. From cashmere to chenille, there is simply nothing cozier than a sweater on a chilly day. Your favorite sweater can quickly be ruined if you don’t know how to properly wash it, though.

Sweaters may be the perfect fall fashion item, but they are definitely not the easiest items to wash. One wrong move and your favorite sweater could shrink or even fall apart. Never fear, your sweater washing guide is here!

The most important thing to know before you wash your sweater is what it’s made of. That is going to determine how to wash it. This brings us back to our favorite saying: “Always, always check your tags!” Many sweaters will recommend using a dry cleaning service rather than washing them in a machine, but unless it says “Dry Clean ONLY,” you should be fine to either hand-wash or machine-wash. But different fabrics have to be washed in different ways, so grab a Pumpkin Spiced Latte, snuggle up in your favorite sweater and read up on these sweater washing tips!


Is there anything more luxurious than cashmere? Keep that luxury looking and feeling its best by washing it properly. When washing cashmere, your mantra should be, “Gentle, Gentle, Gentle.” Made from goat hair and wool, cashmere can be hand-washed or machine-washed, but make sure you check the tags to ensure your sweater is not dry clean only. If hand-washing, add one capful of Roux Maison Delicate Detergent to a sink full of cold water. Gently swish the sweater in the water and rinse thoroughly. If machine-washing, choose the most delicate cycle available and wash in cold water. Then, lay the sweater on a towel and roll it up to remove any excess water. Reshape and block as needed and allow the sweater to dry completely.  Be sure to keep it away from heat or direct sunlight and remember to always dry your sweaters and knit wear flat and not hanging so they don’t stretch out.


You may think that because Chenille is spun from cotton, it should be safe to machine-wash. Unfortunately, tossing it in the washer will likely turn your soft chenille sweater into a rough, snagged mess. So if you want to keep it looking and feeling great, just hand-wash it inside-out in cold water with one capful of Roux Maison Delicate Detergent. Rinse thoroughly and lay flat to dry.


Wool is another tricky fabric to wash, so make sure you obey those labels on the inside of your sweaters. If it says “Dry clean only,” you may prefer to take it to the cleaners instead of taking a chance. But if your wool sweater is safe to wash, choose cold water and your machine’s gentlest cycle, adding two capfuls of Roux Maison Delicate Detergent (for a full load). Roll up in a towel to squeeze out excess water, then lay flat to dry.  Hand washing with a capful of Roux Maison Delicate Detergent in the sink using the same directions as for chenille sweaters should also work just fine.

Keep your favorite fall fashions looking their best with Roux Maison! Washing sweaters doesn’t have to give you a headache. Just follow these fabric tips and read those labels!

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