Caring for delicate fabric can be a daunting task. You'd rather not pay to have someone else clean it, but you also don't want to wreck your treasured knitwear by washing it yourself at home. To lighten your load (and dry cleaning bill), we enlisted Lindsey J. Boyd, co-founder of TheLaundress.com to share her no-fail wool and cashmere care tips. Before you begin: Check the label for the garment's fabric content, rather than the care instructions. Even if the label says "dry clean," you can handwash it if the primary fiber is wool or cashmere.
Fill a basin or sink with cool water and add 1 Tbsp of a mild detergent that's free of bleach, such as Woolite Extra Delicates Care; swish the water to create suds. Place the sweater into the water and swirl it around until it's completely wet. Don't scrub or stretch the sweater, which can damage the shape and fibers. Let sit for 10 minutes while the detergent breaks down soil.