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So Fresh and So Clean: How to Make Sure Your Silk, Wool, and Cashmere Last and Last

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You ready to cut down on those dry-cleaning bills? Yah, thought so. We surveyed a bunch of designers, and they were straight-up thrilled to share their tips for taking very good care of some of their favorite fabrics. —erica

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CLEANING SILK

+ “I always wash my silk stuff myself with The Laundress Delicate Wash, and this Stain Solution helps remove any spots you get on your garment—I always get oil on myself when I wear silk!” —Alyson Fox

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TAKING CARE OF SILK

+ “I hand-wash as much stuff as I can to avoid the dry cleaner, but I cough up the cash when it comes to my silk things. I do have a tip to prolong the time between visits to the cleaners, though: If you get a greasy stain on silk, sprinkle some baby powder on the stain and let it sit for a half hour or so. Then shake off the powder. Hopefully it’s absorbed the grease, and the stain is gone.” —Allison Sires of Thomas Sires

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WASHING SWEATERS

+ “Many cashmere labels may read dry clean only, but I’ll fill you in on a little secret:  Hand-washing a cashmere sweater is the best. Turn it inside-out and immerse it in a solution of cold water and a gentle wool wash product like The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. Don’t scrub—instead gently squeeze the suds throughout the fabric. Never wring or stretch the fabric in any way. Finally, rinse the garment several times in clean, lukewarm water until the water runs clear. As soon as you can, gently press out the excess water—to cut the time in half, use a large salad spinner to spin off excess water—and lay your sweater flat on a towel and reshape it as it dries.” —Pierre Kim of Ivory Row

+ “To hand-wash wool, it’s great to use a bit of shampoo instead of laundry detergent. My mum taught me that trick.” —Nina Egli of Toujours Toi Family Affairs

+ “Soak Wash! Genius! You literally soak your knit and let it dry.” —Lynne Hiriak of Cardigan

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FRESHENING UP AND STORING SWEATERS

+ “Fold your sweaters and keep them in a drawer or on a shelf—hangers are sweaters’ worst enemies. Okay, I lied: Actually moths are sweaters’ worst enemies.  Keep a piece of cedar in the drawer with your sweaters to naturally repel the moths. Add a sachet of dry lavender to keep other bugs away.” —Tara St James of Study

+ “I tumble-dry musty sweaters with a few clean towels and a dryer sheet, and they look and smell like new. I like Mrs. Meyer’s Dryer Sheets the best because the scent isn’t too overpowering.” —Danielle Ribner of Loup

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