There’s something about the softness and warmth of a cashmere travel blanket that can transform even an economy flight into a luxury experience. Here are six of our favorite ones:
How to care for your cashmere travel blanket
1. Hand-wash is best
Even if the care label says “dry clean only,” it’s actually better to hand wash cashmere, as it will get softer over time.
2. Use mild detergent
Don’t just use your regular laundry detergent for this job! Look for a mild detergent like The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo or Hillhouse Naturals Cashmere Laundry Detergent. If you’re out of either of those, baby shampoo works too.
3. Don’t wring the blanket
Never wring cashmere, as doing so can distort its shape. Press down to remove the excess water, then lay it flat on a towel to dry.
4. Remove pills
People often think that pills are a sign of low-quality cashmere. But in reality, they’re the result of normal friction from using a cashmere item like a blanket. To remove pills, use a Sweater Stone or simply brush them out with a boar-bristle brush.
5. Keep the moths away
If you won’t be using your blanket for awhile, store it in an air-tight bag with cedar balls. Moths are attracted to the perfumes and oils trapped in the fibers, but the bag will keep them away.