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I don't. I believe they put dry clean only on everything nowadays (especially relatively expensive garments) to avoid potential liability issues. Plus, most cashmere items will say dry clean, and I'm told this is one of the worst ways to care for cashmere and can ruin the product. Most modern washers have delicate cycles and you can use a very mild detergent wouldn't expect one to be playing soccer in expensive clothing). If you are careful, you can safely machine
I agree with most of what you say. But sometimes dry cleaning is the best. For example silk will tend to lose its brilliance when washed by hand. On the other hand the silk will become softer when hand washed. I am not personally brave enough to put beautiful fabrics in the washing machine, but what I have heard is that textures will often change. Sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Very, very mild detergents should be ok, mild shampoos for wool and silk would usually be better. If you are worried about colors bleeding be sure to use a mild soap such as synthrapol which has suspension agents. You can buy it online for around $11 per half gallon.
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I don't, and in some cases I think labels are really misleading. As a reformed northener I have a nice, small collection of cashmere sweaters. Many have labels that suggest dry cleaning, but I think that handwash in cold water without any detergent is the best way to clean them (unless they are filthy or smelly, in which case you'll need to either to dry clean them and pray or use a gentle detergent [hah.] or shampoo). The main thing with them is to avoid any friction, which is what makes detergent and shampoo a bit problematic. I "fulled" a couple of nice sweaters pretty badly while learning to wash them properly. I don't machine dry much of my nice outer clothing, and even there I'm careful, use low heat, and often take things out while still damp (which also helps in ironing some things), and finish the drying in air. Some clothing can stand up to full sunlight when line dried, some can't. I recommend sun-drying for clothes that can take it, as it leaves them really fresh, but discretion is the better part of valor here, as with all cleaning techniques. Bad drycleaners can, and will, ruin just about anything.
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