Washing silk at home is possible, even if you've never done it before, even if you've always sent your silk garments off to a dry cleaner in accordance with the care labels on the garments. Just follow our easy-to-follow instructions and you'll be done in no time.

You'll need the following items to properly wash and dry silk clothing:
Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Stain Remover

Having the following items on hand is also a good idea:
Wash & Stain Bars, Mesh Bag Bundle and a Stain Brush are all included.

Before Washing

If you're planning to wash a silk garment in your washing machine, keep in mind that this fabric is known to bleed and may cause other items in the wash to get stained. To avoid the risk of bleeding when washing Silk for the first time, it is best to avoid garments that have more than one color in them. Color will not be lost at the end of the washing process. Test for color bleeding by dipping the item in lukewarm water and looking for an inconspicuous area. You'll know if bleeding occurs if the dye is released into the water. The silk can be cleaned at the dry cleaners if it bleeds during the test. Alternately, if the item is a solid color, you can simply wash it by itself. Some smooth finishes may become textured after being washed, so it's important to keep this in mind.


Stubborn stains can be removed in seconds by applying the stain solution or Wash & Stain Bar directly to the affected area. The Wash & Stain Bar tackles oil-based spills, while the Stain Solution removes color-rich stains like juice and wine.

Mix 14 cup of Scented Vinegar with cool water and soak the item for 30 minutes to get rid of the odors.

Hand Washing

In order to preserve silk's integrity, hand washing is the best method.

  • The Reverse Of That Is: Turn the item inside out before washing it. Only use the same or similar colors when washing.
  • Two capfuls of Delicate Wash can be added to the water in the wash basin or sink to draw a bath.
  • Gently agitate water with your hand to distribute soap and water evenly over the item. Soak for as long as you like.
  • Until the rinse water is no longer soapy, run cool water through the items. Don't wring. Gently press water out of an object between your hands or against a sink rather than trying to force it.
  • Note: Don't be alarmed if the water appears to be colored. This is completely normal, as the yarn is merely releasing dye at this point. When you're done, the fabric won't have lost any color.

Machine Washing

Remove silks from the washing machine as soon as the cycle is complete to avoid wrinkling.

  • Use a Mesh Bag Bundle to keep your item safe in the washing machine.
  • When washing delicates, use the cold water setting on your washing machine and the low spin setting. Consider the type of machine and the size of the load before adding Delicate Wash.
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