How to Clean Silk Pillowcase

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Investing in a silk pillowcase for your beauty sleep is one of the best decisions you can make and one that your skin and hair will thank you for, but then rises the question how to clean silk pillowcase?

Silk pillowcases are great for reducing hair frizzing and breakage in the mornings, acne, and reducing wrinkles and morning creases that your normal pillowcase leaves on your skin after sleeping.

Silk pillowcases eliminates or at least significantly reduces all these problems due to silks natural properties. Silk is smooth so there’s no friction between your hair or skin and the pillowcase, it’s breathable and it moisturizes your skin.

In order for your silk pillowcase to last long you need to pay special care when washing, drying, ironing the pillowcase, since it’s a delicate material it can get ruined easily, so we created this guide for you to follow when washing your silk pillowcase.

How to Clean Silk Pillowcase : Questions

So there’s a lot f questions around this topic, first of all

  • How often should you wash your silk pillowcase ?
  • What garments to use when washing silk pillowcases ?
  • Can you machine wash your silk pillowcase ?
  • How to hand wash your pillowcase ?
  • How to dry your silk pillowcase ?
How to Clean Silk Pillowcase

How often should you wash your silk pillowcase ?

You should wash your pillowcase for at least once a week if not every two or three days. Washing your pillowcase regularly helps removing dust and bacteria that sticks into the pillowcase which may lead to more skin problems if you expose your skin to it, so making a routine of cleaning your pillowcase regularly at least once a week can prevent or at least reduce a lot of your skin problems.

What garments to use when washing silk pillowcases ?

When choosing a detergent for your silk pillowcase make sure that you use a laundry detergent that does not contain enzymes or bleach as this will damage your silk pillowcase. Do not use chlorine bleach to clean silk; chlorine will damage the silk fabric.

We suggest using Ivory Snow Liquid Laundry Detergent since it’s one of the best detergents to use for silk products and many customers are happy with using it.

Can you machine wash your silk pillowcase ?

To answer this question you will first need to check the manufacturer if it’s safe to machine wash the silk pillowcase or not. Also the manufacturer will provide helpful tips on how to machine wash your silk pillowcase. 

In case the manufacturer doesn’t provide clear instructions on how to machine wash your silk pillowcase or you just want more tips here are some :

  • Use Delicate Cycle and mild detergent (such as Ivory Snow)
  • Do not use detergents that contain enzymes and brighteners
  • Use the shortest spin cycle In a top-loading machine, we strongly recommend using a mesh bag for extra protection (this step would not be necessary in a front-loading machine)
  • Always separate your colors

How to hand wash your pillowcase ?

Hand washing is the best option for washing your silk pillowcase, for that you will need to follow these steps :

  1. Silk shouldn’t be soaked too long so washing process shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes.
  2. Use a bowl or a clean sink and put liquid detergent designed for silk.
  3. Remember to use cold water.
  4. While washing only move from one side to the other, do not twist, ring, or pool as it might break the fibers.
  5. Rinse your silk pillowcase and remember to always  use cold water.
  6. For second rinse add a tablespoon of desolated white vinegar, it will help dissolve the outline traces.
  7. And then do a final rinse.

How to dry your silk pillowcase ?

For drying you should follow these tips :

  • Hang silk pillowcase to dry. The silk pillowcase will hold its shape.
  • As with any fine fabric, never use direct sunlight to dry silk clothing. Doing so can damage the silk fiber and fade the color. Wet silk may yellow in direct sunlight or on a radiator.
  • Don’t use a wooden drying rack, as the dyes & finishes can leave stains.
  • We do not recommend drying silk in a clothes dryer since it can damage silk in two ways: (1) excessive temperature and heat dulls the silk fabric and may also shrink it (2) friction with the dryer drum might cause yarn breaks or white streaks.

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How To Remove Sweat Stains From Pillowcases

To remove sweat stains from your pillowcase what you will need to do is :

  • grab 2 table spoons of water and a bottle of asprin, the asid in the asprin is what is going to break down the sweat stains, 3 asprins should do the job.
  • put the asprins into a bag and then smash them with a hammer or anything you can use.
  • you should smash the asprin until it’s in the powder form.
  • mix the asprin with the water
  • you can use a tooth brush to mix the asprin with the water because it does the job well
  • scrub the stain with the solution that you have made
  • let it set for 10-15 minutes before you start washing the pillowcase with the instructions above.

Credits to: essortment Youtube channel

How To Remove Hair Oil Stains From Pillowcases

To remove hair oil stains from pillowcases you should use backing soda instead of asprin, and follow the same steps, to pour the baking soda onto the stain to cover it, then let it set for 10-15 minutes and then start washing your pillowcase with the instructions and steps above.

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