How to Wash a Scarf

how to wash a scarf



When you invest in a good scarf – or find a favorite scarf
that you love – you must properly care for it to get
many years of good use from it.

Keeping your scarf clean is one way to prolong its life. If
your scarf has special washing instructions on the label, be
sure to always follow them.

If the label says the scarf is machine washable, it’s most
likely safe to use the washing machine, though hand
washing is always better for the fabric.

Even if a scarf’s label says you can use a dryer, remember
that air drying is a much more gentle method.


How to hand wash your scarf in nine easy steps:

  1. Fill a sink or large bowl with cool water.
  2. Add a small amount of mild detergent to the water and create suds.
  3. Submerge your scarf fully in the water. Knead and squeeze it through the suds until it’s totally wet.
  4. Let the scarf sit in the water for around 15 minutes.
  5. Drain or pour out the water.
  6. Rinse your scarf by holding it under cool tap water. Squeeze and run it under the faucet until the water runs clear through the scarf and there are no suds left.
  7. Squeeze water out of your scarf – be gentle! Don’t wring the fabric too hard.
  8. Lay your scarf on a towel and roll the towel; this will eliminate a good amount of dampness so it can dry.
  9. Unroll the towel and lay your scarf on a dry towel to completely dry. Never hang a scarf to dry – this could damage its fibers!


Silk is a delicate and expensive fabric that is prone to snagging, and its dye will bleed in water. To avoid damaging your silk scarf, never clean it in a washing machine. Instead, follow these easy instructions.



washing scarves






Add a few drops of
soap to lukewarm
water. Adding a
small amount of
table salt will
help prevent dye from running.
Swish the scarf
around for about
five minutes.
Gently knead and
rub the scarf in
the water.
Rinse the scarf
under cool and
clean water until
the water runs clear.
Fill the sink or container
with cool water and
add a small amount
of distilled white vinegar. Submerge
the scarf.
This will remove soap residue and keep the
silk shiny.
Rinse the scarf under cool, clean water until all soap and vinegar is removed.


taking care of scarves










Squeeze out excess
water gently. Do not
wring the fabric –
this will damage the
silk’s fibers!
Dry your scarf by
laying it flat between
two towels. Don’t let
layers of a colorful
scarf touch; this could
lead to dye transfer.
Remove wrinkles while
the scarf is still wet
by using an iron on
a low setting. Lay the
scarf flat to dry.



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Published on January 25th, 2012 by Scarves Dot Net

5 thoughts on “How to Wash a Scarf

  1. Hello! Okay so I need help I am collecting scarfs I have about 18 and I need to clean some remove fuzzy balls and stuff but I don’t know what type of fabric they are made out of and Im scared because I don’t know how to wash them please please help I want to learn how to wash each of them and sort them out by fabric and knowing the type of fabric of each

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  3. I received a silk scarf from my uncle approximately 60 yrs ago….I have never worn the scarf. It has been in a cedar chest since that time, as my mother would not let me wear it as a child and as an adult I didn’t want to ruin it. I am looking to hang it on the wall and it needs to be cleaned before I frame it and need to know if your instructions to clean it (since it is 60 years old) are safe for the age of the silk to use. Thank you. I will not do anything until I receive a response from you via email. Thank you for posting the instructions for cleaning a silk scarf.

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