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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!


test your soapSilk 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.




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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.

1 comment

  • by Andrews

    I have an 80 inch scarf to wash and dry. Can I fold it to dry it?

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