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Silk is a delicate, protein-based fabric that requires special care, including using silk-safe detergents.
Regular detergents can damage silk as their higher pH levels strip silk of its natural proteins.
The ideal silk detergent, like Blissy Wash, is pH-balanced and free of harsh chemicals to maintain the fabric's luster.
Use a mesh laundry bag and gentle cycle in cool water when machine washing silk.
What Is Silk and Why Does It Need Special Care?
Silk is a natural protein fiber that comes from the silkworm Bombyx mori. It's known for being strong, smooth, and very lustrous, which is why it's often used in high-end clothing and accessories.
Silk pillowcases and silk bedding are becoming increasingly popular, as they provide many benefits for both sleep and beauty. Although strong, silk is a delicate fabric, and it needs to be treated with care in order to prevent damage.
Can I Machine Wash Silk?
For a long time, machine washing or even hand washing silk was a total no-no and a quick way to ruin your expensive silk garment. Taking your silk fiber item to the dry cleaner was thought to be the only safe way to get it clean.
Luckily, nowadays you can find silk that is machine washable. Which is fabulous because who has time to go to the dry cleaner?
But word to the wise—even though silk is machine washable, that doesn't mean it's a total free-for-all in your laundry room when you wash your silk. You should take special care when you machine wash your silk:
- Avoid fabric softener
- Avoid chlorine bleach
- Use cool water
- Make the right detergent choice
Why Use Silk Detergent?
Silk is also a delicate fabric, so it needs to be handled with care to avoid damage.
Why can't I use regular detergent?
Using a regular laundry detergent on silk can cause damage to the fabric. That's because most laundry detergent you find contains powerful cleaning agents formulated for use on cotton or synthetic fabrics.
Cotton is a rugged fabric that can withstand all sorts of harsh chemicals and battery in your washer and dryer.
Depending on the synthetic fabric, it may or may not be able to withstand a lot—but it's not as important to care for delicate items made from synthetic fabrics as it is with silk as synthetic fabrics are cheap and replaceable.
Silk on the other hand is a luxurious fabric that is not as easily replaceable.
Silk's natural fibers respond differently to washing than cotton and synthetic fabrics do. That's why it's important to use a silk-specific detergent with a neutral pH when washing silk items.
What's the Difference Between Silk Detergent and Regular Detergent?
The main difference between silk detergents and regular detergents is the pH level. Regular detergent has a higher pH level, which can strip silk of its natural proteins and cause it to break down over time. Silk detergent has a neutral pH level, which is gentle on both delicate silk, silk wool, and your skin.
How Do I Pick the Right Silk Detergent?
The best detergent for silk is designed specifically for silk fabrics. It's usually pH-balanced and doesn't contain any harsh chemicals or fragrances that could strip silk of its natural proteins.
When shopping for silk detergent, look for a product that's specifically designed for silk and other delicate fabrics like wool. A gentle silk wash is especially important if you have sensitive skin.
Can I Use Wool Detergent When Washing Silk?
Wool detergent can be used on silk, but it's important to choose a product that is designed for both silk and wool. A wool-specific detergent may be too harsh for silk fabrics.
When in doubt, always err on the side of gentleness when washing silk. A silk-specific detergent like Blissy Wash Luxury Delicate Detergent will usually give you the best results.
Why Is pH Balance Important for Silk?
The pH level of a detergent is important because it determines how acidic or basic the solution is. A neutral pH level is around 7, which is neither acidic nor basic.
A silk garment should always be washed in a detergent with a neutral pH level. This will help preserve the silk fabric and prevent it from breaking.
Are All Silk Detergents Created Equal?
There are many options for silk fabric wash and gentle detergent out there. But which one is the best detergent for silk?
If you are looking for a mild detergent to wash silk pillowcases, silk sleep masks, or other silk bedding, Blissy Wash is the ideal choice. Blissy Wash is a liquid laundry detergent free of caustic chemicals that is specially formulated to maintain the luster of your silk and other protein-based fabrics.
It may be used for machine washing or to hand wash silk. It's naturally scented with lavender essential oils, so it doesn't include any synthetic fragrances that could irritate sensitive skin.
Blissy Wash is a delicate wash that will remove stains and keep your silk fabric looking and feeling new. Plus, it's gentle enough to use on other delicate items such as lingerie, swimwear, activewear, and more.
Whether you are new to silk or a seasoned silk lover, Blissy Wash is the best choice for keeping your silk fabrics looking beautiful wash after wash.
What are the Benefits of Using Blissy Wash?
There are many benefits to using Blissy Wash Delicate Detergent, including:
- It's gentle on silk fabrics
- It won't cause colors to run
- It has a neutral pH level, which is ideal for silk garments
- It leaves your silk items feeling soft and looking shiny
- It's made with natural plant-based ingredients
- It's hypoallergenic and non-toxic
- It's biodegradable
- It can be used in your laundry machine or for hand washing
- It leaves your silk items smelling like calming lavender
How Do I Use My Silk Wash?
Using Blissy Wash is simple and the best option for keeping your silk looking lustrous and smooth for years to come.
Machine washing with Blissy Wash
- For best results, place your silk items in a mesh laundry bag. Silk items should be washed separately from abrasive garments like denim, towels, or any garments with hooks, zippers, or other hardware.
- Add cap full of liquid to your machine's detergent dispenser. If your machine doesn't have a dispenser, we recommend mixing the detergent with the water first, then adding your items in. Don't pour detergent directly on the dry silk.
- Wash your silk garments on the delicate cycle or gentle cycle in cool or cold water.
- Hang silk items to dry (or lay flat on a mesh drying rack). Do not put silk in the dryer, as this can damage the fabric.
How to hand wash silk with Blissy Wash
If you only have an item or two like a silk pillowcase and some scrunchies, hand washing may be the most convenient option.
- Start by adding 2 tablespoons of gentle silk wash to a sink or basin of cold water.
- Gently swirl the silk around, taking care not to rub or wring it.
- Rinse the silk thoroughly in cool water
- Gently squeeze out any excess water. Place the item on a dry towel and gently roll it to further extract excess moisture.
- Hang the silk item to dry (or lay flat on a mesh drying rack).
How to iron silk
If you need to iron your silk pillowcase or other item, set your iron to the silk setting and make sure there is no steam. Place a silk-safe pressing cloth over the item, then iron until wrinkle-free.
Frequently Asked Questions About Silk Care
Silk care can seem complex due to its delicate nature. Here, we'll answer some of the most frequently asked questions to help you wash silk pillowcases, silk garments, and silk bedding effectively, while minimizing skin irritation.
How do I wash silk items?
You can either machine wash or hand wash silk. For machine washing, place your silk items in a mesh laundry bag, use a silk or wool detergent, and wash on a delicate cycle in cool or cold water. For hand washing, fill a basin with cold water, add a silk or wool detergent, and gently massage the silk items. Rinse thoroughly in cold water. Hang the items to dry away from direct sunlight.
Can I wash silk pillowcases and silk bedding in the same way?
Yes, you can. Use a silk detergent like Blissy Wash and wash in cool or cold water. A delicate wash in cold water can effectively remove stains from silk pillowcases and silk bedding, keeping them looking fresh and new.
Can I use a wool detergent to wash silk?
Yes, you can use a wool detergent to wash silk items. In fact, some products such as the Heritage Park Fine Silk & Wool Detergent are specifically designed to be suitable for both silk and other natural fibers. However, Blissy Wash Luxury Delicate Detergent is the best choice, as it is specially formulated to maintain the softness and luster of silk for years to come.
What kind of detergent should I use to wash silk?
We recommend using a silk-specific or wool detergent to wash silk items. Products like Blissy Wash are formulated for silk care. Alternatively, you can use a mild, fragrance-free detergent suitable for delicate fabrics.
Can I use white vinegar to wash silk?
Yes, you can use a few drops of white vinegar along with your detergent when washing silk. This helps to maintain the luster of your silk items. Make sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid any lingering vinegar smell.
Is it safe to use silk or wool detergent in greywater systems?
Most silk or wool detergents are designed to be biodegradable and safe for even grey water systems. However, always refer to the safety data sheet of your chosen product or consult with an independent laundry detergent company to be sure.
What's the best way to dry my silk items after washing?
Air drying is recommended for silk items. Avoid direct sunlight as it can fade the color of your silk. Don't wring out the silk; instead, roll it gently in a towel to remove excess water before hanging or laying flat to dry.
By following these step-by-step instructions, you can keep your silk items looking luxurious and feeling soft, extending their lifespan significantly.
Main Things to Remember When You Wash Silk
- Silk is a delicate fabric that requires special care when washing and ironing.
- The ultimate luxury laundry detergent for silk is Blissy Wash.
- When washing silk in the laundry machine, be sure to use a mesh bag.
- Take care to not wring or rub silk items when washing them.
- When ironing silk, use a silk-safe pressing cloth and the silk setting on your iron.
If you follow these simple tips, you'll extend the life of your silk. Your silk pillowcases and other items will look just as shiny and smooth as the day you bought them!