How to wash a silk pillowcase - The ultimate guide to washing silk

How to wash a silk pillowcase - The ultimate guide to washing silk

Your Silk Care Guide

Here is your ultimate guide to Silk Care, with our top tips on how to make your silk pillowcase and accessories last for years to come. 
A couple of our most commonly asked questions are: 'how easily can I wash silk pillowcases?' and 'are your silk pillowcases machine-washable?', so here you will find our top tips on how to easily wash your mulberry silk pillowcases and silk accessories (and yes, our silk pillowcases are machine-washable!).

Mulberry silk is a delicate fabric and needs to be looked after carefully for long-term use. If looked after Our 100% silk pillowcases and accessories are crafted from the highest quality silk (grade 6A fibre) with a luxury thickness of 22 momme, which means that our silk is high-quality, durable and designed to last. Due to the quality of the silk we use, our mulberry silk pillowcases are machine-washable on a cool delicates wash. However, for best results we recommend hand-washing silk pillowcases when you can.

Key takeaways - how to a wash silk pillowcase 

  • Only use a silk-friendly detergent 
  • Do not use any bleach or fabric conditioner
  • Wash in cool water (30°C or below)
  • Hand-wash is best (but our silk pillowcases are machine-washable!)
  • Line dry and avoid any heat or sunlight when drying
  • To keep the silky feel, iron on a silk setting after washing

Silk care guide

Below you can find our step-by-step guides for both hand-washing and machine-washing your silk pillowcases, silk scrunchies, silk eye masks, silk headbands and silk face masks.

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How to hand-wash silk

Use the below instructions to hand-wash all silk items from our collection, including:

  • Silk pillowcases (although these are also machine-washable - see instructions below)
  • Silk eye masks
  • Silk scrunchies
  • Silk robes
  • Silk heatless curlers
  • Silk hair wraps
  • Silk headbands

Step 1

Immerse item for a couple of minutes in cold water with a few drops of silk-friendly detergent. Then rinse with cold water.

Step 2 (Optional)

Add a spoonful of distilled white vinegar to one litre of cold water and rinse the item to keep the silky sheen. To finish, rinse again in cold water.

Step 3

To dry, spread the item out on a towel and roll up gently to absorb excess moisture. Do not wring or twist the fabric.

Step 4

Dry flat or hang, avoiding direct sunlight.

How to machine-wash silk (silk pillowcases only)

Step 1

Turn your silk pillowcase inside out and place in a protective laundry bag.

Step 2 

Add a small amount of liquid, silk detergent (pH neutral).

Step 3

Wash on a cold, silk or delicates cycle at 30°C or below.

Step 4

Dry flat or hang to dry, avoiding direct sunlight. Do not tumble dry.

How do I remove wrinkles? Can you iron silk?

When your silk pillowcase is dry, it is likely that it will have a few wrinkles as this is standard with real silk. Our favourite way to get rid of these wrinkles and restore the pillowcase to its lovely shine is to use a steamer.

If you have a steamer, this is a great way to iron out any creases in the silk pillowcase.

Alternatively, you can iron the silk pillowcase while still damp using a low temperature silk setting. We recommend ironing through a damp cotton cloth or using the steam setting.

How to remove stains from silk

It happens to all of us - so what do we do if we accidentally stain our silk pillowcase or silk accessories? Here are our top tips on how to minimise the stain:

  1. Act Quickly: The sooner you address a spill, the better your chances of removing it completely.

  2. Blotting: Gently blot (don’t rub) the stain with a cold, damp cloth to remove as much of the spill as possible.

  3. Specialised Silk Stain Remover: For tougher stains, use a stain remover specifically designed for silk and make sure to follow their instructions carefully

  4. Natural Alternatives for Light Stains: For light stains, a mixture of lukewarm water and a few drops of mild detergent can be effective. Another option is to use a small amount of distilled white vinegar diluted in water. After applying the solution, rinse the area thoroughly with cold water. 

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We hope you found this guide on how to wash silk helpful! If you have any other questions please feel free to reach out to us at