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How to Wash Scarves

Women's scarves add a stylish touch to your ensemble, and keeping them clean and well-maintained is an absolute must. They're exposed to sweat and oils from your skin and hair when resting on your head or around your neck. Cleaning this accessory regularly helps it stay in excellent condition longer. Here are some helpful tips for washing scarves.

Washing Tips

Follow the Instructions on the Tag

If your scarf comes with a fabric care tag, use the instructions provided to ensure that you're taking proper care of the fabric. Some scarves are machine washable while other materials require hand washing to prolong the life of the fabric. Some scarves can tumble dry while others need to be hung or laid flat.

Use a Laundry Bag or Pillowcase in the Washing Machine

If you're able to use a washer, make sure to separate each scarf from other scarves or delicates with laundry or lingerie bags. If you don't have a laundry bag, you can also use a pillowcase. Separating small items in the washer help prevent scarves from tangling and knotting with other accessories and small garments.

Hand Wash Scarves

Hand washing scarves will keep these accessories in excellent condition. Use cool or lukewarm water with a mild soap to soak garments of similar colors. After 10 to 15 minutes, drain the soapy water and rinse the scarves with cool water.

Use Salt to Prevent Colors from Fading or Running

Add a pinch of salt to soapy water to keep bright colors vibrant. With delicate fabrics like silk, the salt will also keep the dye from bleeding.

Drying Tips

Air Dry for Best Results

With delicate fabrics and hand knits like scarves, a dryer can be detrimental to the lifespan of the scarves. While many fabrics can withstand the heat and tumble of a dryer, allowing scarves to air dry will prolong their life. Hang them to dry or lay them flat.

Don't Dry in Direct Sunlight

Because scarves are often brightly colored fabrics, sunlight can fade the colors, so it's best to keep scarves out of direct light when storing or drying them.

Avoid Drying Scarves on Top of Each Other

Bright colors can bleed onto each other while drying, so keep scarves separate during the drying process. Separate by layering each one between towels, if necessary.