How to Wash Silk Pillowcases

How to Wash Silk Pillowcases

How to Wash Silk Pillowcases

Silk pillowcases can sustain either hand or machine washing. In both cases only cold water should be used. If machine washing your silk pillowcase use a gentle cycle and preferably place the pillowcase in a mesh bag. This will protect it from being torn by sharp articles like zippers.

If hand washing a silk pillowcase use a gentle touch with no twisting or wringing of the material. Silk is strong when dry but weaker and more vulnerable when wet. This is the best way to wash silk pillowcases.

Washing Silk Pillowcase also depends a lot on the quality of the pillowcase. A high quality 100% mulberry silk pillowcase of 19 momme should allow you to wash the pillowcase regularly without issue.

Be aware lower quality silk pillowcases may deteriorate rapidly under these conditions and it is a good idea to trust the silk pillowcase seller as it is often hard for the untrained eye to determine the thickness and quality of silk.

Below we provide full washing instructions for silk pillowcases.

How to Wash Silk Pillowcases & Silk Pillowcase Detergent

How often should you wash silk pillowcases

In normal situations it is best to wash your silk pillowcase weekly with your other bed linen. If you are suffering from acne or use a lot of products on your skin before bed then washing more regularly can be advisable.

Where possible it is best to have several silk pillowcases to ease the load on washing. As genuine quality silk cases can be expensive this is not always possible so you may need to time your laundry days to ensure your pillowcase is always clean and dry.

Silk Pillowcase Detergent

The best laundry detergent for silk pillowcases are gentle detergents like a wool wash to protect the fibres. Tough detergents will leave the silk tough and scratchy defeating the purpose of purchasing a silk pillowcase. If you have bought your silk pillowcase especially to assist with dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis then you should also ensure you use a hypoallergenic washing liquid.

When using a washing machine use your normal does of detergent per load. If washing in a sink then use roughly one teaspoon per basin.

How to remove stains from Silk Pillowcase

We dont only buy silk pillowcases for their wonderful health and anti aging benefits. They are add an eloquence to any bed room. Stains caused by face creams, oils or simply sweat can ruin this appearance.

To remove stains it is best to work a tiny amount of detergent into the stain with your fingers. Allow the detergent to do its work for about 15 minutes before proceeding to wash the case.

It is important to avoid using stain removers that may contain bleach. Bleach can be harmful to silk fibres and may cause yellowing and breakage of the fibres. Chlorine bleach in particular can actually dissolve silk fibres completely.

Gentle is the key when learning how to get stains out of silk pillowcase.

Can you put silk pillowcase in the dryer

No the heat will damage the delicate silk fibres. In an absolute emergency you can use the airing setting for about 15 minutes but you will be shortening the life of your silk pillowcase.

It is best to air dry your clean silk pillowcase. In most situations this will not take long and is much better for the silk fibres.

How Often Should you change silk Pillowcases

This depends completely on the quality of the silk pillowcase you purchase. The best silk pillowcase Australia examples will usually last at least 2 years with constant use and careful washing. Some will last much longer.

The quality of the silk cannot be emphasised enough. For most people it is very hard to judge the quality of silk. Moreover it is very common for silk pillowcases of 12 or 14 momme to be passed off as 19 momme. The cost of producing these inferior silk pillowcases is of course much lower so more profitable for manufacturers but they will usually fall apart in a matter of months rather than years.

Should I Wash My Silk Pillowcase Before I use it?

This is a matter of personal preference and how much you trust the seller. In most cases much like other intimate items it is best to err on the side of caution and gently wash the case before use.

Can Silk Pillowcases cause acne

No is the answer to the question do silk pillowcases cause acne. if kept clean and well washed silk pillowcases will actually be better for acne prone skin than cotton pillowcases or satin pillowcases. The is because silk proteins are naturally anti bacterial. Less bacteria touching your face can only benefit acne outbreaks.

Silk Pillowcase Benefits

Silk pillowcases require an little extra care than cotton pillowcases so why go to this extra effort?

The key benefits of a silk pillowcase include -

  • Retains moisture in the skin to reduce wrinkle formation during your beauty sleep
  • Frictionless, so they do not tear out hair or create hair loss while you sleep
  • The lack of friction also reduces frizzy hair in the mornings
  • Silk has both Anti Bacterial and Anti Fungal properties
  • Can provide relief to some skin conditions on the hair and skin


Why Consider the White Lotus Oxford Style 19 momme Mulberry Silk Pillowcase Australia?

White Lotus have been distributing silk pillowcases in Australia since 2007. During that time the quality of our silk pillowcases has never wavered. White Lotus is an Australian company that stands behind the products. The pillowcases are guaranteed 19 momme and last years unlike competitors imitations. Each case is in the oxford style which includes the extra layer of silk around the edges for a more luxurious look. Each case comes in a beautiful gift box ideal for a special someone.

Learn More

Shop the White Lotus Silk Pillowcase range
Discover our silk lined caps to retain the benefits of silk on your hair during the day
Learn more about how to tell if silk is real or not
Learn more about the research that has been done into the benefits of silk


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