How to Wash Satin Pajamas: Step-by-Step Guide

Wash satin pajamas by filling a basin with lukewarm water and adding in laundry detergent for delicates. Submerge the pajamas in the water and let them soak for 3 minutes. Use your hands to agitate the pajamas for another 3 minutes and then rinse with cold water. Roll the pajamas in a soft bath towel to remove any excess water, and air dry in a cool place out of direct sunlight. 

This is How to Wash Satin Pajamas: Step-by-Step Guide

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This article will give you step-by-step instructions on how to wash satin pajamas. 

Your satin pajamas are most likely made from either silk satin or polyester satin. The washing instructions in this article can be used with either polyester or silk satin.


Use these guides to ensure that you are using the proper care methods when tending to your satin pajamas. 

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How to Wash Satin Pajamas 

Hand washing is the best way to wash satin pajamas. It only takes approximately 10-20 minutes to properly hand wash your satin pajamas and is well worth the effort!

Always check the care label on your pajamas before attempting to administer any kind of care. If your pajamas indicate that they are "dry clean only," then take them to the dry cleaners and do not try to wash at home

To learn how to wash satin clothes or satin pillowcases, click on one of the links below. 

How to Wash Satin Pajamas by Hand

Hand washing is the best and most gentle way to wash satin pajamas. Hand washing satin is a simple process and can be done in 10 to 20 minutes, plus the time needed to air dry. 

Things You'll Need:

  • Laundry detergent for delicates 
  • A water basin
  • Lukewarm water
  • An absorbent towel 
  • Satin pajamas


  1. Fill a basin with lukewarm water no hotter than 77°F/25°C. If you put your finger into the water it should feel slightly warmer than room temperature. 
  2. Add laundry detergent for delicates into the water. If the pajamas are made from silk satin you may also choose to use silk detergent instead. Check the detergent's instructions to find how much liquid to add and do not use more than the suggested amount. 
  3. Submerge the pajamas in the water and leave them to soak for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Use your hands to agitate the pajamas in the water. Do this for another 2 to 3 minutes or until you feel that the pajamas have been adequately cleaned. 
  5. Remove the pajamas from the basin and rinse under cold water. Rinse until all the soap has been removed and the water runs clear. 
  6. Lay your pajamas evenly on top of an absorbent towel. Gently roll the pajamas in the towel (sushi roll style) to remove any excess water.
  7. Hang or lay flat to air dry. Be sure to store your pajamas in a cool, dark area out of contact with direct sunlight.

How to Wash Satin in the Washing Machine

Before washing your satin pajamas in the washing machine, you must first check the care label to see if there are any special care requirements. Be sure to follow any guidelines set forth by the instructions on the care label. 

Follow the steps below to wash satin pajamas in the washing machine

Things You'll Need:

  • A mesh laundry bag 
  • Laundry detergent for delicates 
  • A washing machine
  • Satin pajamas


  1. Sort the laundry and wash satin pajamas together only with other delicate fabrics. Sort your laundry by texture, color, weight, and fabric, and wash in groups accordingly. Do not over load the washing machine when washing satin.
  2. Turn the satin pajamas inside out
  3. Put the pajamas into a mesh laundry bag and place into the washing machine. 
  4. Add laundry detergent for delicates. If the pajamas are made from silk satin, you may also choose to use silk detergent instead. Refer to the detergent's instructions for the suggested amount to add. 
  5. Adjust the settings on the washing machine to: delicate/gentle, wash with cold water, and set to the shortest duration spin cycle possible
  6. Push start and let the washing machine do its job. 
  7. Once finished, remove the pajamas from the laundry bag and hang or lay flat to air dry Be sure to store the pajamas in a cool place out of contact with direct sunlight.

How to Get Stains Out of Satin Pajamas 

If a stain occurs on your satin pajamas, the most important thing to do is act quickly! Once a strain occurs, waste no time beginning to clean the stain off by getting a soft cloth, wetting it with water, and dabbing the stain

Stubborn stains can be removed from satin pajamas by using a water based cleaning solution that is one part water mixed with one part white vinegar or one part lemon juice.

Stains can also be removed from satin fabric by using an absorbent powder such as talcum powder, baking soda, or corn starch and leaving it on the stain overnight. This method is useful for trying to remove grease and oil stains from satin.

Continue reading: How to Get Stains Out of Satin

How to Iron Satin Pajamas

To iron satin pajamas you will need: an iron, an ironing board, a spray bottle, a pressing cloth, and clean satin pajamas.

Satin is a delicate fabric and in order to iron it you will need to set the iron to the lowest heat setting, and cover the area you wish to iron with a cotton pressing cloth. 

For a complete guide on the entire process please read: How to Iron Satin Pajamas.

How to Wash Satin Pajamas FAQ

Can you put satin in the washing machine?

Yes, satin can be placed in the washing machine as long as the proper guidelines are being followed. Satin, especially silk satin, is a very delicate and fragile fabric that needs to be cared for properly. 

How do you wash satin pajamas in the washing machine?

Satin pajamas should be turned inside out and placed into a mesh laundry bag before being washed in the washing machine. The satin should be washed on the delicate setting with cold water, and for the shortest time/rinse duration possible. 

Can satin pajamas go in the dryer?

Satin pajamas should not go in the dryer. Air dry your satin pajamas by hanging or laying them flat in a cool room, out of contact with direct sunlight. Putting your satin pajamas in the dryer is very risky and could possibly lead to damage. 

How often wash satin pajamas?

How often you wash your satin pajamas depends on how often you are wearing them and how dirty they have become. If you wear your satin pajamas to sleep every night, you may want to wash them 1 to 2 times per week. If you have sensitive skin or if you like to wear your satin pajamas throughout the day, you may wish to wash your pajamas after every other use.