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


Fill a basin with lukewarm water and mix in a few drops of silk detergent. Submerge the pajamas in the water and let them soak for 3 minutes. Use your hands to gently agitate and wash the pajamas in the water until all the dirt and stains have been removed. Rinse the silk pajamas under cold water and roll in an absorbent towel to remove excess water. Hang or lay flat on a drying rack to air dry. 


This is How to Wash Silk Pajamas: Step-by-Step Guide.

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Silk is a delicate fabric that must be washed using very specific and gentle methods. Our article How to Wash Silk Pajamas: Step-by-Step Guide will provide you with detailed instructions on how to wash silk pajamas by hand as well as how to wash silk pajamas in the washing machine


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Learn all the best practices for maintaining the look and feel of your silk pajamas by reading our step-by-step instructional guides. 

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How to Wash Silk Pajamas

Before washing silk pajamas it is absolutely critical to first check the care instructions and care label. If the pajamas are dry clean only, then take them to the dry cleaners and do not attempt to wash at home


If the care label allows for hand or machine washing, then proceed to carefully follow the step-by-step instructions below



How to Wash Silk Pajamas by Hand

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


To wash silk pajamas by hand you'll need: 


  • a basin, container, sink, or tub
  • silk detergent or detergent for delicates 
  • an absorbent towel 
  • silk pajamas 


Follow the instructions or watch the video below to learn how to wash silk pajamas by hand. 


1. Fill a Basin With Lukewarm Water


Fill a basin, container, sink, or tub with lukewarm water. The water temperature should not exceed 77°F or 25°C. If you put your finger into the water, the water should feel slightly warmer than room temperature.


2. Add Silk Laundry Detergent


Add silk detergent or detergent for delicates to the water. Read the label on the detergent bottle to ensure that you are adding the correct amount. Do not over pour or add more detergent than is necessary. 


3. Submerge and Soak


Submerge the pajamas in the water and leave them to soak for 3 minutes.


4. Agitate the Pajamas


Use your hands to agitate the pajamas in the water. Gently wash the silk pajamas to remove any dirt, scents, stains, or debris. Stirring the silk pajamas in the water helps to activate the detergent and clean silk more effectively.


5. Rinse the Pajamas with Cold Water


Once you are finished, rinse the pajamas under cold water until the soap has been completely removed and the water runs clear. 


6. Roll in an Towel


Lay the pajamas flat and evenly on an absorbent towel, and roll the towel up like a sushi roll. Apply pressure to the top of the roll to gently remove excess water from the silk fabric.  Do not twist, wring, or pull the pajamas. 


7. Air Dry


Take the pajamas to hang or lay flat on a drying rack in a cool place that is out of contact with direct sunlight


As a rule: Always air dry silk pajamas, and never ever put silk garments in the dryer. 



How to Wash Silk Pajamas in the Washing Machine

Silk pajamas can be machine washed in under 60 minutes, plus the time necessary for air drying.


To wash silk pajamas in the washing machine you'll need:


  • a washing machine
  • a mesh laundry bag
  • silk detergent or detergent for delicates
  • silk pajamas


Follow these step-by-step instructions or watch the video below to learn how to wash silk pajamas in the washing machine.


1. Check the Care Instructions


Before you attempt to machine wash your silk pajamas, you must first check the care label to make sure you are allowed to do so. If the care label on your silk pajamas says to dry clean or hand wash only, then do that.


Washing silk in the washing machine is more abrasive than hand washing or dry cleaning silk, so be sure to double check the care label on the garment first. 

2. Separate the Laundry


Your silk pajamas should be washed together with other silk or delicate fabrics. Do not place your silk pajamas into the same wash cycle with jeans, heavy clothing, or clothes with zippers and ornaments.


3. Use a Mesh Laundry Bag


Turn your silk pajamas inside out and then place them into a mesh laundry bag, and put it into the washing machine. The mesh laundry bag works to protect the silk fibers from damage and abrasion.


4. Add Silk Detergent


Add silk detergent or detergent for delicate fabrics. Never use a general purpose detergent or bleach to wash silk. Use the correct amount as specified on the detergent's label, and do not over pour. 


5. Use the Delicate Setting


Adjust the settings on your washing machine to the delicate setting as well as the shortest rinse duration possible.


6. Wash in Cold Water


Adjust the washing machine to the cold water setting. Never wash silk with hot water. 


7. Air Dry


Take your pajamas to a cool area out of contact with direct sunlight to hang or lay flat on an indoor drying rack. Always air dry silk, and never put your silk clothing in a dryer machine.



How to Get Stains Out of Silk Pajamas

If you happen to get a stain on your silk pajamas the most important thing to do is to act fast. Acting quickly after a stain has occurred can greatly improve the results when trying to get the stain out. Use an absorbent towel or fabric to dab the stain as opposed to rubbing the stain.


You can also make a water based cleaning solution made of one part lukewarm water and one part either white vinegar or lemon juice. Apply this mixture to the towel and use it to dab the stain on your silk pajamas once again.

Once you have dabbed the stain to the best of your ability, hand or machine wash the pajamas to finish the stain removal process.

If a grease or oil stain has occurred on your silk pajamas, use use an absorbent powder such as talcum powder, baking soda, or cornstarch to remove it. Put the powder on top of the stain, and place a heavy object such as a book on top of the powder to sit overnight.


How to Iron Silk Pajamas

To iron silk pajamas you must first turn the pajamas inside out so that you are ironing from the dull backside of the garment. Set the iron to the lowest possible heat setting, or if your iron has a silk setting, use that.


Use a spray bottle filled with water to add moisture to your pajamas. Never iron silk pajamas while they are dry. After the pajamas have become slightly damp, place a cotton pressing cloth such as a bandana over top of the area you wish to iron. Never place a hot iron directly onto silk fabric.


Proceed to hand press the iron down atop the areas you wish to remove wrinkles from. Do not slide the iron around. Briefly press the iron down, lift, and repeat.


Learn the complete step-by-step process by reading our full article on How to Iron Silk Pajamas


Related: How to Get Wrinkles Out of Silk


How to Wash Silk Pajamas FAQ

Can you wash silk pajamas?

Yes, you can wash silk pajamas. Check the care instructions on your silk pajamas to see if they are required to be dry cleaned, machine washed, or hand washed.

Does silk shrink?

Yes, silk can shrink, although it should never be allowed to. In order for silk to shrink it must be placed in hot water or on a tumble dry high cycle in the dryer, although neither of these things should ever happen. Silk cannot go in the dryer and silk should never be washed with hot water, therefore, your silk should never shrink.

Can you put silk pajamas in the dryer?

No, you cannot put silk pajamas in the dryer. Putting silk pajamas in the dryer will cause irreparable damage to the silk cloth. In addition to being damage, silk will shrink in the dryer as well. Avoid putting your silk in the dryer. 

Can you hand wash silk pajamas?

Yes, you can hand wash silk pajamas. Fill a basin with lukewarm water and add silk laundry detergent. Submerge your pajamas in the water for 3 minutes, and then proceed to use your hands to agitate the silk in the water. Once finished, run under cold water until all the soap is washed out and take to dry in a cool place out of direct sunlight.

How often should you wash silk pajamas?

Silk is delicate and often expensive, which means you should avoid washing your silk pajamas too frequently. In order to keep your silk pajamas clean you should avoid wearing deodorants or body sprays when you wear silk. You should also try to avoid eating messy and greasy foods while wearing silk pajamas to decrease the risk of staining them. If you are planning to wear your silk pajamas after showering, you should also make sure you dry yourself thoroughly first.