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How To

How-To | Wash Your Silk, Synthetics and More

Jun 10, 2014

W.I.Y. Wash It Yourself

Give your silks and delicates the full treatment without leaving your home. Use our expert combination of products and techniques to help your garments get from grim to gorgeous with ease - all while improving their longevity.

Grab Our Top Tools:

Delicate Wash, Stain Solution, Wash & Stain Bar

Add These Optional Items:

Delicate Spray, Scented Vinegar, Stain Brush, Mesh Washing Bag

And Follow Our Simple Steps to Stunning:

Treat it Well:
Pretreat all stains with The Laundress Stain Solution or The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar and presoak for most effective stain removal.

Get Hands On:

  • To wash, simply submerge item(s) in a cool water bath with 2 capfuls of The Laundress Delicate Wash.
  • Use your hands to agitate the water and detergent.
  • Soak for ½ hour (do not soak silk for longer).*
  • Rinse well, running room temperature water until soapy water is gone.
  • Do not wring; press the water out of the item instead.

Expert Tip: *Do not panic if you see color in the water. This is normal and it is simply the yarn dye releasing color. You will not notice any loss of color in the end.

Make the Most of Your Machine:

  • If you want to machine wash, make sure you change the setting to delicate cycle and add the appropriate amount of The Laundress Delicate Wash in the machine.
  • Turn item inside out, place it in The Laundress Mesh Bag and wash.
  • Remove from the washer immediately to reduce creasing and do not put in the dryer!

Hang It Out to Dry:

  • Lay item flat on a drying rack or towel, or hang to dry.
  • Use a garment steamer to remove wrinkles.

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The Laundress Product of Perfection


Unlike Woolite, The Laundress Delicate Wash contains special enzymes that remove perspiration, oil, and buildup, while remaining safe on silks. Specifically formulated with cleaning enhancers and color guard, it maintains the cleanliness and color saturation of your favorite garments.

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Wash & Stain Bar
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