How to Wash Silk Blankets

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Things You'll Need

  • Cool water

  • Mild laundry soap

  • White vinegar-1/4 cup

  • Washing machine with gentle cycle

  • Towels

  • Drying rack (optional)

  • Large container

  • Bathtub or another large container

  • Lukewarm Water

  • White vinegar- 2 to 3 tbsp.

  • Towels

  • Plastic drying rack (optional)


You can also hang the blanket to dry after machine washing, in a place out of the direct sunlight. A plastic drying rack is acceptable or any other clean object that doesn't produce heat.


Hand-washing should be reserved for smaller blankets that are easier to work with when washing and rinsing. Larger blankets can be difficult to rinse and rid of water.

Do not use detergents that contain enzymes or brighteners as these can damage the silk fibers.

Follow the care instructions that came with the silk blanket. Do not attempt to wash a blanket if the care label calls for dry cleaning. You may damage the item.

Do not dry the silk blanket in the direct sunlight as it can damage the fibers.

Do not use a wooden drying rack as the finish on the wood might stain the blanket.

Silk, a natural material made by worms, comes in a variety of types. However, all silks are lightweight, insulating materials. Due to their construction, people often choose silk blankets for their bedding. While this material may seem delicate, it actually possesses strong fibers that last many years if properly cared for.

Machine Washing Method

Step 1

Set your washing machine on a gentle or delicate cycle with a cool water setting for a large load. Add 1/4 capful of mild laundry soap per gallon of water.

Step 2

Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser to neutralize any left over soap residue and restore the silk's natural luster.

Step 3

Place the silk blanket into the water and push down to submerge. Allow the washing machine to complete its washing and rinsing cycles. Set the machine to do an extra rinse cycle.

Step 4

Remove excess water with a large towel or several towels by rolling the blanket into them. Lay the blanket on a clean, flat surface to naturally air dry.

Hand Washing

Step 1

Fill a large container with lukewarm water and add 1/4 capful of mild liquid laundry detergent for every gallon of water you use.

Step 2

Submerge the blanket in the water and swirl it around with your hand to wash. Allow the blanket to stay in the soapy water for two to three minutes.

Step 3

Rinse the blanket in a clean bathtub or another large container filled with clean, lukewarm water. Add 2 to 3 tbsp.of white vinegar to the clean rinse water to neutralize the soap residue. Do an additional rinse in clean, lukewarm water.

Step 4

Do not wring or squeeze the blanket. Roll it up inside of a large towel or several towels to aid in extracting the water. Lay the blanket flat on a drying rack, away from direct sunlight to naturally air dry.

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Cynthia Measom

Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.