By Crystal of Star and Crossbones
Last Updated on October 12, 2010
Our handwoven scarves are made with love and care, and happily, washing them is much easier (and faster, though your drying time will vary) than making them. ;) Your scarves will appreciate being washed with the same love and care that went into creating them — so here's how to do it!
Hand wash the scarf gently, or soak for 5-15 minutes, in lukewarm to cool water with mild detergent appropriate for delicates. You may gently push the scarf down into the water, but do not agitate the scarf — this may felt it, or damage the structure if the scarf is loosely woven.
If your detergent of choice requires rinsing, remove scarf from water and gently squeeze out excess water. Dump or drain soapy water, refill tub or sink with water of the same temperature, and then place the scarf gently back into the water. Do not run water directly over the scarf, as this will likely cause felting. Allow scarf to soak in rinse bath for 5-15 minutes (again, you may gently push it down into the water, but do not agitate it), then remove it from the water. Gently squeeze out excess water (do not wring), and lay scarf flat on a towel and reshape, or hang carefully to dry ... preferably away from the easy reach of sleepy people, cats, or children.
You may hand-wash 100% cotton, linen and/or synthetic fiber scarves using the method for wool, OR you may carefully machine wash your scarf inside a lingerie bag, with the machine on the gentle or delicate cycle. If you're feeling brave and maybe a little reckless, you can also machine dry your scarf, still inside the lingerie bag, on low heat. Hanging your scarf to dry or laying it out on a towel will most likely give your scarf a longer life, however.