How to Wash Silk
Any harsh lye-based soap with a pH above 10 will destroy silk. Hand wash silk in a sink by gently swirling the clothes in cool water; never twist or wring silk.
A mild liquid castile soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s baby soap, is best for cleaning silk because it won’t strip the natural oils. On ATrueFind.com we sell a very mild, allergy-free laundry detergent that also works.
Shampoo–with its ability to remove body oils and neutral pH–can be a good choice for washing silk that has been stained; just a little dab is needed. Gentlly press water from the fabric after washing and hang the silk to dry.
Spot-clean with vinegar or lemon juice, but test for color fastness first.
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).