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Article: How To Clean a Silk Scarf

How To Clean a Silk Scarf

How To Clean a Silk Scarf

Stained scarf got you down? We're here to help.

Today in the Skyler Blue lab, we tried 6 different spot removers to see which would work best to clean our silk scarves.

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1. Carbona Brand: Stain Devils and Laundry Stain Scrubber

First we tried “Stain Devils” from the Carbona brand. This product was perfect for wiping out dirt and self tanner stains on the scarf. However, when it came to ink, especially sharpie stains, “Stain Devils” did very little to restore the clean white patterns on the scarf. Next we tried “Laundry Stain Scrubber” from the Carbona brand. This product was amazing for removing dirt and food on the scarf but was only able to lighten the ink stain. 

2. Grandma's Spot Remover

Next up was “Grandma’s Spot Remover”. This was the most powerful of the batch, quickly and easily eliminating all types of stains. However, once again, remnants of the ink splotches remained on the scarves.

3. Garnier Micellar Water

This is where we had to get a bit creative. First we tried two different kinds of micellar water from the Garnier brand, Water Rose and the original formula micellar water. The results varied dramatically, most likely because the original formula’s main ingredients were Cyclopentasiloxane and Isohexdecane as opposed to the Glycerine in the Water Rose micellar water formula. Finally, we tried mixing vinegar, baking soda and micellar water. This created a magic solution that finally lifted these ink stains. 


So without further ado, here’s our tried and true scarf spotting method: 

You will need Garnier original Micellar Water, vinegar, baking soda, a toothbrush or cotton swab and, for best results, a bottle of Grandma’s Spot Remover. This can be purchased on amazon through the following link: Grandma's Spot Remover on Amazon

  1. In a large bowl mix 1/2 cup of micellar water with 1 tablespoon vinegar and one tablespoon baking soda.
  2. Optional: For best results, add Grandma’s Spot Remover to the stains and let it sit overnight.
  3. Next apply your mixture with a toothbrush or cotton swab, using circular motions to work the stain off of the silk.
  4. Lastly, wash the scarf with cold water, by hand or on the delicate setting in a washing machine. 
  5. Iron or hang dry and your scarf is good as new!

Have fun spotting and best wishes!

-SB Team

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