Fashion

Silk fabric care tips

Katie is wearing a navy, white and red statement polkadot maxi dress with spaghetti straps and an open back. The photos have been taken in Kew Gardens on a sunny day and she's surrounded by plants.

Silk is one of my favourite fabrics because it’s so lightweight and comfortable to wear, but so help me if I’m going to spend the time, money or energy dry cleaning it after every wear. So let me share with you my favourite tricks for keeping silk at its best between cleanings that’s also kinder to the environment: baking soda / bicarbonate of soda and air. 

Katie is wearing a navy, white and red statement polkadot maxi dress with spaghetti straps and an open back. The photos have been taken in Kew Gardens on a sunny day and she's surrounded by plants.

Baking soda: if my silk items have picked up an obvious smell (body odour, perfume, foods, etc.) then I’ll cover the affected areas with baking soda and let sit for 12-24 hours. If the smell is still there I repeat until it lifts. And because I’m frugal, I recover as much baking soda as I can to re-use another time. 

Air: if the garment hasn’t picked up an obvious smell (sometimes I find things kind of just smell like the outdoors) then I hang it up and air it out before hanging it in my wardrobe. Usually the smells disappear after a day or so. 

Dress: 2018
Bag: 2017
Shoes: 2018
Bracelet: 2015 / 2016

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