Silk pillowcases and sheets do not come cheap. It must be worthwhile for it to be regarded a worthwhile investment, and you want to ensure that it is by properly caring for it.

However, we might occasionally do more harm than good by overlooking certain behaviors and routines, which shows up on the sheets.

You will learn about all of the things that are destroying your silk bedding in this piece and what you should do instead.

Amber blaze silk close up

How You are Ruining Your Silk Bedding

Now, lets look at some of the unintentional ways you are ruining your sheets.

1. Using the wrong detergent.

As simple as it may appear, it is quite significant. The washing process is invariably what determines the harm done to the silk; you just want to make sure it is done correctly and with care. Commercially available detergents are typically far too harsh for the delicate nature of silk.

Detergents may contain laundry enzymes, which do an excellent job of breaking down protein-based stains. However, silk is a protein-based fabric in and of itself, and regular washing with this type of detergent may cause the structure of the silk to break down. Instead, use a light detergent that is pH-neutral, enzyme free, and formulated for silk.

Read more about how to wash your silk bedding here.

ecover washing liquid is best for for silk

2. Washing in the wrong cycle.

Wash silk on a gentle cycle in cool water, as ordinary cycles can be too harsh on silk fibers, and hot water can also be detrimental.  In essence, washing silk requires thought and care.

3. Throwing your bedding right in the machine.


This is an absolute no-no. Stop doing that since placing your silk pillowcases and sheets in the laundry in this manner might cause the delicate fabric to tug and grab at the objects within, such as metal burrs and the like. Instead, turn the pillowcases inside out and place them in a washing mesh bag. This should be  done for each individual silk large items.

machine washing silk pillowcases

4. Putting silk sheets in a hot dryer.


This is when things start to get interesting. What do you do after you've washed? It is preferable to dry your silk sheets indoors or outdoors, away from direct glare of the sunlight. It should be dry in a couple of hours, but don't put it in the dryer because heat can damage the delicate fibers of silk. If you do use a dryer, make sure it's set to no-heat.

5. Neglecting to groom.


You probably didn't realize that improper personal hygiene may cause your silk sheets to deteriorate. Silk can be torn and snagged by dry skin, stubble, long or jagged toenails, and callused feet. Thus, you should develop the practice of maintaining your toenails and perhaps your general health.

6. Sleeping in your makeup.


Before going to bed, wash off whatever makeup you have on and give any nighttime care products time to absorb and seep through.

7. Not treating stains right away.


Prepare to treat stains as soon as possible, especially blood stains. If you leave or ignore these stains on your bedding, they will set in and become more difficult to clean. In general, rinsing with warm water and washing as usual will remove the bulk of stains.


The bottom line is to make the most of whatever is beneficial for you. You must be willing to put up the same amount of work because else, you will no longer recognize the goodness in that thing. This goes great with silk bedding or even accessories like silk scarves, bonnets, scrunchies, and all that jazz!

There are no two ways about it: you must put in a lot of thought and care when it comes to getting the most out of them. Silk is a valuable investment if and only if it is preserved, therefore avoid doing things that could potentially ruin it and handle it with care and delicacy.

See our post on how to hand wash your silk pillowcases.

January 08, 2024 — Michelle Fletcher Smith