How to clean a silk sleep mask

An investment beauty buy that can work wonders on the health of skin when worn regularly, a high quality silk eye mask should last for years. Of course, anything that is kept against your skin for long periods of time is subject to becoming dirty or stained over time. To ensure your silk eye mask remains soft and luxurious wear after wear, it’s important to know how to properly clean a silk sleep mask. 

A little more complicated than just putting it in the washing machine along with some fabric softener and washing detergent as you would with any other fabric accessory, the mulberry silk fibres that Gingerlily eye masks are made from require a little more care and attention. 

To learn more about the rules of caring for silk, and how to clean silk sleep masks to protect their luxurious properties, read our simple step by step guide. We’ve even answered some commonly asked questions to help clear up any confusion you may have about the care process for silks.

How often should you wash your sleep mask?

Unlike materials like linen, cotton and polyester mixed fabrics which are often used to make sleeping eye masks, silk has natural properties that are not only exceptionally good for your skin, but that also mean you don’t need to worry about washing your mask after every wear. 

Naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, silk has inbuilt defences against bacterial growth that reduce the need to wash often. Silk is also naturally non-absorbent, meaning all of the oils that your skin produces during the night to keep it moisturised and healthy stays exactly where it should be - on your skin. Wearing a sleep silk mask that naturally repels skin oils and sweat ensures protection against stains and damage that would otherwise occur in cotton alternatives. 

Overall, you need only wash your silk sleep mask when necessary such as when you discover small spots and stains. Not only will these infrequent washes increase the lifespan of your beautiful Gingerlily eye mask, but it's also a great way to protect the environment by saving water. Limit your washes even further by spot cleaning your silk eye mask to erase small marks and stains instead of washing the entire mask.

How do you hand wash a silk mask?

If you’re worried about how to clean your silk sleep mask without damaging the delicate fibers, simply follow our easy three-step hand washing guide. From washing to drying your mask, the entire process is short and simple and will leave your silk eye mask feeling as soft as ever.

  • Step 1 - Fill a basin with lukewarm water that is around 30 degrees. Never boil your silk eye mask as the high temperature will damage the material. Once you have the correct temperature, add some silk-safe detergent to the basin (follow the instructions on the bottle to determine how much to add).
  • Step 2 - Submerge your silk eye mask into the water and detergent mix and very gently wash with your hands. 
  • Step 3 - Once you’ve hand washed your silk eye mask, remove it from the basin to line dry. Do not tumble dry as this can create wrinkles and creases in your freshly washed silk, instead it is much safer to hang up your silk mask to air dry out of direct sunlight.

What detergent is safe for silk?

As mentioned above, the best method for cleaning your silk eye mask is with a mild detergent that has been specially formulated to protect the natural qualities of silk. Though it may be a tempting way to try and remove stains, you should never use bleach on your silk face mask. This is because bleach can inflict lasting damage on your silk eye mask by disintegrating the delicate fibers and causing the beautiful colour to fade.

When it comes to finding a good silk detergent to use, it’s a simple case of visiting your local supermarket and looking for mild detergents made for silk and other delicate materials. Alternatively, you can purchase Gingerlily’s own Liquid Silk Wash which has been made for the specific purpose of protecting the colour and softness of your Gingerlily silk products.

How do you soften silk after washing?

Washing your silk eye mask by hand is, as already mentioned, a simple three step process but, if you’re looking to return your silk to its original soft condition we recommend an additional fourth step.

  • Step 4 - Having made sure your silk eye mask has been given all the time it needs to completely dry, you can iron or steam your silk mask on a warm setting. If ironing, be sure to place your mask beneath a towel and iron over this to avoid burning the garment. Steaming and ironing your eye mask will help to restore the mulberry silk’s natural softness and ensure it stays gentle against sensitive skin.

Please note - Avoid the temptation to use fabric softener when washing your silk eye mask either in the washing machine or by hand, as it isn’t necessary and can harm the fabric.

Care for your silk sleep mask with help from Gingerlily

The collection of silk eye masks at Gingerlily are crafted with love and care and, if they continue to receive that attention from wear to wash, they are sure to last for years to come. 

Ensure the longevity of your silk eye mask with Gingerlily’s liquid silk detergent or, if you’re still yet to experience the luxury of sleeping with a silken soft eye mask, browse through our collection of beautiful silk sleep masks online.