Washing and caring for your hijab may seem like something us hijabis have gotten down to perfection, but it’s easy to forget a few important tips. I put together a list of things you can do to take care of your scarves to maintain their quality, texture, and feel.
Here are some things I’ve learned over the years on how to keep your scarves feeling & looking as good as new!
1. Wash Hijabs Separately
One thing to always make sure you’re doing is not to wash your scarf with towels, coats, sweaters, and shirts. This especially goes for all those viscose scarves. What ends up happening is that the scarf can “capture” and stick on to a lot of the lint and particles that may shed from other clothing items.
Try to pile up your scarves separately and wash them together. If you don’t want to wash all your scarves separately, I’d recommend at the very least separating the more “delicate” scarves such as viscose, silk, or even jersey.
*Note : Wash with a chlorine bleach free detergent to maintain all colors/feel of your hijabs. Most mainstream detergents are OK to use (read the label if you are unsure).
2. Try Air Drying as Much as Possible
Air drying will make your scarves feel so much lighter, and is GREAT for the fabric. I personally almost always air dry my scarves, because they don’t take long to dry at all. Plus, they feel so soft afterwards.
Why do so many people prefer air drying their hijabs? A lot of times, scarves get “staticy” in the dryer and fabrics begin to stick together. If you notice your scarves doing this, try drying them over a door or outside, and see if it makes a difference.
*Note : If you do need to dry in a dryer, dry on the lowest possible cycle.
3. Wash Whites Separately
Wash your whites separately! One of the worst feelings is accidently finding your white hijabs in a load of clothes and seeing it change color. Make an effort to take the whites into a seperate pile and wash them all at once.
I normally don't separate the rest of my hijabs out by color. I take out the whites and do them at a different time. As long as the hijabs you own are secure in their color, it's okay to wash together. (If you're ever unsure, do a test run with a single scarf on a small load)
4. Iron on the Opposite Side of Designed Prints
If you own any Headed Somewear designs, make sure you’re ironing them on the reverse side to maintain the quality of the print. I normally go on high and iron, as long as I’m doing it on the opposite side.
It's good practice to actually apply this to not just all your hijabs, but all your clothes too. By ironing inside out, you keep the quality of the fabric on the front side, all the while getting rid of those wrinkles!
5. Store Your Hijabs Properly
It’s super important to store your hijabs in an area away from other clothes. You don’t want a zipper or button poking at your favorite scarf and ruining it. I personally have a drawer where I fold and keep all my everyday scarves. Some people recommend even dividing them up by material, but I have my malai lawns, viscose, jersey’s, and chiffons all in one place. I fold them neatly and they look & feel great!
What I do recommend is taking your evening/occasion scarves and keeping those separate. Having your more “delicate” scarves in a separate drawer, cubby, or closet is really helpful. You want to make sure your evening scarves last as long as possible, and since we don’t wear them too much, it makes sense to separate them out so they don’t roughen up by your everyday scarves.
I hope you found this list of tips beneficial! Taking care of hijabs can be easy, once you get the hang of it. These quick tips are bound to make sure your scarves make you look as amazing as you feel!