How to wash silk and delicate items

Hint: You don't need to send them to the dry cleaner.

After wool and cashmere, silk shirts are the garment that seems to cause the most confusion in the laundry. But that needn't be the case. Most silk and delicate items such as shirts and lingerie, including those made from lace or synthetics, can be washed in the machine at home on a gentle cycle using the Ms BROWN Delicate Wash. Not only is it extremely gentle on precious garments, the heavenly scent of Neroli essential oil will have you looking forward to your next delicate wash.


  1. Turn garment inside-out then place in machine, using a garment bag if you like. Avoid washing one garment alone if you can, firstly, it’s a waste of water and secondly, it’s better if the garment has something soft to bounce against as it goes around.
  2. Add Ms BROWN Delicate Wash to detergent section of machine, following directions on bottle, and press start.
  3. Once the cycle is finished, depending on your machine, you might need to remove excess moisture by lying your garment flat on a towel and rolling, like a sleeping bag, squeezing gently as you go. Gently pull your garment into shape, if required. Lie flat on a towel or rack to dry.


For anything that’s heavily beaded or you’re worried about it being spun out of shape, it’s best to hand wash using the below steps.

  1. Half-fill a bucket or the bathroom sink with tepid water. Add approximately one capful of Ms BROWN (more if item particularly dirty) Delicate Wash to the water and swish around to disperse detergent (our wash has excellent moisturising properties, so your hands will love it!)
  2. Immerse your garment in the water, gently swirling around for a moment, paying extra attention to any soiled patches like cuffs and armpits. Leave to soak for ten minutes or so, longer if it needs it.
  3. Empty the bucket and fill again with clean water, moving the garment around in the water to rinse off any excess product.
  4. When removing from water, gently press the item in a ball against the side of the bucket to remove moisture. Never wring the garment as it will stretch it out of shape.
  5. To dry, lie item flat on a clean towel and gently roll like a sleeping bag. You may need to repeat this process for a very thick or very wet garment. Gently pull your garment into shape and lie flat on a clean towel on a drying rack until dry. Always use a towel to prevent lines on the garment from the rack. So long as the garment isn't too heavy,  hanging a silk shirt on a soft hanger to dry, can also help it to fall nicely into shape and reduces ironing or steaming time.

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