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How to Wash Scrunchies: Best Practices for Silk and Other Materials
How to Wash Scrunchies: Best Practices for Silk and Other Materials

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Key takeaways:

  • Wash silk/delicate scrunchies by hand or on delicate cycle.

  • Machine wash cotton/polyester scrunchies on gentle cycle.

  • Use Blissy Wash detergent and mesh laundry bags for scrunchies.

  • Store scrunchies properly to prevent tangling and wear.


Love wearing your hair in a ponytail or bun? Hair scrunchies make it easy to keep your hair up and out of your face. But any of the following can take a toll on them:

  • Hair products, like hair shampoo or gel

  • Natural oils and sweat

  • Dirt and debris from outside

Oils, sweat, dirt, and other build-up can create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, leading to filthy, stinky scrunchies. So, how can you keep these hair accessories in good shape?

We'll walk you through how to wash scrunchies and dry them so you can use them again and again!

Washing/Drying Instructions for Different Scrunchie Material

Scrunchies are made of many different fabrics. Some, like silk scrunchies, need to be handled delicately. Others can go in with a regular load of laundry.

Here's how to care for these hair accessories depending on their material.

Remember to check labels or packaging for recommended care before you wash your scrunchies!

How to wash silk, satin, rayon, and velvet scrunchies

gently rub silk scrunchies with detergent for silk fabric

Wondering how to wash silk scrunchies or other delicate materials? Satin, velvet, rayon, and silk fabrics need careful handling to maintain their quality and shape.

Improper care can cause scrunchies made from these materials to:

  • Shrink
  • Wear out
  • Become discolored
  • or develop other problems

To wash these materials, follow the below steps for hand washing or machine washing. We recommend hand washing for delicate items like a silk scrunchie, although it is possible to machine wash them too, in a pinch.

Just follow these instructions to keep your delicate scrunchies in tip-top shape.

Scrunchie Hand Wash Instructions

If you have the time, we recommend you hand wash silk scrunchies and scrunchies made with other delicate materials. Especially if they have adornments, such as beading, rhinestones, or other fashion statement scrunchies.

  1. Add a few drops of gentle detergent to cold water or cool water in a sink or basin. (Avoid using hot water or warm water.)
  2. Hand wash by swishing the scrunchies around and massaging the suds through them for a couple of minutes
  3. Let the scrunchies soak for 10-20 minutes. Gently rub scrunchies again for a minute following soaking.
  4. Rinse hand-washed scrunchie thoroughly with cool water to remove residue
  5. To dry, place clean scrunchies flat on a clean towel, roll them up, and gently squeeze excess water. Lay washed scrunchies flat away from direct sunlight to let them air dry.

Scrunchie Machine Wash Instructions

  1. Place scrunchies in a mesh laundry bag to prevent damage if machine-washing silk fabric or other delicate material
  2. Machine wash on a delicate cycle in cold water using a gentle detergent like Blissy Wash. Avoid adding fabric softener.
  3. Remove from bag and lay flat away from direct sunlight to air dry. Avoid tumble drying, as heat can damage these types of fabrics and the elastic in the scrunchie.

Further reading:

How to wash polyester, cotton, spandex, and nylon scrunchies

the simple answer to washing cotton scrunchies

These kinds of fabrics usually don't need hand washing. You can put them in with other items you're washing on the delicate cycle to get them clean again!

Follow these steps for washing these kinds of materials:

  1. Place in a mesh laundry bag to keep them separate from other items in your machine
  2. Machine wash on gentle or delicate cycle using cold or cool water and a mild detergent
  3. Take them out of the washing machine and wring gently to remove excess water
  4. Place them flat or hang to air-dry
  5. If using a dryer, only use a low setting and dry for shorter periods, such as 20 minutes

Using Blissy Wash and Mesh Laundry Bags

Which detergent gets your scrunchies smelling fresh and looking like new? Blissy Wash offers an ideal detergent for washing delicates!

What about keeping these hair accessories safe in the wash? The Blissy Mesh Wash/Laundry Bag is the perfect solution! Let's explore these products in more detail.

Blissy Wash

This mild detergent is specially formulated for washing silk and other delicates. It can help hair scrunchies or other hair ties keep their original texture and shape—even after wearing them multiple times.

Trying to avoid harsh chemicals? Blissy Wash has a plant-derived formula that's free of parabens and phthalates. It's hypoallergenic and can be used with any skin type.

Looking for a gentle detergent with a natural scent? Blissy Wash has lavender essential oil to keep scrunchies smelling fresh and new!

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Blissy Mesh Laundry Bags

Worried about your scrunchies getting lost or damaged in your washing machine? Use Blissy Mesh Wash/Laundry Bags to keep them safe!

These bags are a great way to separate delicate hair accessories from other laundry items. They also have a Stay-Put Zipper Retention System that prevents the zipper from scratching your washing machine drum.

How do you use these bags? Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Put your scrunchies in the bag, then zip it shut
  2. Place the bag in your washer
  3. Run a gentle wash cycle with cold water and Blissy Wash
  4. Take the mesh bag out of the machine
  5. Remove your items and set them out to air-dry

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How Often to Wash Scrunchies

Not sure when it's time to give these hair accessories a cleaning? That depends on a couple of factors.

Frequency of use

  • Do you have a few scrunchies that you wear day after day? Then washing them once a week is a good idea.

  • Do you only wear them occasionally? You might just be able to wash them every couple of weeks or even once a month.

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Scrunchie material

What fabric are your scrunchies made of? Wash silk and other delicate fabrics every week or two to keep your scrunchies clean and in great shape. For other materials, like polyester or cotton, washing every few weeks is fine.

Smells or stains

But what if you have dirty scrunchies? If you notice dirt or stains—or if they're smelly—go ahead and wash them as needed.

How can you keep them fresh between washes?

If scrunchies are slightly damp from sweat, hang them in a well-ventilated area. Spraying a bit of fabric freshener on them might also help—but avoid doing this with any materials that might stain.

Additional Care Tips: Storage

soft silk scrunchie storage

Where do you put your scrunchies when you're not wearing them? How you store scrunchies is the key to preventing wear and tear, so they stay in shape. And you also don't want them getting all tangled up.

Follow these tips to store your scrunchies:

  • Put them in a separate bin or holder away from other accessories

  • Store them in a drawer or closed bin to keep dust away

  • Keep Blissy Scrunchies in the stylish box they come in!

Choose Blissy for Optimal Care!

Your favorite scrunchies deserve the best care, whether made of silk, satin, cotton, or nylon. That's what you can give them with Blissy Wash and Blissy Mesh Wash/Laundry Bags. Make Blissy a part of your hair accessory care. And consider adding Blissy Silk Scrunchies to your collection!

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  • Dalal, U. (2023, September 16). How to wash hair scrunchies. https://www.bebeautiful.in/all-things-hair/everyday/how-to-wash-hair-scrunchies
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