Retaining the richness of silk sarees is a task one needs to perform meticulously. Check out this step-by-step process on how to wash and store your silk sarees.
Prep work. Fill a tub with cold water and wash a silk saree in it for two or three minutes without any detergent. Then, add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and let it rest for 10 minutes. Again, wash the saree under cold water until the smell of vinegar is washed off.
Mixture. Take another tub full of water, add a teaspoon of fabric softener (suitable for silk) and a few drops of baby shampoo to it. Wash the saree in it and rinse again with cold water.
Last move. Squeeze the saree gently without twisting or wringing to drain the water. Never dry a silk saree under direct sunlight.
Store it. It’s alright to iron a silk saree while it's still a bit damp. Start with ironing the insides but first test on a small patch. After it is completely dry, wrap the saree in a muslin cloth and store it in a dark place.