How to get stains out of a silk dress

Updated July 05, 2018

Silk is such a delicate fabric that some people think it can't be cleaned at home. Dry cleaners can do the job for you, but if you need to use them on a regular basis, it can become expensive. There really isn't any reason why you can't remove a stain from silk yourself. You should, however, be careful washing it and follow the instructions to a tee.

Add a little Woolite to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes.

Fill the bathtub 1/4 of the way with lukewarm water while the Woolite is pretreating the stain.

Add 1/4 a capful of Woolite to the bathwater, as well as 2 tbsp of vinegar. Mix the bathwater slightly with your arm.

Place the dress in the water and swirl it around a few times. Don't leave the dress in the water any longer than 5 to 6 minutes.

Rinse the dress for 2 to 3 minutes under cold water.

Set your silk dress on a towel and roll it up. This will get the bulk of the water out.

Hang the dress up on a hanger near a heater so it will dry.


Don't sundry your silk dress. This will ruin the silk and cause the colours to fade. Don't wring out your dress by twisting it.

Things You'll Need

  • Woolite
  • Vinegar
  • Towel
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