How to Wash Silk Pajamas
Washing silk pajamas requires a delicate balance of care and attention. The washing method depends on the type of silk, but specific instructions are usually included with the item. Some are machine-washable, though it’s advisable to use a cold water delicate cycle. Some silk pajama sets even come with a mesh wash bag, similar to the ones you might use for bras and underwear. Others require hand washing, which you can do over the sink. In each case, the silk pajamas should be hung to dry. Especially delicate silk pajamas may require dry cleaning, which means you’ll likely only wear them for special occasions, like when you travel, have a date night or are enjoying a sleepover with girlfriends.
If you want to spot treat silk pajamas because of a pesky wine or coffee stain, for example, soak the piece in lukewarm water with a delicate detergent for about half an hour. Stir the water gently with your hands to make sure the detergent works its way into the fibers. You can rub a stain lightly in the soap water, but don’t be too vigorous as this can damage the material. Once done, rinse in cold water until you remove all the soap. Press out the excess water, but don’t wring the pajamas. Lay flat to dry, adjusting to the clothing’s natural shape.
Keep in mind that silk pajamas will likely dry wrinkled, which means you’ll need to either iron or, ideally, steam the pieces before hanging them back up or folding to put into a drawer. If the instructions suggest that ironing is OK, make sure to turn each article inside out first and use the lowest temperature possible.
Where to Buy Silk Pajamas
Silk pajamas are available from a variety of shops, some of which specialize in silk apparel, like Mommesilk and SilkSilky. You’ll also find silk pajamas at high-end department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. While you can find some 100% silk pajamas on Amazon, you’ll also find affordable sets that are made from silk satin or polyester with a silk-like feel at the retailer.
How We Chose the Best Silk Pajamas
We chose silk pajamas from some of the top apparel brands that make them, focusing on a range of styles, including both short and long pants, camisoles and tees, button-down or flat fronts and more. We included sets available at a variety of price points, so there are pajamas on this list made from silk-blend material that will save you some bucks while also providing a silky soft feel. All the silk pajamas we chose received rave reviews from customers. We also considered sizing, listing plus-size options, petite sizings and extra-long or short options to suit different body types. Most of the 100% silk pajamas we chose are made from mulberry silk, the most common type you’ll find. Some are also OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified to ensure that the items were not made using any toxic chemicals and were manufactured in ethical and environmentally friendly facilities.