Maintaining your hijab is key when you want to walk outside with your head held high.
Wait a minute is that chocolate sauce I see on the edge of your scarf? I’m just kidding!
I remember when I was younger I would wash my scarves every night by hand and hang them to dry overnight.
As I got older and busier I figured I would just toss them in the washer and dryer and save myself some time.
Big mistake! In no time most of my scarves began to unravel or lose their shape/color/texture. The most annoying thing is when my Al-Amirah hijabs started getting little balls of lint all over.
I’m sure there are some really good fabrics that don’t get destroyed as easily, but from experience, how you wash them makes a huge difference.
Steps for keeping your scarves “Hijab Fresh”
1. Hand-wash all dark colored scarves in cool water and light colored scarves (white, cream, beige) in warm or hot water.
2. Use a gentle detergent (preferably unscented) or you can use baby shampoo.
3. Rub edges of scarf against itself to get out any stains or discoloration. You can also apply more detergent to those trouble spots as you do this.
4. Rinse thoroughly until water runs clear.
5. Air dry your scarf over a hanger or lay it flat on a table.
6. Your hijab should be wrinkle free, but if it’s not go ahead and iron it so you don’t have to stumble around in the morning looking for a scarf that doesn’t have a million wrinkles.