As Muslim women, wearing a hijab is an integral part of our identity, and while we do wear our hijabs proudly, it's no secret that they can be hard to maintain. Not sure how to care for your hijabs? We got you!
In this blog post, we've compiled a list of tips to help you preserve the quality, texture and feel of your hijabs. These tips will guarantee that you look as great as you feel while wearing your hijabs!
Use a laundry bag to prevent ripping.
Laundry bags (or wash bags) are a must-have for anyone who owns a hijab. They serve as a protective layer and prevent the delicate fabric from snagging or tearing. To use one, place your hijab inside the bag, tie it off and throw it in your washing machine or dryer. You can find these bags at most grocery stores and pharmacies like Walmart or Amazon.
Wash your hijabs only when necessary.
Washing your hijabs too often can cause the fabric to wear out and fade faster, so it's best to wash them only when necessary.
- Wash your hijabs separately from other clothing. They are very delicate and can be damaged if they rub against other fabrics in the washing machine.
- Use mild detergents with little or no fragrance. The chemicals in these products may harm the fabric of your hijabs.
- Don't use hot water; this will shrink the garment and cause it to lose its shape over time and fade colors faster than expected.
- Don't dry hijabs in direct sunlight—it will damage them quickly and make them fade faster than usual!
To prolong the life of your hijabs, you can spot-clean them by using a mild detergent and water to remove stains.
Try hand washing instead.
There are several benefits to hand washing your hijabs. Here's how to do it:
- Place the hijab in a sink or basin full of cold water. Use the appropriate amount of mild detergent (you should use less than you would for regular laundry).
- Soak for about 15 minutes, then gently rub out any stains with your fingers until they disappear.
- Next, rinse thoroughly under running water, wring out excess moisture.
- Lastly, hang to dry in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight or artificial heat sources.
Pro-tip: Use eco-friendly detergents specifically designed for delicate fabrics. They are good for your hijabs and the earth.
Wash in cold water.
- Cold water is good for your hijabs. It's best to wash your hijab in cold water, as it's gentler on the fabric and will help it last longer.
- Cold water is better for the environment. Washing in warm or hot water uses more energy than washing in cold water, so you're helping the environment by choosing cold instead of warm or hot!!
- Cold-water washing can save you money on your utility bill at home—especially if you live somewhere that's not as warm!
- The same goes for laundry detergent: less soap means less chemicals going down the drain into our waterways (and back into us when we drink from them).
Rinse your hijabs with cold water. If you have a gentle detergent, use it on the scarf. Make sure to rinse the fabric well until all traces of the detergent are gone. This will prevent any stains from setting in and ruining your hijab.
All Fabrics are different.
When it comes to caring for your hijabs, it's important to remember that different types of hijabs require different types of care. For example, silk hijabs should be hand washed and hung to dry, while cotton hijabs can be machine washed on a delicate cycle. Likewise, polyester fabrics such as Chiffon are machine washable but should be washed in a gentle cycle.
Store in a cool, dry place.
For example, a dresser drawer is usually a good option for storing your hijabs. It's important to keep your hijabs organized, so you can easily find what you need.
Additional Tips & Tricks:
Ditch the Pins!
Pins make all the difference! Safety pins that are damaged or poorly made can snag and harm your hijab, while rusty or poorly made pins can stain it.
To prevent your hijab from snagging, holes or poking, opt for hijab magnets. They will keep your hijab in place without damage and are much safer.
Ready to make the switch? Check out our Super Strong Snag-Free Hijab Magnets.
Treat Stains Asap!
Sunscreen, makeup and food spills might harm your hijab. The sooner you treat it, the better your chances of saving your hijab.
For spot cleaning, just put a dab of any detergent on the stain and work on the stain with your fingertips. Pro-tip: use gentle dish soap to treat oil or food stains. Since dish soap is meant to remove oil and grease, it works nicely on hijabs as well!
On the go? Blot clean with tissue paper or blotting paper by dabbing the stained area.
Wear an Under Cap.
Wearing the hijab directly on your hair exposes it to any hair products you have on. A Hijab Under Scarf is the perfect solution!
What's even better are our sustainable Bamboo Jersey Ninja Under Caps that are moisture-wicking and breathable. They will keep your hair and hijab in place while protecting them from damage and friction.
Invest in Quality Hijabs.
While this may seem obvious, always purchase your hijabs from reputable and trustworthy brands that invest in and stand behind the quality of their products.
As Canada's largest online hijabs store, we strive to do just that - our products not only last longer but they are also made from premium materials that are better for your skin and scalp.
Ready to shop? Here are the Best Hijabs for sale in Canada.
taking care of your hijabs doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming. Hijabs are an essential part of Muslim women's lives, and taking care of them is important. It's easy to take care of your hijabs at home by washing them with cold water and mild soap, storing them properly, and avoiding harsh chemicals.
I hope this article helped you realize that taking care of your hijabs doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming, so you can spend more time wearing them! I know from personal experience how frustrating it can be when my hijabs are dirty and don't smell fresh. Luckily there are simple steps that anyone can take to keep their hijabs looking great for longer so that they can wear them more often without worrying about ruining them.