Hijabs are an essential part of Muslim women's attire and come in various styles and materials, each requiring different care and maintenance. Properly caring for your hijabs ensures that they last longer and keeps them looking their best. In this hijab care guide, we'll take you through step-by-step instructions on washing and drying your hijabs, recommended washing temperatures and methods for different types of hijabs, and how to remove stains from your hijabs. We'll also suggest some products that will make hijab care a breeze. So, let's dive in and see how you can care for your hijabs without breaking a sweat.

How to wash your hijabs

Washing your hijabs is an important part of hijab care. However, washing it improperly can damage the fabric or affect the color. In this guide, we'll take you through step-by-step instructions on how to properly wash your hijabs to keep them looking their best.

Types of detergents to use for washing hijabs

Most hijab fabrics are sturdy enough to handle regular laundry detergents. However, if longevity is what you are looking for, then opt in for eco-friendly variants that are made from gentle ingredients and have neutral pH levels. These will not only protect the hijab fibers from unnecessary damage, but are also easier on your skin and the environment.

Here are some eco-friendly detergents that are perfect for your hijabs:

Eco-friendly detergents for hijab care - Momina Hijabs

Recommended washing temperature and methods for different types of hijabs

The general rule of thumb is to always hand wash your hijabs with cold water. Cold water washes prevent your hijabs from shrinking and have the added benefit of reduced utility bills.

Let's dive a bit deeper and take a look at the optimal washing temperatures and methods:

Hijab Fabric Temperature Wash Method
Chiffon Cold Machine Wash
Jersey Cold or Luke Warm Hand or Machine Wash
Modal Cold or Luke Warm Hand or Machine Wash
Satin Cold Machine Wash
Silk Cold Hand Wash or Dry Clean
Cotton Cold or Luke Warm Hand or Machine Wash
Pleated N/A Dry Clean Only
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How to remove stains from your hijabs

Got a stain on your hijab? Treat it as soon as possible. The longer a stain stays on the hijab, the harder it will be to remove it later on. Try the following to get rid of stains from your hijabs:

Pro Tip: Got a really stubborn oil or makeup stain on your hijab? Apply some diluted dish washing soap to a small cloth and dab the stain with it. (Be careful, dish washing soaps are quite strong and you can easily over do this). Always remember to spot test before using any kind of stain remover.

Drying your hijabs

Drying your hijabs properly is essential to ensuring that they keep their shape and color. Improper drying can cause shrinking, warping, or other types of damage to the fabric. In this section, we'll go over some best practices and tips for drying your hijabs to prevent damage.

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Hang dry your hijabs

This one is the simplest, yet the best way to dry your hijabs. Machine drying your hijabs involves heat, which is the main culprit behind the shrinking of the fabric.

However, hang drying is not always the most convenient so its best to do it for fabrics that are prone to shrinking. Natural fibers like cotton are more prone to shrinking in comparison to polyester or synthetic fabrics. As a rule of thumb it is always best to hang dry hijabs that are made from natural fabrics.

Machine drying your hijabs

Hijab care shouldn't be a hassle which is why we create hijabs that are super durable and can easily take on a machine dryer. Most hijabs are made from synthetic polyester based fabric and can be easily machine dried.

It's important to remember that, you should always machine dry on low heat as using high heat can shrink the fabric. If you have pets, give these Bounce dryer sheets a try. You will be amazed at how well they work at removing lint and pet hair.

How to prevent shrinking or warping of hijabs

This one is easy! Don't use hot water when washing or high heat setting when drying.

Heat is the main culprit behind the shrinking of a fabric, but the wash cycle can also take a toll on the fabric. Always use cold water and light cycles when machine washing your hijabs. For drying, always use low heat setting on the dryer or hang dry for best results.

How to iron your hijabs

Ironing your hijabs can help smooth out wrinkles and creases, but it can also damage the fabric if not done properly. In this section, we'll provide you with tips on how to iron your hijab without causing any damage.

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Types of equipment to use

You don't need anything fancy, a steam iron or a hand steamer are perfect for removing any wrinkles and creases from your hijabs.

Pro Tip: Always use a hand steamer for your fancier hijabs. You'll never have to worry about accidentally damaging or worse burning them.

Always check manufacturer provided care instructions. Certain hijab styles like the Fine Pleated Chiffon Hijabs require extra care and cannot be washed, dried or ironed.

How to choose the right temperature

Here are the recommended ironing settings for different types of hijabs

Hijab Fabric Temperature Iron Setting
Chiffon 300 F 3
Jersey 400 F 5
Modal 375 F 3
Satin 300 F 3
Silk 300 F 3
Cotton 400 F 4

How to store your hijabs

Storing your hijabs properly is an essential part of hijab care. Improper storage can cause wrinkles and unnecessary damage to the fabric. In this section, we'll provide you with tips on how to store your hijab to keep it in good condition.

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Recommended storage methods for different types of hijabs

While washing, drying and ironing are crucial for hijab care, storing your hijabs properly is equally important. Here are a few ways you can neatly store your hijabs:

  • Fold them neatly and place them in a drawer. If your drawer size is too big, you can use drawer organizers.
  • Hang your hijabs using hangers. This is the easiest way to store your hijabs, but it does make the hijabs prone to excessive creasing. Velvet hanger can provide a bit of grip which makes them better for hanging slippery hijabs.
  • Do not store different types of fabrics together. While this is generally not an issue, certain fabrics are prone to pilling when they come in contact with other types of fabrics. Storing only similar fabrics together can reduce the chances of that happening.
  • If you are low on space, the easiest way to store your hijabs is to fold them into a rectangle and turn them into rolls. We store thousands of hijabs in our retail store and we have found that folding them into rolls allows us to store 40% more hijabs than if we were to store them as rectangular folds.

Hijab Care: FAQs

The recommended washing temperature for hijabs depends on the fabric. Generally, it is recommended to hand wash hijabs in cold water to prevent shrinkage. However, for some fabrics such as chiffon and satin, machine washing in cold water is acceptable.

To remove stains from hijabs, soak the hijab in cold water and then dab the stain with a cloth that has detergent on it. You can also use a pen-style stain remover like Tide To Go.

The best way to dry your hijabs is to hang them on a clothesline or drying rack. Avoid using a dryer on high heat, as the heat can damage the fabric and cause shrinkage.

To prevent shrinking or warping of hijabs, always wash them in cold water and avoid using a dryer on high heat. Also, avoid wringing or twisting the hijab while it's wet.

The best way to iron your hijabs is to use a low heat setting and a pressing cloth. Be careful not to apply too much heat, as this can damage delicate fabrics. For best results use a hand steamer.

Yes, it is generally safe to machine wash hijabs, but you should follow the recommended washing temperature and method for the specific fabric of your hijab.

To care for natural fiber hijabs, always wash them in cold water and avoid using a dryer. Hang them to dry, and avoid wringing or twisting them while they're wet. Use a low heat setting and a pressing cloth when ironing.