While silk may seem an unnecessary indulgence, you may find that it is the least expensive skin and hair care treatment available. Silk is a natural fabric that has been produced for over 5,000 years.
Where does silk come from? This particular silk comes from China, where it is the product of silkworms who turn bushels of Mulberry leaves into a thread of protein and amino acids. That thread is woven into fabric, which in this case is an unbleached, undyed, sueded silk charmeuse. Sueded silk is silk that has been washed with sand to give it the hand feel of suede. There are no chemicals used in the process, and nothing toxic. Just luscious silk.
One of the many benefits of a silk pillowcase is that your days of waking up with sleep wrinkles are over. You know what I mean, those creases in your face that come from sleeping on a cotton pillowcase. They take longer and longer to return to normal the older you get. There is absolutely no reason to have them in the first place. Your hair will look different, too. Silk does not pull moisture out of your face or hair. So you wake up looking much like you did when your head hit the pillow. I find that silk does not heat up like other fabrics, so there is no need to wake up to flip the pillow over trying to find a cool side.
Your first concern about silk is that it may need to be dry cleaned. Please, do NOT dry clean this silk. The whole point of using a silk pillowcase is that you want your skin to come in direct contact with the natural fibers. You do not want to coat those fibers with dry cleaning chemical, petroleum-based detergents, bleach, or fabric softener. Do not let anything come between your face and the silk. The fabric was washed before it was sewn, so with proper care you should not experience shrinkage. You can wash your pillowcase in cool water with mild soap in the wash machine on the gentle cycle, or in by hand. The best way to dry the pillowcase is to drape it over a hanger and allow it to dry naturally. You will be amazed at how quickly it dries. In a pinch you can use the delicate cycle of the dryer - but I think most dryers have some residue from dryer sheets, which you want to avoid.
This fabric was prewashed before sewing, so you can wash your pillowcases by hand or in your washing machine on the delicate cycle. You will want to use a mild soap and cool water. Then you can simply drape the pillowcase over a hanger and allow it to dry naturally. That happens quicker than you would think. You can dry on the delicate cycle, but air drying is the best.
Two soaps I have tried and like are Charlie's Soap, which you can find online or in some local stores. The other is the liquid laundry detergent that they sell at Trader Joe's. It is pH balanced, doesn't contain harsh chemicals or petrochemicals, and contains lavender essential oil, which is completely compatible with the Beauty Sleep Spray. I think TJ's is my favorite of the two.
The important thing to keep in mind is that you do NOT want to coat the threads, nor do you want to break them down. So NO fabric softener and NO bleach. I wouldn't dry clean them either, as they use chemicals to get it "clean". You want your skin to be in direct contact with the silk itself. That is where the magic happens!