It was after an intensely brisk walk in the sweltering Southern California heat when it dawned on me: Should I be washing my scrunchies?
I had never questioned washing them before, as I had enough to rotate through frequently. This particular time, however, I noticed that my scrunchie was somewhat wet with sweat and didn’t smell all that great. And that’s when I wondered if I should be washing the accessory. I wanted to add a “more frequently” to the end of that sentence, but who am I kidding? I’ve never cleaned them—oops! Honestly, I doubt I’m the only one.
Enough about my lazy girl hair habits, I bet you’re dying to know more about the topic at hand. Scroll below to discover if you should wash your scrunchies and so much more!
Should You Wash Your Scrunchies?
Yes, to put it quite simply. You should be cleaning your scrunchies. As with anything you wear, they deserve a good rinse. Scrunchies can collect dirt and oil, especially depending on the fabric they’re made out of. So, you’ll want to toss yours in with your laundry when you can.
How Often Should You Wash Them?
Thankfully, you don’t need to wash your scrunchies all that often. If you’ve been doing laundry less frequently these days, fret not. Depending on how frequently you’re wearing your scrunchie, you can get away with washing it once a month. But if you wear the same one regularly, you’ll want to wash it more often.
How Do You Wash Scrunchies?
Now, you’ve scrolled to the most important section of this article. Realizing you need to wash your scrunchies is rather plain to see. What you should really take away from this is understanding how to clean them.
This will depend on the type of scrunchie you’re trying to wash. Cotton, acetate, spandex, acrylic, nylon, and polyester scrunchies can all be thrown in the wash with your clothes. It’s best to rinse them with cold water, so they won’t shrink, and dry them on a low or gentle cycle.
Linen, rayon, silk, and wool scrunchies should be hand-washed and laid out to dry. You can hand-wash them in a bowl filled with warm water or on the hand-wash cycle of your washing machine.
When in doubt, follow the washing instructions on the tag like you would with any other article of clothing and you should be good to go. Now, go give your scrunchies a rinse, because you and I both know they need it.