I’ve been wearing hijab for a while and tried different types of hijabs since I started adding them to my wardrobe. I like to wear good quality hijabs that last for a long time. The secret to long-lasting hijabs is to take good care of them regularly.
Here’s what I do to take care of my hijabs-
Know how to wear it well–
It’s important to know how to wear your hijab well using the right kind of pins and safety pins. Rusty pins can stain your hijab and damaged safety pins can snag and ruin your hijab.
Treat stains as soon as possible-
Sunscreen, lotions, make up, etc. can damage your hijab. The same goes for other accidents like spills and other food mishaps. When you have a stain on your hijab, treat it right away. The sooner you treat it, the better chances you’ll have to save your hijab.
For spot cleaning, just put a dab of any detergent on the stain and work on the stain with your fingertips. Only wash the stained part and the surrounding area in cold water. You can blot clean when you don’t have access to water or detergent. Use a piece of paper towel or toilet paper to dab the stained area.
For dry marks, use a small brush or lint roller to clean the hijab.
Hand washing is best for most hijabs. It’s easier to hand wash them while you’re taking a shower. Use only mild detergent or castile soap and cold water to wash hijabs. Do not use bleach. If you are soaking you hijab to treat a stain, soak light and dark colored hijbas separately. Squeeze out the water, do not wring hijabs to avoid damaging the fabric.
If you must put them in the washer, put them in a mesh bag first and then wash them in cold water on delicate cycle.
Hang-dry hijabs instead of tossing them in the dryer. You can hang hijabs on your towel bar to dry or lay them on a flat surface to retain their shape. You can also hang dry them outside in a shaded area, away from direct sunlight that may fade the fabric.
Avoid drying hijabs in the dryer as it can ruin the fabric. The hijabs can get damaged from the heat and friction or get a snag from a zipper, hook, etc. Some hijabs can shrink or lose their sheen in the dryer.
Iron hijabs on the low setting of your iron. Press on the reverse side of your hijab to preserve the sheen of the fabric.
Caring for white hijabs–
Wash white hijabs separately and dry in the sun to make your white hijabs whiter and smell fresher.
Store hijabs in clean, dry areas. I like to fold and and keep my hijabs in a dresser drawer instead of hanging them so they don’t collect dust. Avoid folding hijabs on the same line over and over again. This can create a crease and the fabric may break and start fraying at the crease.
If you have hijabs that you save for special occasions, roll them instead of folding them and store them neatly.
Mending and fixing-
Snags- If your hijab gets stuck in a safety pin, carefully take out the safety pin so you don’t make a hole in your hijab. If the safety pin had pulled threads that caused fabric to bunch, gently stretch it back into shape. Lay the hijab on a flat surface and use a sewing needle or a toothpick to move the threads back into their proper place.
Hems- You can take in hems of your hijabs when they start fraying. Taking in the hem gives them a neater appearance and reinforces the edge as well.
I hope you will benefit from these tips to take better care of your hijabs. You won’t need to wash or iron your hijabs often if you take care of your hijab right away once you’re back home.
Please leave a comment if you have any others tips to share.