All my life I have believed that you have to dry clean silk. It’s a rule.
However, a friend of mine recently told me she washes all her own silk. I was all like “what? Shut the front door!” And she was all like “no for realsies, it’s so much cheaper than the dry cleaner!” And so I began the practice myself.
It’s much easier than you might think, you just need to be careful.
First, wash your silk piece in cold water with a very small amount of detergent.
When you pull it out if the water, let it drip for a minute or two.
Then roll the garment in a towel and dab it lightly to absorb excess water.
Finally, hang it to dry somewhere indoors. Keep it out if direct sunlight as it could damage colour or shape.
It will likely dry rather wrinkled, depending on the style and shape of the garment. If you have a steamer, this is your best option. If you must iron, keep it in a low setting and place a light towel between the garment and the iron.