How To Wash Saree In Washing Machine? (Ultimate Guide)

Saree is a special traditional female outfit in India that portrays the Indian culture for ages. 

They are usually made up of delicate material and machine washing them at times can be tough on them.

Nobody would like to ruin its material during the wash.

But with a few simple tips, you can make sure your saree comes out of the washer looking as good as new.

In this article, we will walk through the steps wash saree in the washing machine safely.

What Is a Saree?

Saree is a traditional Indian attire that is worn by women of all ages. They are now a popular piece of clothing across most nations.

It is a long piece of cloth draped around the body and usually accompanied by a blouse and petticoat. 

They are made from a variety of fabric materials such as cotton, silk, georgette, chiffon, etc, and are available in a plethora of colors and designs.

What are the common types of sarees?

Sarees come in a variety of fabric materials and require special care while washing.

The most common types of sarees are made using Silk, Cotton, and synthetics.

Here are some tips on washing different types of sarees in a washing machine.

Silk sarees

Silk sarees should be washed separately from other types of fabrics.

You will need to use a mild detergent and always set the washing machine to a delicate cycle. 

And once you are done with the wash, do not wring or twist a silk saree, as this can damage the fabric.

Cotton sarees

Cotton sarees can be washed regularly with a mild detergent.

For these types of sarees, you can also add a cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle to help remove any stains.

Synthetic sarees

Similar to cotton these saree types can be washed regularly with a mild detergent. However, it’s best to avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals to avoid any damage to the fabric.

How to wash a saree in a Washing machine?

wash saree in washing machine

Washing a saree can be a little tricky, especially when it comes to cleaning them in washing machines.

Here are some tips on how you can clean your saree in a washing machine:

Just make sure that your saree is not too dirty or stained. If it is, then pre-treat the stains with a stain remover before putting it in the machine.

Pre-Treat the Saree

Step 1: You can pre-treat a saree either by applying a mild stain remover to the affected area or applying some water.

Step 2: Let the solution settle on the stains for 5 to 10 minutes and rub them using a soft brush or a sponge.

Step 3: Another way to pre-treat your saree is by soaking them in a tub filled with a mixture of water and a cup of mild detergent. Next, Soak the saree in the solution and leave it for at least 20 to 30 mins. You don’t need to soak the entire clothing, simply soak the portion that needs pre-treatment.

Note – You can give a gentle agitation using your hands and move the saree in a circular motion for about 5 minutes. Doing this will clean the fabric by 50%.

Wash the Saree in Washing Machine

Once you are done with the pre-treatment, the next step is to wash your saree in the washing machine.

Step 1: Always use a mild detergent for washing sarees as harsh detergents can damage the fabric. Hence add a mild detergent or as per the care label.

Step 2: For added protection, or if you are loading your saree with other garments then simply put your saree in a mesh laundry bag. This will prevent the saree from getting tangled in the machine. Now load the saree into the washing machine tub. 

Note – Avoid washing saree in a washing machine equipped with an agitator.

There are chances of it getting tangled with the long spindle agitator. This can wear out your saree in no time.

Step 3: Set the machine on a gentle cycle and use cool or lukewarm water for washing. Hot water can damage the fabric of the saree.

Step 4: Once the cycle is completed, simply put them for air drying. Avoid tumble drying your saree using a clothes dryer, as they carry a delicate material. 

Step 5: Sarees don’t take long to air dry, hence spread them over a clothesline and secure them with clips. You may hang the saree with a couple of folds as they are a long piece of clothing. 

Once the saree is dry, you may lightly press it with a warm iron if needed. Fold the saree and store it in a clean, dry place for your next occasion.

Also Read: How to Wash Pillows in the Washing Machine Safely?

How to Hand Wash a Saree?

Saree can be washed in a quick time compared to other garments.

To wash a saree with your hands you will need a Tub OR Sink, Water, and Mild Detergent.

Step 1: Fill a tub or basin with lukewarm water or cold water. And then, add a mild detergent and let it submerge.

Step 2: Place the saree in the solution and gently wash using hands in soapy water. Do it with care and ensure not to rub the fabric too vigorously. Next, leave it to rest for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Rinse the saree in clean water to remove any remaining soap.

Step 4: Hang the saree in a clothesline to air dry, or lay them on a flat surface. For quick drying, you can use a towel and lay it flat over the folded saree.

Step 5: If the fabric is suitable then you may iron the saree once it is completely dry. Remember to use the lowest heat setting.

Following the above steps will help you hand wash your saree without damaging the fabric.

Final Thoughts

Sarees can surely be washed using a washing machine as long as it is compatible OR machine friendly, read the care label to get detailed caring info.

Having said that, if you wash the saree, always use a gentle cycle and cold water regardless of the material type.

You should also avoid using any kind of harsh detergent or fabric softener, as these can damage the delicate fabric of your saree. In most cases, the care label will have the washing instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I wash my saree?

You may wash your saree after every couple of uses. However, this may vary depending on the fabric and how dirty they appear after each use.

Should I dry clean my saree?

Yes, this is the best option for delicate fabrics such as silk and chiffon. You can dry clean them and do remember to check the care label for any additional instructions. 

How do I store my saree with care?

Some selective sarees are worn according to occasions such as festivals or family functions. The ones meant for occasions can be stored in a cool and dry place. Simply fold or roll them and place them in your closet or in the drawers. Avoid exposing them to sunlight or excessive moisture.

What is the best way to remove stains from my saree?

If a portion of your saree has caught stains then try pre-treating it. You can make use of a gentle stain remover before washing them. Simply soak the stained area in lukewarm water mixed with detergent for 30 minutes and then wash it.

Manish Singh is an expert in electrical engineering with a Diploma in the field. With over 12 years of experience, he specializes in repairing music systems, washing machines, dryers, and other laundry-related appliances. His in-depth knowledge in electrical repairs and decent knowledge about garment care makes him a trusted authority in the field of appliance repair and laundry related topics. If you have any questions or need assistance with your appliances, you can reach out to Manish through email: manish.singh (at)