Help, My Scarf Sticks To Itself! Scarf Hack!

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I recently found myself saying this! I bought a new set of complementing scarves at WalMart…one with adorable flowers and the other a mustard color (my fav in the fall!). I was IN LOVE! I wore the floral one all the time.

Then…it happened…I accidentally threw it in the washer and dryer with the sweater I was wearing at the time. 🙁 Sad. Day.

When I brought it out of the dryer, one look at it, I knew I needed to figure out how to fix it. I did a quick search…”My Scarf Sticks To Itself“. Not many people with answers. I was so bummed.

I thought it might be a simple static cling issue, so I dampened with water and fabric softener and gently dried with a dryer sheet (or 3). No dice.

I tried dousing it with hairspray. No dice.

I tried just sucking it up and wearing it….can you say my scarf sticks to itself and lays SO horribly!?

Then, it happened. I was randomly browsing Pinterest, and came across a suggestion for smoothing out linen fabrics. It didn’t mention scarves specifically, but I thought I might give it a shot. If I could find that pin now, I would totally give the credit…but alas, I cannot. :/

SO..I’m really hoping that some poor soul who accidentally washes their scarf and finds themselves saying “HELP! My scarf sticks to itself!” will find this post! I would have been a happy girl if I had found this tip sooner!

So let’s just get right to what to do!

Grab your sticky scarf and some cheap conditioner. Yes, hair conditioner. I had some Suave coconut conditioner (literally $.97 at WalMart).

Run some warm water in your sink and pour in a GOOD amount of conditioner.

Swirl it all around so it’s well mixed.

Drop the scarf in. Making sure to coat both sides all the way around the scarf.

Rinse well in cool water.

Hang to dry…NOT allowing the scarf material to touch itself while drying. (I used two plastic pants hangers (the kind with the clips on both ends) and put them about 2 feet apart, allowing the rest of the scarf to hang down. Then hung the hangers on my shower curtain rod as far apart as I could get them. This way, the only touching scarf parts were the 4 places that were clipped by the hangers.)

DO NOT wash/dry your scarves again 😉 But if you must…handwash in warm water with a bit of conditioner, and then hang them to dry. 🙂

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  1. F
    2 years ago

    I am a Muslim girl and so I have a lot of scarves which I wear all the time! I bought some from walmart just like you and after washing them they looked so horrible and wrinkly! I dont know why it does it must be something in the material since this is the first time I experienced this sticky thing it never happened to any of my other scarves. I used starch spray and ironed them but it didnt work. Thank you for this post I will definitely try this method and I hope it works!

    • Hot Mama Body Wraps
      2 years ago

      Thank you for your comment! I hope it worked for you as well! 😀

  2. Nida
    2 years ago

    This is probably an old post, but I tried this twice with two different conditioners. It helped, but it still doesn’t flow as it used to 🙁

    Any suggestions on what I did wrong? I only wore this scarf twice and now it doesn’t lay properly.

    • Hot Mama Body Wraps
      2 years ago

      I’m so sorry it didn’t work for you. I did read something that said that conditioner meant for dry hair (aka extra moisturizing conditioner) worked best. You can also try adding a squirt of lotion into the conditioner/water mixture. And also make sure that when drying it, no parts of the scarf touch each other! Good luck! 😀

  3. Brenda B
    2 years ago

    I tried googling it but nothing. I tried Pinterest but no help for me. My office assistant and I love to wear scarves in the fall season and thankfully I found your blog. Thank you.

  4. Sally Sloan
    2 years ago

    Gonna try this now!!! Thanks sooooooo much x

  5. S
    1 year ago

    I have a lot of headscarves (I am Muslim), I have done that to some of my favorite scarves. I am going to try this and get back to you for sure. Seems like no one has gotten back to you, to tell you if this works or not. I wish they would tell you how to wash this stuff (they probably do, but who reads those stupid labels, I rip mine off the second I buy them lol)
    Anyways will let you know. Thanks for the post

  6. Tanisha Grisel
    11 months ago

    Oh I am so hoping this works! I actually have the exact same scarf you talked about (and it is my favorite as well) and did the same thing…. I am currently letting it soak in a bucket of conditioner/ cold water and then will let air dry as you said.. .. I love..LOVE- it is my fave!– this scarf (and sadly a couple others that came to the same fate) I am so hoping this works, if it does you are officially my scarf hero!

    A scarf-aholic longing for her favorite scarf to be unstuck

  7. C_dawg
    8 months ago

    I’m happy you posted this! I washed several scarves between seasons and thought I ruined them…I’m trying this tip first thing tomorrow!

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