How to Make an Acrylic Scarf Soft


Acrylic is an artificial fiber, often used as a substitute for wool. Composed of vinyl compounds, it can accommodate a variety of dye colors. Acrylic is also known to be much easier to care for than wool. It is machine-washable and dryable, as well as resistant to bleaching agents. The fiber is often used to make sweaters, socks, hats and scarves. Some scarf wearers find acrylic a bit harsh against the skin. To soften an acrylic scarf takes a few simple steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric softener
  • Fill a dishpan with lukewarm water.

  • Pour in 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of fabric softener. Stir to disperse the softener.

  • Add the scarf to the dishpan and let it soak for up to 20 minutes.

  • Rinse the scarf in cool, clear water.

  • Squeeze the water from the scarf, then lay it flat to dry. You can also put the scarf in the dryer on the low setting to dry, if you prefer.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also wash the acrylic scarf in a machine on the gentle cycle and add fabric softener to the rinse cycle.

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