How to Clean Macrame Safely and Easily

You can find beloved macrame crafts and decor in most households. And just like any other household items, they need to be washed and cleaned every once in a while! Learning how to clean macrame is not that hard of a job, However, if not properly cared for, you can cause damage to the macrame during the cleaning process.

Note: If your macrame craft or decor was store-bought, first, read the label attached to the macrame, if there is one. It may or may not list the cleaning directions.

How Often to Clean Macrame

Optimally, it is recommended to wash macrame curtains, walls or plant hangers no more than once a month. However, for smaller normal-wear items like purses, rugs, caps, and jewelry, you should wash them at least once every two weeks to remove dust and marks. There are several washing methods of washing macrame objects. The techniques provided was chosen because it is the safest for all macrame crafts and decor.

Things You’ll Need

  • Mild Dish Soap
  • Baking Soda
  • Lukewarm Water
  • Soft Bristle Brush

How to Wash Machine Macrame

Prepare the Macrame for Washing Machine

After using a soft bristle brush to remove dust, Wash on delicate cycle and pour the ingredients in lukewarm water and allow the solution to fully dissolve. If there is a really difficult stain like paint or blueberry juice, pretreat following the tips for specific stains.

Caring for Older Macrame 

If the macrame is aged or in a fragile condition, hand wash with a mild detergent and lukewarm water. You would want to gently squish the solution thoroughly and cautiously through the macrame. Rinse under cool water. Do not wring.

Drying Macrame

To prevent wear and tear, it is recommended to let the macrame air-dry. Hang the macrame to cool and dry naturally, do not apply heat or direct sunlight to the material. Once macrame has dry completely, shake well and straighten.

How to Clean Macrame Plant Hanger

Trying to clean macrame plant hangers while they’re in use can be a bit tricky. However, there is a homemade solution for practically everything. If the macrame plant hanger is appear to be non-washable, it may be time for magic.

Things You’ll Need

  • Mild detergent
  • Baking Soda
  • Luke Warm Water
  • Lemon Juice
  • 2 Spray Bottles

To clean a macrame plant hanger,  Start by mixing the solution in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the macrame part of the plant hanger. Fill the second spray bottle with cool water and spray the cool water over the mixture from the first spray bottle. Leave to air-dry.

If reachable, use surface wipes to remove any remaining residue.

Helpful Tips

Never use hot or cold water on macrame, this can cause the macrame to harden. Be careful with strong detergents. If you absolutely have to use one, be sure to rinse the macrame thoroughly.