How to Wash Your Lingerie the Right Way
Obviously, nobody can usually see what we wear beneath our clothes. So it’s no wonder that taking care of bras and panties usually falls by the wayside. But the most consistent love-hate relationship of our lives needs some TLC, too. You may not be a fan of wearing bras or keeping your underwear on at all times. You can, however, take care of them so they last as long as possible. In order words, without them becoming frayed, discolored undergarments you’d rather die than lay claim to. It all comes down to washing your lingerie the right way.
Our delicates definitely need a specific kind of care. But let’s face it. Most of us really don’t have time to hand wash our lingerie. Or know how to properly go about it. If you do, that’s great. But for the rest of us, there are a few basics that will make your life infinitely easier. After all, putting in a little work to make your lingerie last as long as possible is eons better than resorting to last year’s bathing suit bottoms. Right?
Scroll down to see the top tips on washing your lingerie so all your undergarments will really last.
Invest in a Lingerie Bag
Honey-Can-Do Lingerie Wash Bag, $5.42 at Amazon
It's always advisable to use mesh bags. Not just while washing your lingerie or fine underwear, but even when handling your regular bras. It keeps underwear from stretching and evenly distributes water and detergent. This way your bra straps won't tangle with each other or get ripped by hooks or zippers.
Some of us worry about the sweat and humidity our underwear comes in contact with and wash them after each use. That may not be the wisest thing. A good rule of thumb: If it smells or is stained, you can wash it. But if there's no particular problem, you can just rewear it. Finer lingerie and even more basic pieces get worn out faster if washed too often.
Try This Instead
Instead of machine washing, make some time to gently rinse your lingerie in the shower or sink. Machine washing can often be too harsh on delicate fabrics, even with the right detergent. A shower rinse gives it a more thorough cleanse and you can make sure it's thoroughly cleaned.
This may be too obvious, but do not put your underwear in the dryer. Air-drying is the best option, but try laying your lingerie down flat. Hanging it can stretch out the straps.