You invest passion and money in every lingerie item you purchase. You enjoy the delicacy, the beauty and the glamour of your most precious undergarments every day. But how do you take care of them?
I’ve learned it the hard way that if you don’t take care your lingerie properly, it will go from precious to the dumpster. Read closely these following tips that will allow you to enjoy your favorite briefs, bras, slips and corsets for a longer time.
1. Read the label. What does it say?
Does it say “Dry clean only?” There’s no second guessing there. Those guys know better than anyone how you’re supposed to wash your lingerie. After all, they created it.
2. But then again, there’s no label
This often happens to me. The label feels itchy or I simply don’t want it there so I clip it right off. But what next? You follow this piece of advice. It’s been tested and it works great. First, you need cold water and the mildest soap or even detergent especially made for lingerie washing. Second, you mix the water with the detergent and you start hand washing the lingerie. When you’re done, rinse it thoroughly and hang it to dry. Wash the lingerie carefully as it surely has lace, satin or other sensitive fabrics.
I am generous with my lingerie. Imagine I have 4 drawers dedicated to bras and briefs and slips. Washing it all by hand is quite exhausting, so what I do is put them in the washing machine, select the delicate program and a low water temperature. Just to be extra careful, I use some kind of bag specifically designed for automatic washing. This way, the lingerie remains safe from any harm.
The rule remains the same, whether you wash it manually or automatically. Not only you’re not supposed to wash the whites with the colorful ones, but you must also pay attention to those that must be washed on their own.
4. What about nylon?
Nylon is easy to deal with. It doesn’t require any special attention. You can put it in the washing machine and even in the drier. Just make sure you select the delicate cycle. The problem is with static electricity. You don’t want your dresses and your skirts to cling onto your hosiery. You can avoid that by using a drier sheet, or buy using special lingerie wash bags.
Silk is one entirely different story. First, you should only use very mild soap and detergents. Second, you must let the lingerie soak in warm water for a few minutes and then rinse with cold water. You may want to use a clean and dry towel. If you place the lingerie in it, it will dry properly.
Of course, some things are mandatory when it comes to fabrics so fragile: don’t scrub, don’t clean just one spot of the lingerie, instead fully wash it and of course, don’t spray perfumes or deodorant onto the bra. Fragile fabrics react badly to this type of factors.
What can I say, I love lingerie, but it took me a while to understand how important it is to treat it properly. I’m just passing the word forward so that you avoid crying for your favorite bra just because you didn’t think the washing machine may ruin it.