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We highly recommend that you hand wash your bras in order to preserve their shape, elasticity, and longevity.

We have a tutorial for you that’s going to help you with a delicate matter…. washing your delicates! Folks can often feel apprehensive about how to wash lingerie as these pieces often are made up of delicate fabric and intricate details. Not to mention, lingerie can be fairly expensive. Let’s not put a damper on Valentines Day with a ruined negligee. Read below for the best tips for washing these special items. 

How to Wash Bras

As a general rule, bras should be washed every 3-4 wears. We highly recommend that you hand wash your bras in order to preserve their shape, elasticity, and longevity. Bras that contain underwire shaping should definitely be washed by hand, because the wires can break if twisted too much. Not sure how to hand wash lingerie? To do so, fill your sink with room temperature water and a small amount of detergent. (Our Small Loads Pods are perfect for this!) Soak the bra for a few minutes in the soap and then gently work the suds through the material and rinse with cool water. In order to remove excess water, roll the bra in a towel and then press firmly. Afterwards, lay flat to dry. 

If you want to throw your bras in the washing machine, hook the bra together to avoid snagging it on other clothing and then toss it in a mesh bag. Lingerie wash bags protect your delicate undergarments from snagging on the buttons and zippers of other clothes, getting tied up in sleeves, or the interior of the washing machine. Set your machine to the delicate or cool water cycle (hot water can break down fabrics and elastics!) and use a gentle detergent like our Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent. Never use chlorine bleach in the wash, and be sure to separate your colors to prevent your bras from turning grey and dingy. Air dry away from direct heat and out of direct sunlight!

How to Wash Underwear

If panties are particularly sheer or ornate, hand wash using the directions above. If they are regular nylon or silk panties, machine wash with a gentle detergent. Use warm water and a cold rinse for the best clean!

How to Wash Other Delicate Items

All legwear, like stockings, pantyhose, and tights, need to be washed by hand. Let them soak for at least 30 minutes in cool water and a gentle detergent. Rinse in cold water. Wrap in a towel to absorb excess moisture. Hang to dry.

Items like robes and nightgowns can be washed in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with similar items. Never overload the washer or mesh bag if you’re using one, as this can lead to a poor clean and excessive wrinkles in the fabric. Give items plenty of room to move! It’s smart to also avoid washing lingerie with lint-producing fabrics such as terry cloth or fleece.

Let us know if you have any additional questions when it comes to washing specialty items like these. We want to keep your favorite items in the best shape possible so you can enjoy wearing them for years to come!