LINGERIE CARE - HOW TO WASH YOUR UNDIES SO THEY LAST LONGER
Don’t you just hate it when bad things happen to good knickers? We sure do!
So we decided to share some lingerie care tips and tricks to help make your mentionable unmentionables last a little longer.
Delicate fabrics (such as satin, silk, lace and mesh) should ALWAYS be hand-washed gently.
Another BIG no-no is tossing your undies in the tumble dryer. It's just about the worst possible thing
you can do as the heat will shrink fabrics, as well as break them down, shortening their life span exponentially.
Seriously, NEVER EVER throw them in the dryer, or you can kiss the elastic in your panties good-bye.
If you truly want your underwear to last a little longer, you should tenderly wash them by hand.
WASHING AND DRYING TRULY DELICATE FABRICS:
1. Sort by color.
2. Fill a basin (a sink also works) with enough room-temperature / cold water (basically, if it doesn’t feel good to your
skin, it won’t feel good to your undies) to fully submerge your delightful delicates.
3. Use just the right amount of gentle detergent (read the package if you’re not sure),
otherwise you might have residue left over once you’ve cleaned everything. Since most regular laundry detergent
are too harsh and soapy for delicate lingerie materials (think cotton blends, silk, lace and mesh) as it is used for jeans and towels,
try opting for a lingerie-specific detergent as this will help ensure longterm endurance for your underwear.
If a lingerie detergent costs more than you're willing to spend, try making a DIY version using
one cup of hot water, one teaspoon of baby shampoo, and one drop of essential oil.
4. Let them soak for 10 - 15 minutes.
5. Be gentle. Let your hands become the delicate cycle. That means no overly aggressive scrubbing, tugging, stretching or whatnot.
“If you want the elastic recovery to stay, don’t twist or scrunch too much,” Amelia Allen,
a designer at Cosabella, and, therefore, an expert on panties, told Women’s Health. “You can put them in the water,
swirl them around a bit between both of your hands, and leave them there to soak for a few minutes.”
6. Drain the basin and refill with clean water, then give the lingerie another five minutes to soak.
7. Once that's done, squeeze gently (do not wring them out).
Pop your pairs in a dry towel and then lay another on top to absorb the water. Press gently to release any additional water.
You can also just lay them on top of a drying rack once you’ve drained out all the liquid.
Hand washing doesn’t take all that much longer than just throwing your underwear in with the rest of your clothes,
so why not give it a whirl? You might notice that you’re getting way more wear out of your knickers, and we think that’s awesome!
Plus, you’ll be saving the environment by using good old fashioned elbow grease, instead of an electric washing cycle!
Should the inevitable happens and somehow your cotton bottoms end up in the washing machine
along with your woolie socks and hubby's T, here’s how you should be doing it:
1. Separate your cotton undies from the rest of your laundry. We recommend using a mesh laundry bag
to enusre these don't get tossed and beaten among the rest of your laundry. Naomi Gonzalez, co-founder and COO of the gender-neutral
underwear brand TomboyX, recommend never washing your underwear with towels or jeans as the rough material can damage the more
delicate underwear fabric.
2. Set your washer to the gentle, cold water cycle and add some gentle detergent (look for gentle cycle or delicate cycle on the label).
3. Once your cotton bottoms have been washed, hang them up to dry (again, do not tumble dry).
(Courtesy of https://hellogiggles.com/lifestyle/right-way-wash-undies/ and https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-wash-delicates and http://nymag.com/strategist/article/how-to-clean-underwear.html)