Some people think it’s easy enough to wash lingerie. The truth is that these undergarments are actually very delicate, so they require extra care and attention. You can’t just place them in the washing machine, pour in soap and bleach, and then wash away! That could only have you ending up filled with remorse when your favorite lingerie items become discolored, some parts torn, and/or shrunk to the point that they don’t fit you anymore. Yes, all these are bound to happen when you wash lingerie carelessly, thereby wasting all the effort and money you spent in shopping for those lingerie items.
Here are some of the most important things to remember when washing lingerie:
Cold Water Is Always Your Friend
You may have gotten advice from people, saying it’s okay to wash your lingerie in lukewarm or hot water. That is so NOT true! Hot water can, in fact, shrink lingerie made from certain fabrics, thereby making them practically useless. Always use cold water when washing lingerie, regardless of the fabric. You wouldn’t have to worry about them getting damaged because cold water doesn’t really do anything to any type of fabric.
Note: There are some knockoff lingerie products that deteriorate in quality immediately after you wash them. Always make sure you buy only items of the best quality from a legit seller to prevent any regrets.
Always Use Mild Detergent
Don’t believe everything you see on TV, especially where advertisements for detergents are concerned. Many detergent brands may claim their product is mild and safe to use even on your lingerie, but not all of them are telling the truth. This is why you should always check the label when you shop for detergent. Compare a number of detergent brands and be sure to check their ingredients. If you’re not familiar with the ingredients used in making detergent, research information online; there’s plenty of material to help you ensure your chosen detergent doesn’t cause damage to the delicate material of your lingerie.
Separate Them for Washing
When you wash your clothes, you separate the colored ones from the whites. In the same way, you should also separate lingerie by color when washing them to protect them from discoloration. Avoid washing them all in one go.
Make sure your lingerie is kept in a separate drawer or an area in your closet where they don’t mix with your other clothes. This makes it easier for you to find any piece of lingerie when you need it.
You’ve probably heard a lot of warning against drying lingerie in the electric dryer; this warning is even found on lingerie tags. You’d do well to heed it, of course. Drying lingerie under the heat of the sun has always been the safest method. Using alternative heat procedures (e.g. using a hair dryer) is not advisable, as it might cause your lingerie’s quality to deteriorate. Stick to the simplest procedure for drying lingerie. If the sun is not out, then you can leave them to dry in room temperature.