caring for lingerie
Proper lingerie care is essential for longer lasting bras and panties and should be done delicately, keeping in mind these 3 points:
We recommend hand washing bras about every 2-3 wears with an alcohol-free detergent for gentle laundering. It's also important to build your bra wardrobe so you'll have a good selection of bras to rotate, giving you more bras to wear and less washing to do. Replace your bras every 6 to 9 months, depending how many bras you have in your rotation and pay attention to the bra's elastic. Over time, the elastic wears out and the bra band can't provide proper support.
>> Hand washing is preferred over machine washing
>> Alcohol-free detergents are best
>> Hang drying lingerie is a must.
Hand Washing Your Bras (Recommended)
You can preserve the life of your hand-washables by following a few simple steps.
>>Fill your sink with lukewarm water and add an alcohol-free hand washing detergent such as Dreft, Ivory Snow, or Forever New.
>> Avoid Woo lite which is harsher and can deteriorate elastic
>> Soak lingerie for up to an hour. Gently rub the fabric together to remove dirt
>> Rinse with cool water (until the water runs clear)
>> Lay garment flat on a towel. Lay another towel over top and press to remove extra water
>> Always hang to dry.
>> Hook the backs of your bras Put similar color items in a lingerie bag
>> Wash on a delicate cycle in cool water with gentle detergent
>> When you take your molded cup bras out of the wash, reshape the cups with your hands. Don't wring out or stretch your bras
>>Always hang to dry. Never put bras in the dryer because the heat will break down the spandex and you will lose elasticity
"Like clothing, the quality of your undergarments determines the care required. The finer the materials, the more delicate the care (in an ideal world). It’s also pretty intuitive, but like any fine garment, if you treat it well, it will last longer.
"With lingerie, hand washing (in a sink, in cold water, and with delicate detergent) is especially important for underwire bras. We know, it sounds like a total hassle, but wires tend to warp in machines, which can cause poke-through over time. And really, it should only take you 10 minutes tops (most of which is just soak time), so in the grand scheme of obligatory chores, this is pretty low effort on the list.