How to care for your underwear
We hate it when bad things happen to good Knickers – periods, tumble dryers etc… So we decided to share some Lingerie Wash Care Tips and Tricks to help make your mentionable unmentionables last a little longer.
Delicate fabrics such as Stretch Lace, Galloon Lace, Mesh, Stretch Chiffon, Satin and Silk should ALWAYS be hand washed ever so gently.
Without the harsh conditions of a washing machine, underwear remains looking newer for much, much longer and they’ll fit just as well as the first wear, because they won’t get stretched out that quickly or look like life took it’s toll on them.
Another BIG no-no is tossing your panties in the tumble dryer. It’s just about the worst possible thing you can do as heat causes shrinkage and breaks down elastics shortening their life span exponentially.
Familiar with those stringy thingies on lacey underthings? Yarn and elastic gets woven together to make Stretch Lace (which is much more delicate than Galloon Lace for example) and when exposed to heat or friction, these elastics melt, break and become visible. Seriously, never ever throw your pairs in the tumble 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 DELICATE FABRICS
1) SORT BY COLOUR
Group your whites, darks, brights, lights and wash each separately.
Fill a sink or basin with enough cold water to fully submerge and soak your delightful delicates. Anything from 30 minutes to an hour should do.
Keep in mind that if the water is too warm, the elastics in your panties will also start to break down and your panties will shrink. Cooler water can ‘shock’ elasticized panties closer to their original shape, so they remain “newer” for longer.
Add a teaspoon of gentle detergent or a lingerie-specific detergent to the water to clean your knickers.
Let them soak for 5 – 10 minutes.
Never use a washing machine detergent, Woolite or any product containing bleach. These will be too harsh on your panties and can deteriorate the elastic because it has been designed for removing stubborn stains from jeans and towels.
Rather opt for natural products that are free from harsh chemicals such as synthetic fragrances, perfumes, dyes, optical brighteners, animal fat based ingredients, ammonium chloride and phosphates, all of which break down delicates.
If a lingerie detergent costs more than you’re willing to spend, try making a DIY version using 1 cup of hot water, 1 teaspoon of baby shampoo, and 1 drop of essential oil.
Be gentle. Let your hands become the delicate cycle.
Even though it is referred to as “hand washing” it still means no overly aggressive scrubbing, tugging, stretching or whatnot as friction can also break down fibers and damage elastics.
“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.”
Drain the basin and refill with clean, cold water then give the lingerie another 5 minutes to soak.
Once that’s done, squeeze gently (do not twist or 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. Do not hang them up to dry with wash pegs as they may stretch and be ruined. Rather lay them on top of a drying rack once you’ve drained out all the liquid.
Again, throwing your panties in the dryer is a BIG no-no!!
Hand washing doesn’t take all that much longer than just throwing your underwear in the washing machine 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!
(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 and https://theenclosed.com/care-panty-collection/)