How to Wash Lingerie

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We’ve all been there: “Can I really wash this?” And the answer is simply, yes, you can wash those special-occasion garments. To keep your delicates protected, try using Lenor.
Washing your clothes the correct way can help them to last for longer and it’s simple to wash delicate pieces like lingerie, with easy tips from using lingerie bags to protect your smalls during the wash, to ensuring you dry them correctly. In this guide we’ll walk you through how to wash your lingerie to keep it looking brand new.

First things first: read the care label

The care label is a reminder of how best to care for your lingerie. Pay close attention to the laundry symbols — they’ll tell you which wash cycle and temperature is recommended by the manufacturer, as well as any other special care details. Be sure to wash delicates separately from heavier and rougher fabrics.

How to hand wash lingerie

The best way to wash bras that are particularly delicate is often by hand — the care label will confirm this. Fill your sink or bowl with lukewarm water (again, check the label for specific temperature guidance) and add some laundry detergent. Submerge your garment in the water and gently swirl it around to get the detergent working — you might want to gently rub it with your fingers too. Soak for a few minutes and then rinse with cold or lukewarm water before leaving to dry.

How to wash bras in the washing machine

When washing bras in a machine, the first thing you should do is check the care label which will let you know if they can withstand a machine wash. It will also tell you the appropriate cycle or temperature. Fasten any hooks and clasps first to prevent them getting caught on anything.

Small mesh laundry bags for delicates

The spin cycle can be a rough time for delicates, so for added protection, stick them in a special bra or lingerie wash bag — these are usually made from mesh — to avoid excessive pulling and tugging.

Do you need a special detergent for lingerie?

You don’t need a special product for washing lingerie; however using Lenor Liquid Fabric Conditioner in addition to your laundry detergent will help protect fibres from getting damaged in the wash.

Line dry

It’s not just washing your delicates the right way that protects them — how you dry your bras can help them last longer, too. Air drying bras will help keep them in like-new condition. Just hang them by their centre to help keep their shape.

How to dry bras fast

If you do need to use a tumble dryer, make sure you dry your bras on the absolute lowest heat setting, and be wary of potential damage that could occur inside the dryer. When in doubt, treat your lingerie as gently as possible.

Next, learn how to wash your delicates

Besides lingerie, certain other fabrics need a little extra care and attention, too. For example wool jumpers and silk blouses should be washed on a delicate or hand-wash setting, and dried flat, and dark denim should be washed inside out to protect fading. Adding Lenor can help protect your delicate fabrics. Find out more about how to care for your delicates below...

Yes, You Can Wash That!