Intimates Care

Washing Bras

Hook your bra together to keep it from catching or tangling. A lingerie bag is your best bet for keeping bras separate. Wash on a delicate cycle in cool water with gentle detergent. Never put bras in the dryer because the heat will break down the spandex and you will lose elasticity.

Washing Panties

You may want to wash most of your panties by hand. For the machine-
washable ones, wash on a delicate cycle in cold to warm water, not hot. Line dry.

Washing Shapewear

Wash in cool to warm water, not hot, with non-chlorine bleach when necessary. Line dry or air dry to preserve the elasticity of the garment.

Tips for Best Lingerie Laundering Results

• Towels are notorious for filling your machine with lint that your lingerie will pick up
• Heavy materials like denim are notorious for tangling up bras and stretching them out
• Dark colors are notorious for bleeding and turning your white bras grey
• The best results will come from washing by hand or with a lingerie bag

Laundering Guide by Fabrics

Cotton:
• Can handle hot temperatures
• Chlorine bleach is safe for 100% cotton whites
• Color-safe bleach can be used with dyed cottons
• Can be dried on high heat
• Can be ironed on hot

 

Microfibers (acrylic, nylon, polyester):
• Can be machine-washed on cold to warm temperatures
• Can be tumbled dry on low temperature

 

Rayon:
• Most rayon garments must be professionally dry cleaned
• Some can be hand washed in cool water

 

Silk:
• Professional dry cleaning is always the preferable method for washing silk
• If you must hand wash, use cold water and never chlorine bleach

 

Spandex:
• Hand or machine wash in cold to warm water, never hot
• No chlorine bleach
• Color-safe bleach can be used, but be sure to rinse thoroughly
• Line dry or tumble dry on a very low heat setting

 

How to Hand Wash:
You can preserve the life of your hand-washables by following a few simple steps.
• Fill your sink with lukewarm water and Woolite or another hand washing detergent
• Soak lingerie for 10-15 minutes
• Gently rub the fabric together to remove dirt
• Rinse in cool water (until the water runs clear)
• Lay garment flat on a towel
• Lay another towel over top and press to remove extra water
• Hang dry over a drying rack