Lingerie Care

Taking care of your lingerie is essential if you want it to stay clean, well fitted, and last a long time! Keeping your intimates clean not only allows them to last longer, but also lowers the risk for any infections. When washing your lingerie you want to keep a few things in mind:

1. It's better to handwash your lingerie versus machine washing.

2. Delicate laundry detergents or mild intimate detergent work best.

3. Hang dry your lingerie ALWAYS!!!

How Often Should I Wash My Bra?

We know how easy it is to let the time get away from you when it comes to how often we wash our bras. However, it's recommended to wash your bra every 2-3 wears.

Experts recommend also to replace your bras every 6-9 months! Even after proper care and storage of lingerie the elastic will eventually become stretched and need to be replaced.  

We go into a little bit more detail about this topic on our blog post, How Long Should My Bra Last. Our best rule of thumb is that your bra should never have a birthday!

Machine vs Hand Washing:

Although machine washing can seem like a much easier and quicker alternative, you will be much happier in the long run by hand washing your lingerie!

Machine washing is very hard on the underwire and elastic in lingerie. It often leads to underwire poking out, premature bra aging, and cup sagging.

Machine washing can come in handy for quick pinches but should be considered a last resort.

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Hand Washing Overview

1. Dab any stains with a mild detergent and gently rub.

2. Fill your sink with cold to lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water.

3. Add a small amount of delicate detergent to the sink.

4. Soak your lingerie in the sink for up to an hour then gently rub the fabric to remove dirt.

5. Rinse in cool water until the water runs clear. Do not wring out the water.

6. Lay garment flat on a towel and then lay another towel over. Press down gently to soak up excess water.

7. Always hang dry your bra.

How to Wash and Store Bras

There are so many important things to keep in mind when it comes to washing and storing bras. They are some of the most important clothing pieces we own so they deserve the most attention!

This is why we have cultivated two additional pages specifically designed to give you the most information possible. Check out our How to Wash Bras and How to Store Bras pages for everything you could ever want to know on these topics!

How to Wash Panties

When washing panties you always want to look at the care instructions on the label. While most underwear can be machine washed with delicate detergents, you never want to machine wash panties made with delicate fabrics or lots of embelishments.

In fact, although most panties are safe to be machine washed its always recommended to hand wash panties. When machine washing panties you want to wash them on a delicate cycle with warm or cold water and hang to dry.

Swimwear Care Guide

Many people overlook their bathing suits when it comes to lingerie care. It's easy to simply strip it off after swimming, throw it over the shower curtain, and then put it back into the drawer once it's dry. Your summer hot looks deserve special care just like your other delicates do!

Although your bathing suits only need to be washed every 3-5 wears, you should ALWAYS rinse them directly after swimming in saltwater or chlorinated water. This is because the chemicals in these types of water are very damaging to the elastics and fabrics swimwear are made out of.

Just like with other lingerie, it is always recommended to hand wash your bathing suits. The same general rules apply as washing bras listed above. They should also be stored completely dry to prevent mildew buildup. We discuss bathing suit care much more in depth in our Washing Swimsuits guide, so take a look before summer comes back around again!

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