We’ve all been there: a pile of dirty bras and an event to get ready for, with no solution in sight. Most of us do what we’re told never to do — we toss our bra in the washer and cross our fingers it makes it. After all, we’re busy! We have dates and work events and who wants to spend all that time gently hand washing their underwear anyway?
While most lingerie care articles advise hand washing everything you own with no exceptions, we all know that isn’t realistic all of the time. However, that isn’t an excuse to give up on taking care of your lingerie! Lingerie can be expensive and shouldn’t be treated as another disposable piece of clothing. It’s also incredibly easy to mess it up. While you might not put a hole in it or snap a wire, the little abuses add up over time. Ever put on your favorite bra and it just doesn’t quite feel right? That wire probably bent slightly in the dryer. Does it kill your bra forever? No. Is it avoidable? Yes.
Luckily, there are some basic tools and tricks that can help you keep your lingerie looking and feeling as good as new. Even more importantly, doing so doesn’t have to become a major time management hassle. Today we’re going to teach you to clean your lingerie in a realistic way, where one can be both responsible and slightly lazy.
1. Get a lingerie wash basin.
This can be everything from a plastic tub from the dollar store to this luxurious option by The Laundress. Make sure it’s clean and don’t use it for other stuff.
2. Use actual lingerie wash and not laundry detergent.
In a pinch, you can actually use baby shampoo! We tend to prefer options like Soak because you don’t have to rinse it out, which saves you time and effort. Do not be tempted by Woolite unless your lingerie is actually made out of wool.
3. Get a portable drying rack that folds down flat.
These are useful for drying all sorts of delicate clothing, but can also be easily hidden away in some place that guests will never see it in case someone comes over and you need to clean up in a hurry. It also means that your lingerie won’t have to take up valuable space in your bathroom or another room while it’s drying and can be out of sight if you want it to be. When you’re not using it, just fold it flat and stick it in your closet.
4. You don’t have to wash your bras every time you wear them.
For most people during most seasons, every three to four wears is enough. It saves wear and tear on your bra and it saves you time. After all, life is too short to spend it obsessively washing your bras.
5. If you have to use the washing machine, follow some common sense rules.
Putting your lingerie in the washer isn’t great, but it won’t destroy your bra on the first try (probably). What really kills lingerie is heat, which degrades both metal underwires and elastics quickly. If you must wash your bra in the washer, do it on a cold water only gentle or hand wash cycle with the same soap you would hand wash with. Make sure to stick it in a delicates bag first to protect it and your other clothes! Do not stick it in the dryer, no matter how tempting it may seem.
Taking good care of your lingerie will save you time and money in the long run, which is worth a little hand washing! The right supplies will ensure that it takes less time to set up and wash your favorite bras and also help you save space while they are drying. Your bras will have a longer lifespan and feel better on if you keep them out of the washing machine, so think of it as an investment in your comfort rather than a time consuming annoyance!