If you want to keep your inner pieces always beautiful, know that there are some tricks to take care of your lingerie so that it lasts longer.
Feel like you’re always shopping lingerie and, even so, the pieces get ugly, worn out and with the elastics loose in a short time? It is possible that you are not washing or storing them properly. Yes, there are some secrets when it comes to take care of the lingerie so that it lasts longer.
Indeed, since the interior items are more delicate, it is important that you do not mix them with other items of clothing when washing, if you want them to last for years absolutely flawless. Or wash them with very hot water.
Below, you’ll find some tricks and tips to keep your bras and panties looking like new for longer. Discover them and stop wasting money in vain.
How to take care of lingerie: 7 must-have tricks
Before washing, sort by color
Even before you start washing your underwear, it is essential that you separate all the pieces by color. Consequently, the white pieces must be on one side, the colored pieces on the other and the black pieces on the other as well.
While many may find this step useless, the truth is that washing pieces of close color together is sure they won’t get smudged and there won’t be any color transfers.
In this sense, if you’ve ever noticed that those white panties have turned black, it’s because you most likely mixed them with dark pieces when washing.
Forget the washing machine
If you are one of those people who likes to put all your clothes and shoes in the washing machine, we have bad news: lingerie should not be machine washed if you want it to last a long time flawlessly.
Because they are delicate pieces, often with lace, technological fabrics and other details, it is very important that they are washed carefully by hand, with a neutral soap specifically for this purpose.
So, set aside an hour a week to take care of your underwear, and you’ll see how the pieces stay beautiful for longer.
Beware of hot water
Also, if you want to take good care of your lingerie items, it is important that you do not wash them with very hot water, as heat tends to damage the fibers. Which, many times, translates into deformed pieces that enlarge or shrink.
In this sense, it is important that you always prefer to wash your pieces with warm or cold water.
If washing by hand for you is unthinkable, do this
If by now you’re rolling your eyes because you really don’t want to have to wash clothes by hand, calm down. Although the washing machine will affect the life cycle of the interior parts, if it is unavoidable to use it, be sure to put the parts in a protective bag.
Also, choose a cycle for delicates, with little hot water and low spin. This will help to minimize the harm of washing the items in the washing machine. And of course, don’t forget to use detergent and fabric softener specifically for delicate clothes.
Always dry your lingerie outdoors
Another important tip for the interior pieces to last longer is, after washing, place them to air dry. Lay them out as straight as possible and wait for them to dry completely before storing. But of course, avoid direct sunlight, so that the fibers are not damaged.
In fact, keeping wet panties or suits can lead to the development of fungi, which are harmful to health.
So, you know: only store it when you are sure it is dry.
As we have already told you, the interior parts are more fragile and delicate. Therefore, with the exception of cotton panties, you should not iron your lingerie.
So, after taking the pieces off the drying rack, fold them carefully and store them directly in the drawer.
Do not fold underwired bras
Bras with padded cups or underwires should not be folded, as this can deform the garment or even bend it. Everything we don’t want, right?
They must therefore be stored one on top of the other, with the cups fitted, and nothing else pressing down on top.
By putting these tips into practice, you will see how your lingerie will not only last longer, but will also remain prettier and with its original colors preserved.
Remember that you must be as careful with the interior parts as with the others. After all, just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful.
Article originally published November 2021. Updated November 2022.