How To Easily Care For Your Lingerie
Many readers who received beautiful lingerie for Christmas have asked how to look after it to ensure they can wear it for years to come.
Most modern lingerie on the market today is available in a wide range of fabrics that are much easier to care for than in years gone past. However, we still need to give a little extra attention to all of our undergarments, especially if we want them to remain in good condition for a reasonable amount of time. Many manufacturer garment tags do state the item can be washed and dried in a machine, but many labels still insist lingerie should be hand-washed only. And although it is undoubtedly more convenient to throw a load of clothes in the washing machine before leaving for work in the morning, a washing machine can do severe damage to a delicate lace trimmed camisole while it is agitating a load of clothes for a thorough cleaning cycle.
Unfortunately, most of us are very busy people with full schedules that do not allow for the luxury of handwashing. The good news is we have several convenient alternatives to choose. Modern washing machines typically have a delicate cycle that will not be quite as harsh on the more delicate lace trims of your lingerie. If you combine your delicate cycle with cold water and a detergent made for delicates, you should have no difficulties with repeated washings of any underwear.
Another alternative is to use your washing machine as a soaking basin by filling it up with cold water and a delicates-friendly detergent, letting it soak for 30 minutes or so, then releasing the water out manually by skipping the other cycles of your machine. Then refill the machine with clear water and let soak another 30 minutes, then repeat the letting out process. This should allow a wash/rinse that will suffice for most normal use.
Another easy alternative to safely clean your lingerie without handwashing is to use a lingerie bag. These bags are inexpensive, readily available at most department stores and made of a durable mesh that will take the abuse of the washing machineís twisting while protecting your lingerie safely inside. We recommend using one bag per garment to avoid tangles. Just place your item inside the lingerie bag, zip it up and toss it into a washing machine filled with cold water and a mild detergent.
Worried about the dryer? The perfect idea is to hang dry instead of using the dryer, as dryers can be unpredictable in their heat distribution; remember that scorching a beautiful silk will permanently destroy the garment beyond repair. However, if you prefer using your dryer, leave the item in its lingerie bag during the drying process and use the lowest possible heat setting you have available. If your lingerie is made of a sheer fabric such as chiffon, then no heat is required to dry the garment. Only use the air fluff feature to blow-dry your lingerie dry as it tumbles safely inside the bag.
"Wearing nice lingerie makes me feel glamorous." - Fergie.
While we make recommendations, please always check the manufacturer's label before washing, drying or dry cleaning any item, for their fabric specific recommendations. We hope these few suggestions will help extend the life of your lingerie and help you to care for it stress-free.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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