What You Don't Know Could Ruin Your Lingerie
Let me be completely honest with you. I didn't always know that there actually is a proper way to care for your intimates, especially for bras. I always thought that you would just take it off at the end of the day and throw it in the hamper until laundry day came around then tossed it in to wash with the rest of your clothes. Boy was I wrong. Now I know why I was constantly replacing my bras due to underwire popping out, hooks falling off, etc. Oh and don't get me started on the time spend trying to untangle my bras from my pantyhose. Ha, that felt like it took forever to undo.
Here are some important tips:
- Never wash you lingerie with Woolite®. It causes fabric pores to clog.
- Do not dry your lingerie in a dryer because the heat breaks down the Lycra, Spandex and Elastic.
- Don't line dry garments in the sun to prevent any fading.
Soon after starting to work with BiggerBras.com I began to learn more and more about lingerie and how to properly care for it. You would think that being a woman and wearing a bra for so many years would have taught me all there is to know about lingerie care. Well, let me be frank, all those years didn't teach me much since I was doing everything completely wrong. Yes, it took me a while to learn these great tips I am about to share with you but I am so glad I finally did learn them. I want to save you time and money by sharing some lingerie care tips with you.
I have come to think of my bras as my most powerful yet delicate articles of clothing. They endure hours of wear yet need special attention and care in order to do their job properly. Your bra will care for you the same way you care for it.
You can use your sink or a deep pail to wash your bras/lingerie. Fill it up with cold water and dissolve some gentle detergent such as Ivory Snow, Dreft, Baby Shampoo or Lingerie Wash (Forever New is great. This is what I use.). Soak your garment for a minute or two then gently rub them with your hands making sure that you are using enough water to remove all traces of sweat, lotion, perfumes and oils that may accumulate on the garment. Once you are done cleaning the garment rinse it with cold water to remove the detergent. At this time you want to remove the excess water from the garment. Don't wring or twist the garment because doing this may ruin the shape of the garment and cause wrinkles. Just place the garment between two clean towels and gently press to remove the water. At this time you may drip dry it or lay it flat to dry.
I recommend washing your garments by hand but if you prefer to use a machine please keep the following tips in mind: Please use a lingerie bag so that your garments don't snag or twist up. Fasten all hooks and eyes to prevent them from tangling. Set machine on delicate cycle and use gentle detergent. Lay it flat to dry or drip dry. Don't throw it in the dryer because this causes the Lycras and Elastics to break down. This is why you may be seeing little pieces of elastic (they look like little hairs) sticking out from the fabric.
Storing your Lingerie
- Prevent any snagging by storing your lingerie separately.
- Underwire Bras can be safely folded in the middle.
- Molded Cups Bras/Padded Cups should be laid flat to maintain their shape.
- Merry Widows, Bustiers and Corsets should be rolled length wise so that the boning doesn't bend. Always lay them flat.
Packing your Lingerie
- When traveling, always pack your lingerie in the same way you would store them.
- All toiletries should be packed safely in baggies. This prevents them from spilling on your intimates and ruining them.
Tip: Watch out for Velcro Closures in your suit cases and clothing to prevent them from getting caught on your garments and causing snagging.
DON'T iron your lingerie. To get rid of wrinkles use gentle steaming.