In order to keep lingerie fresh and sexy, you need to care for it properly. Just like any piece of clothing, the more you wash it the more faded and worn it will become. Of course, you’re going to want to wash your intimates, but try to wash them only when necessary. When a garment does need to be washed, follow Fully Intimate’s washing methods to ensure a long-lasting life for your lingerie. Although some of these methods may seem tedious, just remember that the more care you give your lingerie, the more times you’ll get to use and enjoy it.
Read the Tags
Check your tags for instructions before using any other washing methods. Manufacturers know the most about their product, so always follow their advice first. If it says dry clean only, there’s a reason for it.
If the manufacturer left you with no instructions or you already cut out your tags, read on to keep your lingerie fresh and sexy:
Before washing, separate your white or light-colored intimates from your dark-colored ones. You don’t want that bright red chemise to make your white panties a grungy pink color.
Most lingerie (especially lace) should be hand washed in cold water with mild soap or a detergent made for hand washing, like Woolite. Don’t forget to fasten any snaps, clasps or buttons to avoid snagging and tearing of the material. Rinse it out when your done and let hang dry. You should never machine dry your lingerie, unless told otherwise. Driers often cause delicates to rip, fade and become misshapen.
Of course, hand washing several of your intimates may seem like a daunting task. Another option is to wash your lingerie using your washing machine’s delicate cycle on cold (not warm!). If you do this, use a lingerie bag or small washing bag to prevent your intimates from getting caught on anything during the wash. And let your lingerie hang dry!
Fabrics, Styles, etc.
Different lingerie fabrics and styles require specific washing methods because some are more delicate than others. Make sure to check below to see what further instructions are required for certain fabrics, styles, and so on...
Nylon (used in hosiery) can be washed using the delicate cycle of your washing machine. It is also one of the rare few that can be dried in a drier; however, always add a dryer sheet to avoid static electricity. Otherwise, your pantyhose will cause quite an annoyance when it sticks to everything it encounters.
Silk is one of the most difficult fabrics to wash because it’s very sensitive to detergents. When washing silk, always use a mild soap or silk-specific detergent. After washing, let the garment sit in warm water for about five minutes, and rinse with cool water. (A teaspoon of vinegar added to the rinse can sometimes help it remove traces of soap.) To dry, lay the lingerie flat in between two towels.
A couple of extra tips to follow when washing silk:
- Don’t scrub or wring silk.
- Silk fades easily, so try to avoid direct sunlight when wearing, washing or storing silk.
- Always clean the entire silk garment, never just a spot or section. Cleaning one area of it will make a stain even more apparent.
- Don’t spray perfume or body splash on silk.
Because corsets can be very expensive, Fully Intimate recommends that you take extra care of them. Most of Fully Intimate’s corsets are made with high-quality steel boning, which can rust when washed too frequently. It’s best to have it dry cleaned by a professional, and still ask for it to be washed by hand.
Getting your corset dry cleaned every time you wear it can be expensive, so follow these tips to avoid frequent washes:
- Clean your corset’s lining with a damp cloth.
- Wear a camisole underneath your corset to prevent perspiration from dirtying it.
- Apply a fabric protector to your corset before wearing it. If you spill anything on it, then you can just wipe it off.