|When we buy lingerie, we are making an
investment in ourselves to feel beautiful and an investment in our relationships
with our lovers by keeping the sensual fires burning. Lingerie
can have sentimental value; there are certain pieces in your collection
that will remind you of an extraordinary Valentine’s celebration, an anniversary
and even your wedding night. With proper care, your intimate wear
can last well beyond the special occasion it was purchased for.
How to Properly
Care for Your Lingerie:
Before you are going to launder your lingerie,
fasten all hooks and buttons, tie any drawstrings or ribbons and zip any
zippers. With everything securely attached, you will avoid the risk
of tangling, misshaping and tearing during the washing process.
Separate your intimate items into like
colored groups. This will keep your colors bright and prevent your whites
items from becoming dingy.
Place your undergarments In a basin filled
with cold water and a mild detergent specifically made for hand washing.
Allow the items to soak for 5 to 60 minutes. Do not over soak or
the fibers and shape of your garment can be compromised.
Rinse each item with cold water until the
water is clear and sud-free when you squeeze the garment. Place the
wet items on a clean towel, blanket with another towel and blot to remove
Do not wring items out, this can bend underwires
and damage fabric. Lay items out flat to dry. (Do not lay items out
in the sun, as colors will fade and fabric will weaken.)
Although not ideal, you may wash your intimate
wear in the washing machine, if you are using a lingerie bag. As
stated above, you should fasten all hooks and buttons, tie any drawstrings
or ribbons and zip any zippers prior to placing your items in the bag.
Place the lingerie bag in a washing machine set to cold temperature and
with a mild detergent a run the washing machine on a short, gentle cycle.
Lingerie should never be placed in the
dryer. After washing, remove your items from the bag and lay them flat
to dry out of the sunlight.
Other tips to
extend the life of your intimate wear:
Wash your lingerie separate from your outwear
To avoid excessive stretching and stress
to the fabric, do not wear the same bra more than two days in a row.
Many bras will lose their supportiveness
after six months of weekly use. Go through your bras every six months
and replace the ones that have been worn excessively.