How To Wash Lingerie At Home (7 Hacks You Must Know)

Every women has a close relationships with her bras and undies everyday. They support us, shape up and makes us stay gorgeous in every outfit and style. Learn a few tips for how to wash lingerie at home so that you don’t ruin your delicates.

But, sometimes they are really complicated to take care of, especially when they are made of lace, and have stains or funky smells even after multiple washes. It really isn’t that hard and take time to clean your favorite bras and underwear with these simple lingerie cleaning hacks!

 

Lingerie Cleaning Hacks

Luckily, there are hundreds of thousands of ways to clean your lingerie without risk of damaging or deforming it. To help the complicated relationship with your lingerie, here are top 7 expert lingerie designer approved ways to clean and care tips.

Helpful for how to properly take care of lingerie, and how not to destroy it in the wash. These simple lingerie cleaning hacks are sure to freshen up your undergarments.

 

How To Wash Lace Underwear lace Lingerie cleaning hacks

Lace is a beautiful fabric but delicate material so we really need to know correct way to wash in order to preserve your favorite lace bra and lace undies.

Read the garment care label and unless it is specified, hand wash in warm water using a mild homemade laundry soap or lingerie detergent without enzymes. When hand washing, do not rub nor hand wring.

If you are lazy and running out of time and need to use washing machine, the best way is to put your under garments in a laundry bag and use the delicate or gentle cycle.

All lace materials must dry out of direct sunlight and also dry lace flat.

 

Stain Removal Tips For Underwear

remove stain Lingerie cleaning hacks

Fill a bow or in sink with 1/4 hydrogen peroxide to 3/4 ice cold water. Soak the underwear for an half and hour or so. Check before you remove underwear from the mixture. If it looks better, remove and rinse with lukewarm water. If not, allow to soak a bit longer. Either hang to air dry or use the dryer depends on underwear material.

 

Hand Wash vs. Machine Wash Your Bra

hand washing Lingerie cleaning hacks

Hand washing and air drying bras are always the best ways for long lasting your lingerie. The only way to protect the hooks and straps is to hand wash clothes. And even you machine wash with lingerie bag, be sure to drip dry.

 

Dryer Or Not Dryer: That’s The Question!

dry Lingerie cleaning hacks

Never, ever, under any circumstances put your bras in the dryer! The heat will deform the shape and will damage the fabric which will decrease the elasticity.

The proper way to dry any lingerie, you should always lay it flat on a drying rack or hang over a waterproof surface. Do this at night, you’ll have clean, dry bras and underwear ready to wear in the morning!

 

Why Use Salad Spinner To Wash Lingerie

Sounds crazy, right?  But using a salad spinner works when you are washing and drying your lingerie faster and effortlessly is a “ecofriendly” lingerie cleaning hacks.

To start, fill the spinner with warm water and add a small drop of laundry detergent. Place your bra in the water until well soaked about 10 minutes. Then, start spinning! Dump the dirty water and rinse our the salad spinner. Refill it with some cold water and place your bra back in.

Spin until the water is clear to make sure there is any dirt or detergent left over. Once there will be no more dirty water comes out, our out the water and put your bra back into the empty spinner. Now, it’s time to dry! Start spin to remove as much as water as possible, and then hang to dry.

 

How To Get Sweat Stain Out Of Bras

sweat stain Lingerie cleaning hacks

Pro lingerie cleaning hacks: When removing sweat stains, use hydro-peroxide. Soak the bra in a lingerie detergent and water bath, and add hydro-peroxide to the solution. Swirl the bra around in the soapy solution, rinse and hang to dry. If needed scrub the stains carefully, while making sure to preserve the form of the cups.

 

How To Store Lingerie

Lingerie storage tips

Cleaning often after wearing your favorite bras will last long. But properly storing your fresh washed bras and underwear will last much longer!

As for bras, store them standing up in a row, with cups inside of each other to help them hold their shape. NEVER EVER fold them in half!

Lingerie drawer dividers and boxes can also be great tool to help bras stand up tall when they don’t want to on their own.

 

When determining how often to wash your bras, you need to take the season or weather consideration and how often you’ve worn each bra. Every two to four weeks is usually ideal for frequently worn bras, but if you have more and wear each style less often, you can wait up to 6 weeks to do the washing. You should also never be wearing the same bra for two days in a row because letting the bra rest in between days helps to keep the shape and elasticity of each style.

On and one more last tip! To make every morning easier to find your favorite bra in the perfect shade for your outfit, color coordinate both your bras and underwear from lightest to darkest that way it will look super organized and will make you happy smile every time you open the drawer!

How do you wash and care for lingerie at home?

Share your bras and underwear cleaning hacks!

XOXO

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I graduated with a bachelors of fine arts degree in fashion design. I worked in the fashion industry as a lead designer for major brand name labels such as Stitch Fix, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and Dillards. Now, I am the founder of the website Fashion Wanderer where I share current fashion trends, style tips and how to build a capsule wardrobe collection.

37 Comments
  1. I always handwash my bras but OMG using a salad spinner is a genius idea! I’m going to try that next time.

  2. This make me give a double thought on how important it is to take care of your under garments. I’m totally missing out on this. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ooops! I have been drying my bras for years (and yeah, they don’t look so good). I just got some new ones and I will definitely hand wash them next time and let them air dry. Thanks for the many tips. You make taking care of undergarments seem much less complicated!

  4. I’m really bad about destroying my undergarments by just throwing them in the laundry with the regular wash which means they do not last. Thank you for the tips.

  5. I usually hand wash most of mine because I end up not risking any damage when it comes to the washing machines’s crazy spinning cycle.

  6. I started doing some of this after I spent more money than I should on a bra! It really helps keep in newer longer.

  7. These are great tips for washing your delicates. I will have to pick up a salad spinner. I would have never thought to use one.

  8. Thank you for these tips. I really had no idea how to wash lingerie. I would put it in the delicate cycle and sometimes it would get ruined. I’ll keep your suggestions in mind.

  9. I tend to handwash lace underwear because like you said it helps preserve it more effectively! I like the sound of the peroxide mix to get rid of stains as well, especially if you have been on your period!

  10. Thank you for the tips. I definitely needed this. I screenshotted and bookmarked this to come back to when I have a stain, etc.

  11. These tips are so useful. We end up spending so much on lingerie and it gets damaged if not washed properly.

  12. After reading this, I am honestly doing almost everything wrong. ha! Thank you for this, I will make sure to follow these tips from now.

  13. Great ideas for washing your sexy lingerie. My hubbie does all the wash, I am lucky like that.

  14. Useful tips for taking good care of undergarments. Before reaching out the wallet better to consider saving the ones we already have.

  15. Well if I had fancy lingerie this would be awesome but since I am on the farm every day – nope. I need to stick with more practical undergarments. Good tips though.

  16. I accidentally threw my favorite lace bra into the washer with a bunch of black clothes. I no longer have that lace bra. Question on the peroxide? It doesn’t bleach the clothes like it does teeth?

  17. Thanks for your tips.
    I also use a mesh laundry bag for my underwear to and washing it gently.

  18. I used to hand wash mine but now I’m too lazy for that so I use a laundry bag however I do not put them in the dryer.

  19. I always use the gentle cycle. I then skip the dryer and hang them to dry. Works every time!

  20. These are amazing tips. I haven’t worn lingerie in forever but there’s still gentle items I need to wash more carefully.

  21. When I have the time I lay it out to dry, but there are often times I have to have a bra right now and put it in the dryer. I also try to use a lingerie bag as much as possible for the washing.

  22. This is such an educative and informative post! Knowing how to look after your garments saves from buying over and over again. Another good tip (this comes from my grandma) is to iron underwear items :D.

  23. Never in a million years would I have thought about using a salad spinner. In fact, I have an extra that I’m going to repurpose for just this very thing. Whoever thought of this is a genius and it’s always the quirky tips like this that turn out to be the best. My bras will definitely thank-you! x

  24. Hydrogen peroxide is great for getting stains out of all clothing, especially if it’s blood. Pre-soaks help for the stubborn stains.

  25. I prefer hand wash to machine wash all of my lingerie and so that they can last longer. But sometime I have some difficulties with the stain. Now I have found the solutions. Thanks for sharing all those useful tips.

  26. I have a OCD for cleaning. I want everything spic and span at all times. Using salad spinner is such a good idea I never thought of. Lovely tips for lingerie care. Thanks for sharing

  27. yes!!!!! I’ll never ruin another fancy pair of panties again! hahaha You wouldn’t believe how many I ruined. Side note yours are all darling!

  28. Oh my goodness! I have been doing everything all wrong. No wonder I have problems after drying bras in dryer and having hooks catching everything. Great tips.

  29. I’ve always washed my delicates with Woolite®. However, these are great tips/hacks as well.

  30. These are some great tips! I always hand wash my lingerie because the one time I tried machine washing them gave very bad results. I got t try Hydrogen peroxide too.

  31. It’s crazy how I often just chuck my lingerie with the rest of my clothes and don’t think much of it and often wonder why they never last. Great tips

  32. I love the name of your blog. But girl I barely wear bras. I tend to go braless as it’s easier for most of my tops.

  33. I have to admit, none of my lingerie is that delicate enough that it needs to be hand washed (or salad spinner spun haha). I don’t have any nice feminine pieces like this, but the ones you’ve got here are beautiful x

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