This month’s How-To Tuesdays are all about what lies beneath: the Core Wardrobe of lingerie to own, how to choose the right lingerie for an outfit and secret weapons for helping your underthings work even better.
There are many gadgets that will help preserve the life of your undergarments. It is essential to wash and store bras and panties properly to keep them lasting and lifting longer.
Once again I consulted with Bloomers of Georgetown DC for some do’s and don’ts of caring for lingerie.
How to take care of your lingerie
Bloomers recommends hand washing bras if possible. We recommend washing bras about every 2-3 wears with an alcohol free detergent for gentle laundering. It’s also important to build your bra wardrobe so you’ll have a good selection of bras to rotate, giving you more bras to wear and less washing to do.
Understandably, though, not everyone has the time to hand wash their garments. If you do opt for machine wash here’s an easy checklist to help ensure you are taking the utmost care in laundering your bras and panties–including some helpful gadgets that will protect your undies in the washer.
Bra washing checklist
- Hook the backs of your bras.
- Use a mesh bag or a Bra Maid* to separate bras and keep them looking fresh.
- Put similar color items in a lingerie bag.
- Wash on a delicate cycle in cool water with gentle detergent.
- When you take your molded cup bras out of the wash, reshape the cups with your hands. Don’t wring out or stretch your bras.
- Always hang to dry. Never put bras in the dryer because the heat will break down the spandex and you will lose elasticity.
The same goes for other delicate items, like panties and slips. Hand wash if you can, gentle cycle with a very mild detergent if you can’t.
How to store your bras and panties
Molded cups will pucker and bend if inverted or folded, subsequently shortening your bra’s life. Bloomers recommends buying a drawer divider to keep bras and panties organized and safe from damage. Also, when you travel, consider using a bra travel bag to make sure your bras keep their shape en route.
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*Giveaway alert! As a special thank you to Frantic But Fabulous readers, Bloomers is giving away one Bra Maid, an ingenious little item that protects your bras and delicates, whether it’s in the washing machine or the suitcase. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. At the end of the month, one winner will be chosen at random from all commenters on each Tuesday post in August (8/6, 8/13, 8/20 or 8/27).
Learn more about the Core Wardrobe and get a detailed, comprehensive checklist of what to buy in Step 6 of “No More Yoga Pants: How To Dress Better, Shop Smarter and Reclaim Your Style,” the fun, easy-to-follow personal style transformation system. Get instant access today!