I am wondering how to clean and store my lingerie.
Blue Boutique had my answer… “Alright ladies! You all know how to rock lingerie, so lets learn how to properly wash and store these intimate items. Here at Blue Boutique, we can help you learn how to care for those dedicates, so that you’ll have them for years to come. First, it is very important to read the care tags on the lingerie in order to keep from damaging it. Some products will say “dry clean only.” This is very important to follow. The makers of each lingerie line know their products. It can be a bit of a pain, but it’s much better than ruining your new lingerie and basically throwing your money away. Most lingerie is “hand wash only.” There are a few items that say “machine wash,” which you can, but I still always hand wash them. It’s less harmful to the delicate materials. If your washer has a delicate or hand wash setting, and you wish to use it, make sure to put all of your lingerie into a mesh bag so they don’t potentially snag on the agitators. When it comes to detergent, make sure you are using a very gentle, bleach free detergent. Personally, I recommend using a lingerie specific detergent. We carry several different types of these, so here are your options:
DONA by JO: This lingerie wash comes in a range of different scents to choose from, including, goji berry (my favorite!), pomegranate, acai, blue lotus, camu camu and mangosteen. It is a paraben free, cruelty free, and an all natural product. To start washing your lingerie, add ½ cup of DONA lingerie wash with 1 gallon of lukewarm water. Soak for 5-10 minutes while gently hand washing items. Rinse, but do not scrunch up lingerie. Put items flat on a towel, fold it up, and roll it while putting pressure on it. This will safely soak up the water. If lingerie is lace, NEVER hang dry it. This will cause the lace to stretch out and deform. Always lay it flat to dry.
Eucalan: This is a no rinse, delicate wash. This product is a non-toxic, biodegradable, phosphate free, natural lanolin enriched formula. This line does have different scents as well and they are: lavender, eucalyptus, jasmine and grapefruit. They also make an unscented wash. There are a few different ways this product can be used.
– Hand wash:
Fill basin with tepid water and add 1 tsp of Eucalan with 1 gallon of water. Squeeze lingerie gently and soak for at least 15 minutes. There is no need to rinse! Follow the same drying directions I gave for the DONA care.
– Top loader washing machine:
Fill machine with tepid water and add 1 tsp of Eucalan per gallon of water. Stop the washer and add lingerie. Gently squeeze articles and then let soak for 30 minutes. By- pass the rinse cycle and put it on the spin cycle. Same drying care as stated above.
– Front loader washing machine:
Load lingerie and select the cold water setting. Add Eucalan to the fabric softener drawer. Put on delicate setting and you may use the spin option for this one. Same drying care as stated above.
Now that you know how to properly clean your lingerie, I’m going to give you a few tips on how to store them:
Never smash your bra into a drawer if it has any kind of padding in the cup. This will cause it to lose its shape. Always lay them in your lingerie drawer nice and neat. I would do this with any bra whether it is padded or not.
For other lingerie, fold it nicely and put them in the drawer. There are lingerie dressers you can buy if you have the means to do so, otherwise you may want to designate a specific drawer for your intimates.
Make sure to not over-fill the drawer, as this will wrinkle your garments.
I wouldn’t hang anything up because of the potential to stretch out the garments.
To keep your lingerie smelling fresh, you can put a dryer sheet in the drawer or even a mesh bag with rose petals in it.
Remember, it may take a little extra effort, and follow these simple care directions, you will prolong the life of your lingerie and keep you looking sexy for years to come!