So, you’ve chosen your perfect piece of Fox and Rose lingerie, you receive it through the post all beautifully wrapped up and you try it on. It fits perfectly and you feel like a million dollars but then you begin to worry about wearing it. You want it to stay perfect forever but you’re concerned that all that wearing and washing is just going to make it look old and unwearable before you’ve got your enjoyment out of it. Well, never fear, we’ve put together a whole host of tips to help you take care of your most precious unmentionables so they may last you many years to come.
Even though you love your favourite item, and can’t imagine wearing anything else, don’t wear it constantly as this will wear it out quicker. Keep it for special occasions or only wear it on days when you need a little pep up. This will ultimately allow it to last longer as there will be less strain on it and it won’t get washed as often.
- It may be a bit obvious to say but always read the label. The manufacturer has given you this information for a reason. If it says hand wash then hand wash it, don’t risk putting it on a cold machine wash and ruining it after one wear. If you remove labels from your delicates keep them all together in a safe place near to your laundry area so you can always go back and check.
- If the label says it’s all right to machine-wash an item place it in a lingerie bag before putting it in the washing machine. This will help to keep other items from snagging it. Do up hooks on bras and suspenders before placing them in the bag and use a separate bag for hosiery.
- If you are hand washing an item remove all rings and beware of long nails that may cause any damage. Leave it to soak for half an hour or so before gently rubbing to remove any marks.
- Use a specially formulated delicates washing powder or liquid such as Ecover Delicate Laundry Liquid as this will be less harsh on fine fabrics. If you are machine washing see if it has a delicates setting on the machine. This is usually a quicker and cooler wash than the normal settings.
- Don’t be tempted to wring wet items out and try not to use the dryer as the heat can cause items to misshape. Place them inside a folded towel to allow it to gently soak up any access water, then hang them on an airer or a washing line to dry naturally.
If you have a lot of underwear and struggle for space the first thing to do is see if you can get rid of any. Do you still have items that no longer fit or you haven’t worn for over a year? Throw them away; you’ll never wear them again.
- Invest in drawer liners to protect lingerie from snagging on the bottom of drawers. Look out for any innovative ideas for storing lingerie such as drawer dividers, hosiery bags, small clear plastic boxes and lingerie cases. Keep original packaging if it is going to help store items better – this is particularly useful for stockings and hold-ups as you won’t then find one leg going missing!
- Anything long like nightgowns, chemises, teddies and shapewear should be hung up. Use flat velvet hangers or clip hangers so they take up a small amount of space and don’t fall off the hanger. If you can, try to find velvet hangers that are a light colour rather than black in case the area you are storing them in becomes damp, as the colour may transfer to the clothing. Always remember to keep these items separate from any clothes that may snag on them such as jeans or anything with buckles.
- Bras should always have the hooks closed so they don’t snag on the fabric. It is best to store them flat in a drawer with moulded cups pushed out and one bra underneath the next. This will help to keep the shape of your bras. If you don’t have the space to lay them flat fold them at the front join and tuck one cup behind the other. You can then line up one bra behind the next in the same way.
- Fold knickers in a way that any embellishments such as beading won’t catch on other items. Tuck knickers behind their matching bras so you won’t need to hunt for them in a big pile of other knickers.
- Lay anything like corsets, basques and merry widows flat in a drawer if possible with any lacing tucked inside so they don’t have strain placed on any of the construction elements. Lay a few sheets of acid-free tissue paper in between each one if you’re worried about them catching on each other. If you don’t have the space to lay them flat roll them up so that all boning stays parallel to each other.
If you have any tips of your own, including how you wash your delicates or any ingenious storage ideas, we’d love to know about them. Leave your comments below and share your lingerie care secrets!