It always feels good to get brand new underwear, but after several washes you may find your underwear is not that charming at all, the colors fade, the fabric feels saggy and the waistband elastic droops. Apart from normal wear, improper washing is the main cause of such situation. So, to keep your underwear looks new and feels comfortable, we are here to share you 6 washing tips.
- Check the labels before washing. For underwear made with different materials, you should deal them in different ways. Read the labels first and learn you should wash it with machine or by hand.
- Know about the basic materials. If you can’t read the labels, you can still wash your underwear correctly as long as you know the feature of different materials.
- 100% Cotton: Mashing wash in warm water and air dry in the shade. If you’re in a hurry, tumble dry on the lowest heat setting and remove as soon as dry.
- Stretch Cotton: Machine wash in cold to warm water, don’t use blench or fabric softener, and air dry.
- Microfiber: Wash in cold to warm water on a very basic cycle or permanent press. Synthetics dry very quickly and don’t tolerate heat very well, in fact they can even melt in the dryer. That’s the reason why it’s always best to skip drying your synthetic underwear all together.
- Natural Fibers (Modal, Bamboo, etc): Separate lights from darks and wash separately.
- Sheer or Mesh Fabrics: These fabrics are more delicate than others and run the risk of rips and tears if washed with rough materials like jeans or towels. Wash them in the delicate cycle in cold to warm water and air dry on a flat surface.
- Last but not the least, separate your light underwear from the dark ones, and wash them separately.
- Don’t use a hot dryer. A hot dryer not only fades colors, but can also create friction that will stretch the fabric, elastic, and waistband.
- Don’t dry in direct sunlight. UVA and UVB rays aren’t just damaging to our skin, they also can damage fabric by fading colors and weakening them.
- Don’t use blench or fabric softener. Bleach is a harsh chemical that will damage delicate items like underwear and softener will leave damaging residue there.
- Do hand wash when possible. If you are on the fence about how to properly care for a particular pair of underwear, hand washing is always the best choice.
Tips originally found on underwearexpert.com.