How to Care for Lingerie 101
There seem to be two clans of people in the lingerie care industry. On one side are those who use the protective net (which says it all for its impeccable washing technique), and on the other, those who are a little more careless (I plead guilty here – evil shoemaker shoes) and which end up with fleecy lace and faded fabrics.
Lingerie is made of very delicate and fragile fabrics. It is therefore important to be careful in our washing technique in order to keep them in their best shape for as long as possible.
NEVER MACHINE WASH – A myth?
Yes and no. It is possible to machine wash the lingerie following the following recommendations:
- Place the underwear in a mesh bag (Pssitt! You can also use a pillowcase).
- Use a mild detergent
- Avoid fabric softeners, they can damage the elasticity of the lingerie
- Wash on gentle cycle
- Wash with lukewarm water
- Select a low spin speed
It is always best to stick to the care instructions on the label. You don't understand the language of these thousand and one symbols? Do not panic! I have prepared a short summary for you right here:
On the other hand, we cannot hide the fact that the good old technique of washing by hand outperforms the washing machine if we want to preserve our lingerie. Hand wash… easy to say, but how exactly do you do it? Here is the procedure to follow:
- Soak your underwear in warm, soapy water (soap for delicate fabrics) for about 5 minutes.
- Rinse your lingerie thoroughly with clean, lukewarm water until there are no traces of soap left.
- Gently wring your underwear – do not wring.
- Let your lingerie dry in the open air, flat and preferably in the shade.
TIPS TO REMEMBER
- Avoid heat sources to avoid damaging the fibers.
- Wash your lingerie promptly after exercise, as perspiration can stain the fabric.
- Wash your underwear separately from your other laundry.
- Washing lingerie by hand remains the #1 choice.
Equation to remember to keep your LICA underwear for a long time:
Lincoln & Catherine