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Should You Hand Wash Your Lingerie?

by Nicola Rodney-Crook on October 07, 2015

Bras and Honey are constantly being asked the question, “Should you hand wash your lingerie?” As so many of our customers want to know the best way to wash their bras, we thought we would it was best to outline the best ways to wash your intimates.

Wash & Care

Looking after your lingerie is essential to making you lingerie last longer. To get you started there are three key points to keep in mind while washing your underwear:

- Hand washing is the more preferred option over machine washing

- Non-bio washing powder is best for your delicates

- Hang drying will be much kinder to your lingerie

We would recommend that hand washing you bras roughly every 2-3 wears with non-bio washing powder for a gentle wash. It is also worth having a wide selection of bras for rotation. This helps make your bras last longer, because you wear and wash them less. Depending on how many bra you rotate between, your bras should last between 6-9 months. The elastic can become worn and loose, which means your bra band cannot give you the correct support.

How to Hand Wash Your Bras

You can prolong the life of your delicate by follow easy steps.

- Fill your sink or basin with lukewarm water and non-bio washing powder

- Soak your lingerie for around an hour

- Gently rub the fabric together to remove any dirt

- Rinse under cool water until you see the water run clear

- Lay your garments out flat on a towel

- Place another towel on top and press down to remove excess water

- Then always hang dry

Machine Washing your Bras

We do not recommend machine washing, but if you do, a lingerie or mesh bag is a great way to separate your lingerie and keep them fresh. But please always hand wash very delicate bras, by hand as they can be ruined instantly.

- Hook the backs of your bras

- Put only similar items in colour together in the lingerie bag

- Wash on a delicate cycle in cool water and non-bio washing powder

- For moulded cup bras, be sure to reshape the cups once taken out of the wash

- Do not ring your bras out or stretch your bras

- Always hang dry and never put you bras in the dryer as this deteriorates the elasticity

Washing Shapewear

Wash your shapewear in cool to warm water, and line or air dry to preserve the elastic.

Storing Your Bras

We are all guilty of just throwing our underwear into one drawer, but we should keep our moulded bras separate. Moulded cups can pucker and bend out of shape if they are inverted or folded, and this can shorten your bras life dramatically. We suggest that you hang you moulded bras up or store them in a separate drawer with drawer dividers.


Laundry Fabric Tips


- Can be washed on hot temperatures

- Bleach is safe for 100% cotton whites

- Can be dried on high heat

- Can be ironed on hot temperatures

Microfibres (acrylic, nylon, polyester):

- Can be machine on cold or warm temperatures

- Can by machine dried on low temperatures


- Hand or machine wash in cold or warm water but never hot temperatures

- No bleach

- Can line dry or machine dry on a very low temperature

I hope we have cleared up the question should you hand wash your lingerie. Do you hand wash your lingerie? Tell us your washing habits in a comment below.



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