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How To Properly Look After Lingerie

We know lingerie can be one of the most complex parts of our wardrobes when it comes to care, but that’s no excuse to leave your favourite set at the back of your drawer. Lingerie is the foundation of your wardrobe, so it’s important to look after your pieces properly. We’re answering some of the most common questions to help you launder with confidence.

DO I WASH IT ALL BY HAND?

Every piece of lingerie doesn’t require the same amount of attention when it comes to washing. Many pieces such as non-padded or underwired bras, knickers and shapewear in less delicate materials like cotton, or synthetics can be washed in a machine on a gentle cycle. We’d also recommend using a mesh laundry bag in the machine. However, silk, fine lace, and structured or padded bras should be washed by hand.
When hand washing, it’s important to soak for about 10-15mins in a basin of water and gentle detergent, like our Wool, Silk and Delicates Wash. This will help to lift off the dirt before rinsing and repeating in fresh water and detergent solution.

Whether you’re washing pieces in a machine or by hand, be sure to wash them at the correct temperature for the type of fabric and the colour. Always wash similar colours together to avoid any colour run or staining.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WASH MY BRAS?

It's topic often debated, but the general rule is after two to three wears. Particularly hot days may call for a gentle clean after each wear. If you’re wondering how to keep your bras fresh between washes, try hanging them in a room with good ventilation.

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WHAT ABOUT SHAPEWEAR AND HOSIERY?

Though shapewear is sturdier than lingerie, it should still be treated delicately. Like activewear, it’s made from synthetic, elastic fibres that maintain their form after being stretched. If the garment label says that it’s machine washable, still stick to gentle, delicate cycles and never tumble dry.

As for hosiery, they’re as delicate as delicates get! Always hand wash them alongside lingerie of similar colour. If you’d rather wash them in the machine, be sure to use a mesh laundry bag to avoid snags, along with a delicate cycle and delicate detergent, and again, never tumble dry!

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SHOULD I USE A LAUNDRY BAG?

Absolutely. When it comes to lingerie laundry, these little mesh bags are your best friend for keeping your delicates safe if you’re machine washing. It protects your pieces from the throws of a spin cycle, bras are less likely to come out misshapen, lace won't get shredded, and tights won’t get tangled. Plus, you’ll never lose anything to the mysterious machine again.

WHAT KIND OF DETERGENT SHOULD I USE?

All lingerie should be washed with a gentle detergent like our Wool, Silk and Delicates Wash. It’s formulated to gently, yet effectively clean your pieces, whilst also being kind to your skin and leaves your lingerie with a warm, luxurious scent.

HOW DO I DRY?

Always, and we stress, always air-dry lingerie. Either hang them on a washing line, on a hanger in a cool, dry place or dry them flat on a towel.

 

By following our tips and tricks it really is easy to Kair lovingly for your lingerie. Taking Kair of your intimates will keep them and you looking beautiful for years to come.  

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