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Vintage Delicates and Intimates: A Care Guide

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Ladies, finding a quality bra or pair of undies can be quite the struggle. We are all different shapes, sizes, and colors, and our intimates need to speak to that! And when we do find that perfect piece, the last thing we want to do is ruin it by just throwing it into the washing machine. There is no blaming the manufacturers for that one.

Cleaning your intimates can be an incredibly delicate matter (wink, wink). Both how you clean them and how you store them can make a huge difference in how long they are going to last. If you shelled out the big bucks on a gorgeous, lacy bra, you most definitely should try and make that thing last forever! So if you’re one to invest in some high-quality stuff, keep reading.

Let’s start off with the basics. I don’t need to tell you how often you should be washing your underwear (hopefully), but as for bras, it is recommended that you wash it after five to seven uses. And the best way to wash it is by hand-washing. Now this may sound tedious, but it’s truly not as tortuous as you would think. It’s just four easy steps:

Step 1: Separate your darks from your lights.

Step 2: Prepare a sink of warm water with a delicate wash mixed in. Try and find a wash that is specifically for lingerie.

Step 3: Taking the lights first, grab your first piece and swish it around in the water, rubbing the “dirtier” parts lightly with your fingers.

Step 4: Rinse, gently squeeze to get out excess water and lay flat to dry. Ain’t no thing.

If this sounds like too much for you, there’s also an option to soak them. Step 1 and 4 will be the same, you’ll just prepare cool water with the same soap, and let them soak for 45 minutes to an hour. Using cool water for this method is incredibly important because if you allow the water to be too warm, the elastics will start to breakdown. This can cause some shrinking.

Now, if you must use a washing machine, you’re going to want to do the following: use a gentle cycle with warm water, with the same delicate soap, and put your bras and undies in a lingerie bag before throwing them in. The bag ensures that they won’t get snagged or twisted. A clean pillowcase will also work. And girl, don’t you ever, ever put your lingerie in the dryer. Ever. We don’t want to spite the lingerie goddesses do we?


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