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Caring for your Lingerie

Caring for your lingerie can be a question that almost every woman asks herself and usually she is often disconcerted by the amount of work that has to go into the overall care of these items. I am often amazed when I pull out a small scrap of material that I can’t simply roll it into a ball, toss it in the washing machine and walk away.

I mean, how can something that is only seen by a handful, or less, of people need so much care. I am usually amazed when I see the words, “Dry Clean Only” emblazoned across the top of my latest teddy and I color in embarrassment at the knowing look my drycleaner will give me as I try to fold them into some other outfit.

Even with these amazements, lingerie still requires care and there are a few helpful tips that can make caring for you lingerie much easier.

1. If it says, “Dry Clean Only” then you should follow the direction s to get the most life out of your lingerie. Take it to the dry cleaners and ignore the sly looks that you receive when you do.

2. Cost can be a big deterrent to taking your lingerie to the dry cleaners, or you may be, like me, a little shy about sharing your undies. If this is the case, hand washing your lingerie using cold water will work just as well. Never use hot water since colors can bleed and your lingerie can shrink. Use laundry soap for delicates, one that has sodium lauryl sulphate in it. After they are cleaned and rinsed thoroughly, squeeze, not wring, the excess water out. Hang them to dry on a plastic hanger or spread them out on a sweater rack. Allow them to dry completely before putting them away.

3. For items that can be machine washed, purchase a lingerie bag. Place about three items in the bag before you wash them. The lingerie bag will keep them from becoming tangled. Never place them in a dryer after they are washed, instead; pull them out of the bag and hang dry.

4. Keep your lingerie out of the hands of your significant other. I know, I know, don’t you want them to be handled, I mean, that is, after all, one of the main points but I am referring to washing them. I have lost count with the number of bras, chemises, and other lingerie that my helpful husband has ruined because he wanted to help me out by doing the laundry. His learning curve is atrocious and we still have arguments over how you properly wash lingerie.

5. When you wash bras or any lingerie with hook or snaps, make sure you fasten them to prevent snags.

6. Once your lingerie is clean and completely dry, store it either on hangers in your closet or in a drawer. To prevent any snags from minute splinters, line your drawers with one or two sheets of white tissue paper.

And that is all you need to know to ensure that your lingerie lasts for longer than the style is actually popular.

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