How to Wash Underwear in the Washing Machine: Specific Suggestions
Be sure to know the correct way to wash your different kinds of underwear. For example, our suggestions on how to wash everyday underwear are quite different from our tips on washing frilly lingerie.
1. Cotton Underwear — Separate into dark colours and white/light colours, and wash separately. Machine wash warm (not hot), and ideally hang dry. If you must, tumble dry at a low heat. Otherwise, hang dry in the shade.
2. Stretch Cotton Underwear — Follow the same suggestions for 100% cotton, but machine wash in cool to warm water.
3. Microfibre and Other Synthetic Fabrics — Any synthetic fabrics made of nylon, polyamide, and spandex are stretchy and quick-drying, but can melt in the heat. Wash in cold to warm water, on a basic cycle (or permanent press). Do not tumble-dry. Only air-dry in the shade.
4. Bras — Read the garment care tags to see if your bra can be machine-washed. Many bras should only be washed on the delicate cycle. You may want to zip up any delicate bras in a mesh bag for protection. Hook your bras closed before washing, so they don’t snag on anything else. Bras should always be hung dry, as the heat and action from a tumble-dryer can permanently misshape most bras. You can read our article about how to wash bras for more information.
5. Delicates: Lingerie, Sheer, or Mesh Undergarments — Again, you may be better off hand washing these items, especially anything silk or particularly lacy or frilly. If the garment care tags say it’s ok, machine wash only on the most delicate cycle. Zip up in a protective bag, and wash these in cold to warm water. Dry flat. We have an article about the best ways to wash lingerie – check it out!
If you choose to hand-wash any underwear, remember not to wring or twist them items dry, as that will damage them. Instead, squeeze or press the water out.
With our handy guide, machine-washing underwear should be a snap. You should no longer dread the steps you need to go through to get clean underwear!