How to Keep Bras & Panties Looking New

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Lingerie is a substantial part of the clothing budget for most women, but it's money well-spent because fresh, new bras and panties make you feel confident and beautiful, even if nobody sees your undies but you. However, regular wear and repeated laundering eventually causes bras and panties to look worn and shabby. While you can't expect bras and panties to last forever, they last longer, look prettier and provide more support with proper care.

Caring for the Support System

Step 1

Launder bras after every two or three wearings. Wash athletic bras after each wearing.

Step 2

Hand-wash bras in a sink or basin with warm water and a gentle detergent formulated for delicate hand-washables. Soak the bras in the warm water and detergent for up to one hour before washing if the bra is badly soiled.

Step 3

Rinse the bra thoroughly in cool water. Lay the bra flat on a thick towel, then cover it with a second towel and press gently to remove excess water.

Step 4

Hang the bra to finish drying.

Step 5

Store molded cup bras separately from regular bras. Don't bend or fold the cups.

Mentioning the Unmentionables

Step 1

Launder cotton panties in the washing machine with hot or warm water and regular laundry detergent if the care tag indicates that machine washing is safe. Although machine washing is appropriate for most cotton panties, you can also wash the panties by hand.

Step 2

Wash silk, nylon or spandex blend panties by hand, using lukewarm water and a detergent for delicate hand washables. Squeeze the panties gently to remove excess water, but don't twist or wring.

Step 3

Hang-dry panties. Avoid the dryer, which shortens the life of the elastic.