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How to Wash Bras & Panties

Shabby's not chic when it comes to lingerie. Use a little extra care to keep your lace and silk bras and panties looking good.


  • Step 1: Fill sink with warm water and soap Fill your sink with lukewarm water and add a capful of mild detergent.
  • Step 2: Soak dirty bras and panties Soak your dirty garments for 5 minutes, making sure they're completely wet. Gently rub spots or stains, being careful to not catch the lace or snag the silk.
  • TIP: Instead of hand-washing your bras and panties in the sink, you can take them into the shower with you. Use a dab of mild shampoo and squeeze the suds through the material.
  • Step 3: Dry lingerie Roll the wet lingerie in a towel to remove excess water. Lay the garments flat until dry.
  • TIP: Don't use a dryer for your fine bras and panties -- the heat destroys the elastic and the tumbling can ruin underwires.
  • Step 4: Wash everyday undergarments in washer Place dirty everyday bras and panties in a garment bag and wash it in your washing machine on the delicate setting. These garments typically aren't as fragile as lace or silk, but should still air dry.
  • FACT: The $15 million Victoria's Secret Red Hot Fantasy bra has 1,300 jewels, including rubies and diamonds.

You Will Need

  • Mild detergent
  • Towel
  • Garment bag
  • Shampoo (optional)

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