How to Hand Wash Lingerie

Last Updated on January 11, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Wondering how to hand wash lingerie? Learn how to wash delicate underwear with my easy homemade lingerie wash recipe.

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How to hand wash lingerie

How to Hand Wash Lingerie

Lingerie is one of my weaknesses. There’s just something about a romantic bra and panty set that makes me feel pampered. I don’t splurge on myself that often. When I do, I tend to buy higher quality items that I want to last.

Because I want my lingerie to last as long as possible, I wanted to learn how to hand wash lingerie. Good underwear isn’t cheap especially the kind that lifts and supports you when necessary.

I’m a huge fan of Victoria’s Secret and similar stores, and you can easily spend $50 on a good bra. After spending that much money, you want it to last as long as it can.

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Can you wash lingerie in the washing machine?

Whatever you do, please don’t just toss your lingerie in the washing machine with whatever else you’re washing that day. It’s important that you wash lingerie in cool water. Warm or hot water can cause the elastic to stretch and stretchy elastic means no support.

Ideally, your delicates should be washed by hand. If you don’t have time to hand wash your delicates, you can put them through the delicate cycle on your washing machine.

It’s best to put them in a lingerie bag and wash them with other delicates rather than with your jeans or towels.

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Homemade lingerie wash recipe

While you can buy one of those expensive delicate washes, you don’t need to. It’s quite easy to make a lingerie wash that works just as well. You will need:

I love using these bottles for my homemade lingerie wash.

How to hand wash lingerie


  1. Stir the ingredients until well mixed.
  2. Pour it into a clean sink full of warm water.
  3. Hand wash your lingerie well and rinse dry. Never wring or twist the material. If your lingerie is stained, you can let it soak for 5 minutes before rinsing.
  4. Let your lingerie drip dry or lay it flat on a towel. NEVER put it in the dryer. 

I know this takes longer than tossing them in the washing machine, but trust me. They’re worth it.

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2 thoughts on “How to Hand Wash Lingerie”

  1. I think it’s worth taking the time to hand wash lingerie too. I love all my lacy Victoria Secret things that I’ve taken care of over the years. They’re really well made and will last if you clean them properly. Hand washing saves water over the washing machine too!


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