October 21, 2021

At BITS, we are all about keeping our fave lingerie at it’s best for as long as possible.

So we asked our friends at The Dirt Company, the eco-friendly laundry brand that’s all about keeping your clothes (and lingerie) as clean as your conscience, to give us the 101 on how to wash our lingerie and keep it looking and feeling great, for longer.

Get the down-low here.


Pic: The Dirt Company

Nothing can indeed make you feel more sexy, empowered and ready to take on the world than slipping some beautiful lingerie on. Delicate in nature and often investment pieces in your wardrobe, follow our five steps to washing silk, lace and delicate intimates to keep them looking beautiful (and you feeling sassy) for years to come.

1. A laundry detergent specifically made for washing delicates like The Dirt Company’s wool and delicate wash.
2. A delicates wash bag.
3. Stain Remover

"It's important to note that laundry liquids made for delicates are not a gimmick."


Delicate formulas contain many of the same ingredients as a regular enzymatic laundry detergent, however, in the case of The Dirt Company's Wool & Delicate wash, the enzymes have been restrained a little. This is so the formula will work on stains (many of which are protein-based), but won't attack natural and delicate fibres like wool, silk and lace (also made from protein). The delicate wash is still powerful but a little less versatile to keep your delicates in one piece.


1. Sort your delicates by like colours and then by structure and detail. Non-wire, cotton and sports bras can go into the washing machine, whereas underwire, lace and pushup bras should always be washed by hand.


2. Treat any stains and remove body oils, make-up or bodily fluids by spot treating with stain remover. Spray directly on the area and allow it to work for a few minutes (up to 30). BITS TIP: Save your delicate undies from stains by wearing period undies at that time of month. It's a good way to extend the life of your fancy undies.


3. Hand wash your delicate lingerie by filling a washtub or basin with cold or warm water and 4 pumps of wool and delicate wash. Submerge and gently wash each item, soaking for up to 30 mins. Rinse under water until the water runs clear. Make sure you don't wring your lingerie.

4. Run a delicate cycle for your bras and undies that you sorted earlier that are OK to go into the machine. Make sure you fasten any clasps and wash in a delicates bag so they don't get twisted, snagged or torn in the machine. Add the appropriate amount of wool and delicate wash depending on your load size (4 pumps for a regular load, 5 for a large load).


5. Line dry your delicates by laying them flat to help them retain their shape. Never put lingerie in the dryer as it can affect the elasticity in your garments. If you’re washing sports bras, heat can negatively affect their moisture-wicking ability.


Written by our friends at The Dirt Company, who are obsessed with laundry, minimising waste, and creating products that do less harm, a better choice.

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