How to Clean a Lady's Bra & Panties


Ladies undergarments are considered delicates because there isn't much material and they are often made of delicate materials such as satin, silk and lace. Even cotton bras and panties should be washed with special care, however, to prevent damage to the items.

Hand washing is the safest way to wash a lady's bra and panties, but you can machine wash them if necessary, as long as you take measures to minimize damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild laundry detergent
  • 2 towels
  • Lingerie bags or pillowcases

Hand Washing

  • Fill a clean sink with cool water. As the sink is filling, add a capful of mild detergent. Detergent labeled for use on delicates is preferable.

  • Place the bra and panties in the water. Allow them to soak for at least five minutes. If the items are heavily soiled, allow them to soak for 30 minutes.

  • Gently rub the bra fabric together to loosen trapped soil. In a similar fashion, rub the material of the panties together. Allow both to soak for another five minutes.

  • Drain the water from the sink. Rinse out the bra and panties under cool running water.

  • Refill the sink with cold water. Move the items around with your hand beneath the water to remove more detergent.

  • Drain the water from the sink. Rinse the bra and panties again under cool water from the faucet. Place the items on a dry towel.

  • Press another dry towel on top of the bra and panties to remove more moisture. Allow them to dry flat and in the proper shape or hang them to dry on a clothesline.

Machine Washing

  • Place the bra and panties in separate lingerie mesh bags or, if you do not have these bags, in separate pillow cases and close them with a rubber band.

  • Put the bra and panties in the washing machine. Set the machine to the gentle cycle. Start filling up the machine with cool water.

  • Add mild detergent. Allow the machine to go through a full cycle and then remove the bra and panties promptly.

  • Lay the bra and panties on a towel to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Instead of detergent, you can use a couple of drops of shampoo when hand-washing delicates.

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