It’s no secret that washing delicate clothing can be tricky. Sometimes the label doesn’t have washing instructions, and even if it does, it can be hard to decipher or you might not have the time or energy to follow every little detail.
We’ve compiled some tips and tricks on how to wash your delicate laundry to give you a better idea of how to clean your more sensitive fabrics. For more washing advice, check out our other blogs!
Hand Washing vs. Machine Washing – What You Should Know
When washing delicates, hand washing them is typically the best option. Hand washing is the most effective way to keep your delicates in the best condition and it also allows you to control the temperature and amount of pressure used at each stage of the cleaning process.
It is important to note when hand washing, using a laundry detergent meant for delicates is important. In your sink or tub, combine the detergent with cold or warm water, and gently swirl your garments around the mixture. Remove stains by gently rubbing them as needed.
While hand washing is typically the best option for protecting your delicate clothing long-term, we understand that hand washing is not always an option – and a lot of washing machines have settings that are fine for delicates.
Washing machines typically include a “delicates” cycle, allowing you to save time and energy on hand washing. If your washing machine doesn’t have a setting meant specifically for delicates, make sure to put it on the gentlest setting option – typically with cold water.
To Dry or Not to Dry?
When it comes to delicate laundry, it’s a good rule of thumb to avoid using a dryer and opt for air-drying instead. This is because dryers are notorious for shrinking and/or fading delicate materials. (We have a whole blog about drying your delicates too!)
Be careful when choosing how to air-dry your garments. Some garments can dry by hanging on a hanger. However, drying on a hanger can damage heavier garments, like sweaters, because the weight of the damp fabric uses gravity to pull and stretch the garment down. A safer bet is to ‘flat-dry’ your garments by laying them flat to dry on a perforated surface.
However, if you have a dryer with an air-dry or air-fluff-only setting, you could place your delicate garments in mesh bags and dry them for half a cycle (making sure to check the clothing label first to ensure this is okay), then lay your items flat or on a line to dry, away from direct sunlight.
Delicate Laundry Detergents
When washing your delicates, you’ll want to be mindful of the type of detergent you’re using. Some standard laundry detergents may be too harsh for certain fabrics, causing them to tear, fade, or shrink.
The best detergent for delicate laundry typically includes gentle ingredients and a pH that is close to neutral to clean without damaging the fibers of the fabric.
Some detergents are designed to provide extra care for a specific fabric but there are also good all-purpose detergents designed to be extra-gentle if you don’t want to deal with purchasing multiple products. Just make sure to look for a detergent that is free of harsh synthetic chemicals such as sulfates, bleaches, and brighteners.
These are some of our favorites!
Made for sensitive skin, it comes in recyclable and compostable cardboard packaging, which helps reduce single-use plastic.
The Laundress laundry detergent blends the finest modern perfume into the brand’s best-performing detergent formula.
Each bottle contains just four ingredients. There are no suds involved, just a deep clean that leaves your delicate laundry intact.
At the end of the day, washing your delicate laundry does not have to be a stressful or difficult experience. You can keep your delicates in excellent condition for a long time if you add just a few extra steps to your regular laundry process.
2ULaundry now offers a Delicate Laundry Bag!
You can now choose which items get which treatment! This Delicates Bag is a flat-rate bag that you can stuff full of your delicate laundry.
The Delicate Laundry Bag is for your wash-and-fold garments that need gentle washing and air drying. For some people, it’s used for a few pairs of their favorite jeans. For others, it’s for workout gear and leggings. However you decide to use this delicates bag, rest assured that the garments in this bag are getting specialized and separate treatment from the rest of your order.
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