7 tips to keep your undies fresh

How do you wash your underwear? Seems straight forward enough, doesn’t it? Truth is, you probably haven’t put a whole lot of thought or importance into this, and that is completely understandable. I mean, with today’s hectic on the go lifestyle, who has the time to do anything? Let alone, how to maintain ones underwear.

Most of us don’t think twice when doing the laundry. Everything goes into the same load at whatever the default settings are set on.  What is wrong with that, you ask? Simply, put washing your underwear with the rest of the load will eventually make them fall apart faster, tear, fade and stretch out.

Don’t worry; we’ve put together a simple and easy guide on what you should do to maximise the longevity of your underwear. (Check out the video here!)

1. Wash with care in cold water

Hand wash in cold water, as hot water wears out the fabric and elasticity, especially in the waistband.

2. Use gentle cycle

I get it; we don’t all have the time to hand wash each piece. So if you’re going to use the machine, wash it on delicate cycle and use a wash bag.

3. Use colour safe detergent

Use a colour safe detergent and do not bleach, unless you like that washed out, “I’ve had my underwear for 20 years look’

4. Turn undies inside out when washing

This will keep your undies looking new and fresh

5. Hang dry in the shade 

Air-drying your underwear in the shade will greatly increase the longevity of your underwear. Just like the hot water, high temperatures from the dryer or iron or even the sun will wear out the fabric and elasticity much faster.

6. Maintain your underwear, cut loose threads

This may seem like a tedious thing to do but you’ll thank me later. Cut those loose threads and remove those lint and pill balls. This will keep them from catching onto anything else and will also make them look and feel brand new (somewhat).



7. Wash them ASAP and store them right 

Keep your clean underwear separate from the rest of your clothes, especially your gym gear. Better yet, just keep all underwear and the rest of your clothes separate. This will prevent those sweaty bacteria from crossing over and contaminating your entire wardrobe.

So is it worth the extra work? Unless you’re Justin Bieber who has a lifetime supply of underwear I think it is definitely worth the time to maximise the longevity of your underwear. In saying that, you need to know when you should invest in new underwear, check out our last blog ‘When to get new underwear’ for more information.


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