How to hand wash lace underwear

Knowing how to effectively hand-wash delicate lace bras and lace underwear is particularly useful, especially for those who want them to be long-lasting. Beside curbing the environmental impact of your laundry routine by cutting back on energy-intensive machines, washing undergarments by hand can keep them clean, preserve the color, fit and smooth feel of the fabric.

In this article, we will go through how to hand wash your undergarments and keep them clean and fresh.

Types of Fabric that need to be hand-washed

Sheer fabrics undies or panties that are trimmed with embellishments.

Types of Fabric that can go into wash machine

Nylon, silk, lace and cotton. Machine wash in a mesh protective laundry bag to avoid tangling and stretching.

Check before washing

Always check the lace undergarment for stains, blood, cosmetics, self-tanners or skin-care products.

Pretreat the stains by applying gentle detergent, scrub it with soft brush or rub the fabric together gently. Leave it for 5-10 minutes to let the detergent work on the stain.

Sort your panties by color if you don’t want the dark runs into the yellow.

If you wash underwear on a daily basis, you can take it into the shower with you.

Water temperature

Never wash your lace underwear with hot water. High temperature will heat up the fabric dramatically, which can loosen the waistband and cause color fading.

Cold water is always the best option. You can use lukewarm water if it is too cold to you.

Detergent for lace underwear washing

Use a gentle, mild detergent, don’t over-use or you will leave residue on the garment.


Gently swirl the lace undie around if you wash it in a sink. Leave it to soak for a few minutes and rinse it through running water until it is clean. Don’t twist or scrunch too hard to keep the elastic recovery.


Lay the panty on a rack and let it dry naturally to prevent shrinkage or damage to the fabrics.

If you have to use a dryer, make sure it is on the lowest heat setting. Always keep an eye on the process to avoid overdry lace underwear.

The Pros and Cons: Hand wash & Machine wash


Hand wash


Preserving the fabric, elastic bands and color

Less energy and water consumption

Financially efficient



Time consuming

Hand wash practise needed

Machine wash


Fast and easy

Can be bulk-washed



Getting roughed up by other clothes

Friction shortens fabric sustainability

Uses up a lot of water

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