How to Wash Your Delicates in the Washing Machine

Vigorous spinning can damage your delicate inner-wear. Follow the steps given below to wash your undergarments safely in a washing machine.

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Machine-washing your undergarments may not be ideal. It can ruin the fabric shape, lace and other embellishments. It is best to hand-wash your delicates, but if you are unable to do it for some reason, machine-wash them. Some newer models of washing machines allow you to set the cycle on a delicate wash. However, if you do not have such settings on your machine, follow the steps given below.

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  1. Step 1: Sort Your Delicates

    Like an ordinary load, you must sort your delicates too. Make separate piles for light-coloured items, deep-coloured garments and those with lace or other embellishments.

  2. Step 2: Wash Small Loads

    While tossing your delicates in the washing machine, ensure that you wash small loads. It will greatly reduce the risk of damage to the fabric or shape. Also, you can easily prevent your garments from getting entangled during the spin cycle.

  3. Step 3: Choose the Right Setting

    Use cold or lukewarm water for your delicates. Do not use hot water as it can cause shrinkage and make the colours bleed. Using the right detergent also plays an important role. You can use Surf Excel Matic Liquid, which is specially formulated for washing machines and is easily available in the market. It leaves no residue (like powders do) as being a liquid it dissolves completely in water. It is specially formulated for washing machines.

  4. Step 4: Drying

    Do not put your delicates in the dryer. It will ruin your garment’s fabric. Also, do not wring them to remove excess moisture. Flat-dry them in a shaded place. Avoid drying them in direct sunlight, as it can cause fading.

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Washing your delicates doesn’t have to be a challenging task. Just follow these steps and preserve them for longer.

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