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Here's How To Wash Your Delicate Clothes Without Destroying Them

And yes, you can wash them in a washing machine!

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Have you ever washed your delicates, only to have them looking like they’re gone through a shredder afterwards? If this has traumatized you, don’t worry—you can still wash delicate clothing yourself, and with a washing machine, too.

Mommy Mundo partnered with Electrolux Philippines to conduct a research on what moms are afraid to wash in washing machines. From the study, 67% of the respondent moms say they were afraid to machine-wash their silk clothing, followed by delicate wear (52%), cashmere clothing (40%), and wool clothing (39%).

At Electrolux’s recent FashionCare challenge, Mommy Mundo’s Janice Villanueva, FashionCare Council member Amina Aranaz-Alunan, and FashionCare ambassador and fashion designer Rajo Laurel washed a designer dress, a silk scarf, and sweater using UltimateCare washing machines. While waiting for the cycles to finish (all three garments emerged fine), they shared some of their delicate-garment-washing tips.

Underwear


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Wash your underwear in light loads on gentle cycle, with warm water. Place the lacy delicates in a mesh bag to prevent snagging. For underwire bras, it is best to air-dry them to prevent the underwire from getting out of shape.

New dresses


According to Rajo Laurel, brand new fabric usually has a certain chemical that fights off insects, though this could be potentially harmful to the wearer, so that it is standard practice in his atelier to wash the fabric before sewing it. “So the minute you buy a dress, read the care label and wash it accordingly before wearing.”

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Items with beading

For garments with delicate beading, Rajo says to “put it in an old stocking when you launder it, and tie it up so the beads don’t go flying out.”

Silk

Wash the silk item on a gentle cycle, with cold water. You can also slip the item into a mesh laundry bag, if the structure of the garment is delicate or flimsy.

Wool


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Are you afraid that your wool sweater will shrink to the size of a baby onesie? Wash the garment in cool water with a detergent for delicates (like Woolite), and if you can, put it inside a pillowcase to protect it while washing.

Never wring the wool item to dry. Instead, after the wash cycle is over, lay the garment flat on a clean towel and reshape it. According to Amina Aranaz, she recommends to fold the garment properly—don’t hang on a hanger, or else it’ll get stretched out.

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