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How to wash and care for women's underwear

Ok, so all of our women’s underwear is of the highest possible quality. Our bras, boxers, briefs, thongs. They’re all crafted from premium fabrics – such as cotton-rich jersey and lightweight microfibre – and designed to last a long time. But… that doesn’t mean they’re indestructible.   

To ensure they stay in good condition, they need to be shown some TLC. Ladies lingerie is delicate. It needs (and deserves!) to be washed, dried and stored with a little extra care and attention. And to set you on the right track, here we offer a few tips on how to look after it properly.


Woman wearing underwear from Tokyo Laundry


Taking care of women’s underwear - it's delicate work


1. Check the label

It’s the first rule of laundry.

Before carelessly throwing your bras and knickers in with the rest of this week’s wash, always check the label first. It has simple instructions on whether it needs to be hand-washed, what temperature to wash the underwear at, and if it can be bleached and ironed without causing any damage.

Thankfully, all of our women’s lingerie is suitable for machine-washing. So there’s no need to master a hand-washing technique just yet. But to keep them looking as good as new, we recommend putting all items into a mesh lingerie bag. This keeps them all together and stops them from being thrown into the wild vortex of clothing. Which means, no stretched straps or misshapen elastic!

Ideally, you should also use a washing powder that is specifically designed for delicate fabrics. Separate the whites from the colours, and wash all underwear on a short cycle at 30°C.


2. Dry them naturally

When it comes to ladies underwear, the tumble dryer is strictly off-limits. In fact, drying it on the radiator is a big no-no too. Not only can the intense heat ruin the fabric, it can also fade colours and cause the underwear to shrink. And there’s nothing worse than knickers that are too small! 

The best option is to let them dry naturally.

When you take your underwear out of the machine, press and squeeze them gently to remove any excess water. But never twist or ring them, as this can affect their shape and fit. Then, either lie them flat on a dry towel or hang them loosely from a clothes drying rack (indoors or outdoors).


3. Store underwear correctly

Hands up if your underwear drawer is a chaotic mess?

Everyone leads a busy life these days and, we get it, it can be difficult to find time to relax – let alone fold your laundry! But properly storing your pants can make a huge difference, helping to maintain their quality and maximise their lifespan. And we’re a big fan of the KonMariTM method.

Detailed info on this can be found in our previous ‘How to fold underwear’. But in a nutshell, it’s all about giving women’s underwear the care and respect it deserves, by folding it neatly into the shape of a rectangle and standing it upright in the drawer. That way, all items can be seen at once.

Yes, it takes some time and may seem a bit OTT. But it’ll ensure your knickers and bras stay in the best possible condition – whilst also making it that little bit easier to get dressed in the morning.


Women's underwear available at Tokyo Laundry


Women’s underwear looking a little worse for wear?

Knickers and bras are an everyday essential. Even if you’re a pro at washing underwear – and meticulously follow our underwear care tips – at some point, you’re going to need a refresh. And thanks to our online women’s underwear collection, stocking up on intimates couldn’t be easier.

All items in this range are priced affordably. We have a huge selection of bras and underwear types to choose from. And our women’s knickers come in handy multipacks of either three or five.

So, why not take a look?

Invest in some new underwear and put our care advice to the test. And remember, we’re always happy to help. If you have a question – about any of the products in our store or how to look after them correctly – you’re welcome to get in touch at any time. Drop us a line at customerservoces@tokyolaundry.com or fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you.


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