Do you know how to wash pantyhose or tights? Your pantyhose or tights are sure to be a wardrobe staple during the colder months. That’s why you need to wash your pantyhose or tights properly to ensure they last as long as possible and keep them in perfect condition.
What you need to know is that pantyhose and tights are very delicate, and throwing them in the laundry with other clothes will definitely ruin them. We strongly recommend washing them by hand, which can seem like a daunting process (like who has time to hand wash anything?), but it’s totally worth it to help your pantyhose or tights last longer.
How to Wash Pantyhose
On the positive side, we recommend that you do not wash pantyhose or tights after each wear. Instead, you can wash them every two or two wears and thicker pantyhose or tights every three or three days. It is also safe to hand wash a few pairs of tights at the same time. As usual, lightly wash similar colors together.
Like always manipulating your pantyhose or tights, remove any jewelry and make sure your nails are well maintained to avoid any snags or tears.
To further protect your tights and wash your hands properly, follow this simple 4-step system.
Here’s the best way to hand wash pantyhose or tights in 4 easy steps!
STEP 1: Combine mild detergent + lukewarm water
Fill a sink with lukewarm water and add half a cup of mild laundry detergent to wash your pantyhose or tights. Any detergent will do, but you can also look for detergent specially made for delicate clothes. Make sure you use lukewarm water, as hot water can actually reduce the elasticity of your pantyhose and affect their fit.
STEP 2: Turn your tights inside out
The general rule of thumb, before washing your pantyhose or tights turn them inside out. Avoid any rubbing and pulling, and just gently scrub the areas that are most prone to bacteria like the feet and crotch area. Let your tights soak for about 10 minutes or so.
Step 3: Rinse them well in sugar water
Next, rinse your pantyhose or tights again and again with cold water to make sure you remove all the soap. You can also rinse them in sugar water to further help them last longer.
Step 4: Hang them or dry them flat
Finally, air-dry your pantyhose or tights always and never dry them in the dryer. Gently squeeze any water out of your pantyhose from the top down to the toe, and then hang them or lay them flat to dry.
If you must put your pantyhose in the laundry, place them solo in a laundry bag and use a delicate wash cycle.
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