Because most "today's" modern washing machines have gentle cycles (mine has a lingerie cycle!), most nylon type gowns can be gently laundered in the machine. When in doubt, hand wash. When buying laundry detergent, remember to get the right kind for your machine as well, HE, etc., – don’t put front loader detergent in a top loader, and DEFINITELY not vice verse, always read your manual first.
What you will need:
- Any MILD laundry soap will do, Woolite, Dreft, Ivory Snow are a few good ones to choose from. I personally use Dreft, again, be sure to buy what is appropriate for your machine (HE, Top Loading, etc.)
- Stain remover (I love Oxyclean in the spray bottle)
- Washing machine
1. Sort/separate the lights from the darks, never mix the two. Most of you can skip the following long paragraph, or if you are bored, by all means...
2. Stain treat any areas you may have.
NO-NO'S on stain treatment: Never use bar soap to rub on the stain, it will actually set in the stain, and never ever use bleach, unless you want polka dotted lingerie. Never rub the stain with anything but your fingers, never use a cloth to rub the stain, you can rub off the color from the cloth you are using onto your garment.
3. Lightly pile in your load of lingerie in the drum of the washer, using a gentle detergent such as Dreft, Woolite or Ivory Snow.Always use the MOST GENTLE CYCLE (I am lucky enough to have a hand wash/lingerie option) on my washing machine. If you do not have one, then wash on any the most gentlest washing cycle you have (refer to your owners manual), or wash by hand (follow the directions below for rayons/silks).
As for drying these chiffon nylon lingerie pieces, the absolute BEST method is to air dry these on your laundry line. If that isn't feasible, I simply fluff in the dryer for about 20 minutes on the air dry setting (not hear), if you have a no heat setting, then choose the lowest heat, and only fluff in the dryer for about 10 minuets, then hang up on hangers to air dry (I hang to dry on the eaves of my doors in the house). Typically chiffon lingerie only takes a FEW MINUTES to dry, so do not over dry these, as you will shrink the chiffon.
Quick Tips To Remember (basic knowledge or common sense when it comes to lingerie)
- Washing by hand is always best. (I launder everything in the machine, except for rayon satin nightgowns and silks)
- Store your vintage lingerie/nylons and other small delicates/intimates in acid free WHITE tissue paper (NEVER use plastic for storing or covering your delicates and intimates).
- Stuff bullet (pointy) bras with acid free WHITE tissue paper to reserve their shape.
- NEVER EVER use bleach.
- Never wring. Lay clean thick white towels on a flat surface and place the delicates atop and the excess water will just go into the towel.
- NEVER place nylon stockings, tights, nylons,or ANYTHING silk in the dryer. Let them air dry.
- Always use plastic hangers, NEVER metal, they will rust on intimates.
- Avoid direct sunlight, will definitely bleach out your darker colors, and weaken the delicate fabrics.
- WARNING! Never EVER iron nylon or chiffon. To remove wrinkles, simple mist with water, shake out and fluff up in your dryer on LOWEST SETTING for 5 minutes, OR a clothing steamer works well.