Clothing Care

Twelve Mistakes That Are Killing Your Clothes

Putting your delicates in the dryer
In an ideal world, you’d be hand-washing delicate bras and panties. The washing machine is fine as a backup (just be sure to zip everything in a mesh laundry bag !) but never, ever put your delicates in the dryer. Sure, air-drying takes longer, but trust us--it’s worth it. The heat from the dryer will destroy the elastic in your bras, panties, and other lacy underthings.

Using too much soap
Washers with a “high efficiency” logo require the slightest bit of detergent--often less than 1/8 of a cup. Over-soaping is not only a waste of money, but it will also leave your clothing saturated with extra soap. And be sure you’re using high efficiency laundry detergent (you’ll see the “he” logo on the bottle) to make sure you’re getting the most of your machine.