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How to hand wash underwear

Hand washing is an effective way to clean your underwear. While using a washing machine can be quick and convenient, hand washing allows for more control and gentle treatment of delicate fabrics. Fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water, as hot water can damage the elastic, add a small amount of mild laundry detergent to the water. Place the underwear in the water and allow them to sit for a few minutes. After soaking, drain the soapy water and rinse the underwear thoroughly with clean water. Gently squeeze out the excess water from the underwear. Avoid wringing or twisting, as this can damage the fabric and elastic. For drying, simply hang or lay flat on a clean towel. Avoid direct sunlight or heat sources, as they can cause fading and shrinkage.

How to hand wash underwear

How to clean underwear using a washing machine

Step 1: Sort your laundry

Using a washing machine to clean your family’s underwear can be more convenient than hand washing, as it is often a much quicker and easier process. Before loading your washing machine, sort your laundry by colour and fabric type. This will help to prevent colour bleeding and ensure that delicate fabrics are treated gently. Examples of gentle fabrics include silk, wool, linen, chiffon, lace, and other fabrics which may have embroidery or embellishments. If you have white underwear, consider our guide to maintaining white clothes to keep all your white garments nice and bright!

 sort your laundry


Step 2: Select the right cycle and temperature

Choose a gentle or delicate cycle on your washing machine. This setting is specifically designed for cleaning delicate fabrics like underwear. You can also check your underwear’s care label for washing machine instructions, including temperature. Lower temperatures are generally recommended for delicate fabrics. Washing underwear on a cool wash, usually at 30 degrees, is recommended. As well as being better for the environment and your energy bills, there are lots of benefits of washing clothes in cold water. With Vanish, you can wash your underwear at lower temperatures and still remove stains effectively. We’d recommend using Vanish Oxi Action Multi Power Gel for delicates and Vanish Oxi Action Multi Power Powder for cottons as they remove tough stains even on a 20°C cycle.

Select the right cycle and temperature


Step 3: Air dry or low heat

After the washing cycle is complete, remove the underwear from the machine and air dry them or use a low heat setting in the dryer. Avoid high heat, as it can shrink or damage the fabric. Air drying is the gentlest method for drying your underwear. Simply hang them up in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight. This method helps prevent shrinkage and preserves the elasticity of the fabric. If you prefer using a dryer, select a low heat setting to avoid damaging the delicate fibres of your underwear. Be sure to check the washing symbols on the garment label to ensure it is safe for machine drying. It's also recommended to use a mesh laundry bag or separate your underwear from other garments to prevent tangling.

Air dry or low heat


Step 4: Ironing and storing your underwear

Ironing your underwear is a personal preference. Some individuals find it adds crispness and smoothness to their garments. If you choose to iron your underwear, ensure that you follow the care instructions on the garment label. Use a low to medium heat setting and avoid direct contact with elastic bands or delicate lace to prevent damage. Properly storing your clean underwear is essential for maintaining its freshness and longevity. Choose a storage option that allows your underwear to breathe and stay in good condition. Drawer dividers or organisers can help to keep your underwear neatly separated and easily accessible. Avoid overcrowding your drawer to prevent unnecessary stretching or damage to the fabric.


Step 5: Maintaining good hygiene practices

It's important to wash your underwear to regularly help remove period blood stains, sweat, and other bodily fluids. Aim to wash your underwear after each use to maintain optimal hygiene to keep your underwear fresh.

Washing new underwear before wearing

It’s essential to wash new underwear before wearing it, even if it appears clean and fresh out of the packaging. This step is especially important for underwear that comes into direct contact with intimate areas of your body. Additionally, washing at lower temperatures can help to reduce energy consumption and minimise environmental impact.


Washing your underwear is an essential part of maintaining hygiene and freshness. By following this step-by-step guide, you can ensure that your family's underwear is properly cleaned and cared for. Whether you choose to hand wash or use a washing machine, selecting the right temperature and following proper drying and storage practices are key. Remember, maintaining good hygiene practices is crucial for the overall well-being of your family. So, go ahead and give your underwear the care it deserves!