Have you ever wondered whether you’re treating your Hanky Panky lingerie with all the care it deserves? Wonder no more. Here are our lingerie care recommendations for keeping your lingerie lovely for the longest time possible.
Spandex is truly a “miracle fiber” (it can stretch to 500x its length and still snap back to its original dimensions), but it is somewhat fragile.*
Residues from caustic cleaning agents used on the sink can be harmful to delicate stretch fibers. To extend the life of your lingerie, place your lingerie in a colander placed in the bathroom sink (colander adds a level of protection) or wash in a clean plastic container with cool water and our lingerie wash—rinse twice to ensure removal of all suds, and lay flat or hang to dry. This will give your panties a reasonably long life.
We recognize that this is more time than some people are willing to dedicate to caring for their fine underthings. If you must machine wash, please protect your lingerie from snags by placing it in a lingerie wash bag. Use the gentle cycle with cool water and a mild, pH neutral detergent (with no optical brighteners). After the cycle is completed, Please hang or lay flat to dry. Never put your Hanky Panky lingerie in the dryer. The extreme heat and agitation of machine drying will wear out your lingerie very quickly and will eventually destroy it.
-Larissa, Senior Designer
*At the molecular level, the polymer chains that make up spandex fiber look like jumbled up spaghetti. When the fiber is stretched, the polymer chains straighten out. When it is released, the polymer chains snap back to their natural jumbled spaghetti-like state. The molecular bonds that keep these chains together are relatively strong. However, heat (from hot water or machine drying) and alkaline environments (from caustic detergents and bleaches) cause these bonds to break, leaving the chains shorter, and the fibers lose their elasticity. Eventually the chains will become so short that the integrity of the fibers are irreparably compromised and lose all recovery. This is why we request that you never use harsh detergents or bleach. Our specially formulated lingerie wash is pH neutral and was created to gently clean stretch fibers without damage.