Lingerie Care Tips

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.

Hanky Panky's gentle but effective fabric wash is specially formulated to extend the life of stretch fabrics and delicates. Our Lingerie Wash Powder is not a soap or detergent, nor an acid-alkaline cleaner. It is a non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and biodegradable wash powder. When you can't hand wash, this is the next-best thing. Our exclusive wash bag was designed to protect your precious Hanky Panky treasures in the washing machine (gentle cycle with cold water only!).

Hanky Panky Lingerie Wash and Lingerie Wash Bag

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.

About Hanky Panky

In 1977, designer Gale Epstein created a hand-made lingerie set for her friend, Lida Orzeck, crafted out of embroidered handkerchiefs. The original designs were the inspiration for the company name, Hanky Panky. Blending traditional with modern glam looks, Hanky Panky is a fashion favorite of countless celebrities.
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