Tights are totally my jam and over the years I’ve amassed (and DIY’d) quite a collection of terrific tights.
I’ve managed to keep them all in tip top condition with a bit of gentle laundering and careful storage. Here are my helpful hints for how to wash tights and hosiery:
Machine washing thick tights and hosiery:
Always machine wash hosiery inside a lingerie bag to prevent it from getting tangled up, stretched out, snagged or ripped during the wash cycle. (a pillow case or duvet cover are groovy substitutes for a lingerie bag)
Use a mild, colour safe detergent and wash in cold on a gentle cycle.
Never put tights and hosiery in the dryer as the heat will damage and can even melt the delicate fabric. Instead, lay flat on a towel to dry.
Hand washing delicate tights and hosiery:
Flip the hosiery inside out and soak in a mild detergent and cool water mixture for 10 – 15 minutes then gently agitate the tights in the water to provide a gentle cleaning before rinsing with cool water. Gather the tights into a ball shape and carefully squeeze out the excess water then lay flat on a towel to dry. Avoid hanging hosiery to dry as this can cause damage and stretch out the thin material.
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