1. Wash By Hand

For bras, use cold water with a mild detergent.

2. Use A Lingerie Bag

If you still want to machine wash your unmentionables, use a semi-structured lingerie bag. Fasten bras' hook-and-eye closures so they don't snag panties. Set the washer on a delicate or gentle setting and use cold water.

3. Drip Dry

If bras have foam molding, run your fingers over the cups to smooth them, then hang on a drying rack. Cotton panties may be tumble-dried (on the lowest temperature setting), but it's best to allow silk and silk blends to air-dry.