Many of our delicates benefit from being handwashed even if they can technically go in the washing machine. Lingerie, woollens and silks are all considered delicate garments that can easily snag or break down when washing.
Handwashing is the natural alternative and doesn’t require as much time and effort as you might initially think. You’ll just need a container or a clean sink and a clothing detergent or soap that is formulated for handwashing. Detergents for handwashing are gentler (should have neutral pH) and don’t need warm water to be activated.
Separate your delicate garments according to their colours, fill up your container or sink with lukewarm water and add a little detergent. Gently submerge your delicates and leave them for 10 to 20 minutes, allowing the detergent to lift the dirt from the fibres. Empty the water from your container or sink, fill up with clean water again and ensure clothes are submerged. Repeat once or twice until the water runs clean.
Do not wring the water off your clothes, simply fold them and press the water out of them (you can press against the side of your container for example).
Flat dry to avoid creasing the fabric (you can lay bath towels on your drying rack to create drying surfaces for your heavier items, such as sweaters).