If the manufacturer’s instructions say that the tights are machine washable, then you can wash them in the washing machine. However, you should always use a delicate cycle and a laundry bag to protect the tights from getting stretched or ripped.
If you are unsure about whether your tights are machine washable or not, it’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution, and hand wash them.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you should always wash tights before wearing them for the first time. This will help settle the fabric and remove any dust from the manufacturer. After that, you should wash them only as needed, typically every two to three wears.
Dos and don’ts of washing tights
5-step guide to washing tights
Fill a sink halfway with lukewarm water and add half a cup of mild laundry detergent. Any detergent will suffice, but you can also look for detergent made especially for delicate clothing. Use lukewarm water because hot water can reduce the elasticity of your tights and affect their fit.
Submerge the tights in the water and gently agitate them for a minute or two. Be careful not to twist or wring the tights, as this can damage the fabric.
Drain the soapy water and refill the sink with clean lukewarm water. Swish the tights around to rinse them thoroughly. You may need to repeat this step a few times to ensure all the soap is removed.
Gently squeeze out any excess water from the tights. Do not twist or wring them, as this can damage the fabric and affect their fit.
Lay the tights flat on a clean towel and roll the towel up to absorb any remaining water. Then, hang the tights to dry. Avoid hanging them in direct sunlight or using a dryer, as this can damage the fabric and affect their fit.
Can you wash tights in the washing machine?
Yes, you can wash tights in the washing machine, but it’s important to take some precautions to avoid damaging them. Use a gentle cycle and a mesh or lingerie bag to protect the tights from getting stretched or ripped. Avoid using hot water, which can reduce the elasticity of the tights and affect their fit. Instead, use lukewarm water and a mild laundry detergent to wash your tights.
How often should you wash tights?
You should wash your tights after every few wears to keep them clean and fresh. However, washing them too frequently can also damage the fabric and cause them to lose their shape. As a general rule, aim to wash your tights every 2-3 wears, or whenever they start to feel dirty or stretched out.
Can you put tights in the dryer?
It’s best to avoid putting tights in the dryer, as the heat can damage the fabric and cause them to shrink or lose their shape. Instead, lay them flat to dry on a clean towel or drying rack. Avoid hanging them up, as this can cause them to stretch out and lose their elasticity.
What should you do if your tights get a run?
If your tights get a run or a hole, don’t panic! You can try using clear nail polish or hairspray to stop the run from getting worse. Simply apply a small amount of the product to the area around the run and let it dry. This will help to seal the fibers and prevent the run from spreading. If the run is too big to repair, it’s best to retire the tights and invest in a new pair.