Comments on: Living Well: 7 Secrets To Caring For Unmentionables http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:19:15 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Handwashing Delicates | Peppered Thought http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-878368 Handwashing Delicates | Peppered Thought Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:14:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-878368 [...] ♦ Design Mom, 7 Secrets to Caring For Unmentionables [...]

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By: Clare http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-772282 Clare Sat, 02 Nov 2013 02:03:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-772282 What brand are the unmentionables in the pictures? I’m in the market for new knickers and love the look of the gray ones! Thanks!

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By: Dorien Miller http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-766424 Dorien Miller Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:54:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-766424 I have been using silk underwear (both longjohn and panties) for thirty years and have always washed them in the machine. I put them in a net bag, and hang to air dry. They have always lasted well! I only wash all my clothes on the cold setting…clothes get just as clean, and you save on heating bills! I also have to agree with the previous comments regarding why are they called “unmentionables”. Certainly that archaic language should go the way of the dinosaur !

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By: Nicole M http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-691348 Nicole M Mon, 26 Aug 2013 19:28:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-691348 I worked for MANY years at Victoria’s Secret. the one thing we learned to never wash your clothes in is Woolite. People think it’s for the unmentionable. But actually it’s a petroleum based product. You are better off using something like a lingerie wash from VS. I don’t know if they even sell that any longer. Or I use Tide free/dye free. Cold water always. Lay flat to dry. Never hang! Nothing goes thru the dryer. I end up throwing my unmentionables away not because they look old or haven’t held up, but because they make life so boring after ten years sometimes. I use to pride myself on the fact that I owned 45 sets of matching bras and panties. NOW I have kids. Need I tell you if this rings true now?

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By: Ethical Underthings | girldust http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-650322 Ethical Underthings | girldust Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:06:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-650322 [...] Seven Secrets to Caring for ‘Unmentionables’ from Living Well [...]

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By: James http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-549642 James Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:03:54 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-549642 I completely agree. Even if it’s written to be slightly tongue-in-cheek, the idea of hiding/being ashamed of human bodies and human hygeine is terribly damaging… my grandmother’s and mother’s generations didn’t fight so hard for equality in order to have words like ‘unmentionables’ and ‘feminine product’ and ‘The Change Of Life’ batted around with eyes closed as if there is some facet of biology inherent in females that needs to be shamefully hidden behind closed doors and innuendo.

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By: susan http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-512981 susan Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:00:45 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-512981 Gabrielle, Anyway you can move the gray panties post down to the bottom (no pun intended) of your homepage? Every day when I check your site the first sight I see are the gray panties. Perhaps everyone knows how to take care of their undies and such by now:)

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By: Lala http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-496504 Lala Mon, 03 Jun 2013 01:04:17 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-496504 this makes me smile with a sadness. My mom used to call them unmentionables in a silly way. Shes been sick recently and remembering the old her is good. :)

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By: Lauren http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-456596 Lauren Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:51:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-456596 Take your bras and knickers in the shower with you! Use a tiny bit of gentle shampoo and rinse them through. I work in as a bra fitter and this is how we recommend washing them. Is super easy and you’re going in the shower anyway (hopefully!) so is convenient for those who claim to be “too busy” to hand wash.

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By: Anna http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-456206 Anna Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:41:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-456206 Good post about handwashing your underwear.
But the headline REALLY annoys me! -Unmentionables??
-Why are they Unmentionable? Despite the fact that it is a contradiction in itself since the whole post is about what you are supposed to not mention, I’m wondering about this word. Are they Unmentionable because women are not supposed to wear underwear? Are they unmentionable because it is a Secret that women wear underwear? Are they unmentionable because it is dirty to talk about women’s underwear? Why?
Women need to start feeling strong, enriched and empowered about their bodies, and the word Unmentionable is such a strong negativity towards women’s private clothes, that’s right, they’re Private but never unmentionable.

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By: rachel http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-456064 rachel Tue, 16 Apr 2013 04:33:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-456064 I was fitted for some bras the other day by a professional fitter and she said to never hang them by one strap! She said that will distort their shape as the water drips from the top down. The bottom will be heavier that way. If you hang it by the middle piece (as in, fold the bra in half and hang it with one side over the hanger and the other side over the hanger so it’s dangling evenly) then it won’t distort while drying!

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By: Katie http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-455807 Katie Sat, 13 Apr 2013 16:14:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-455807 I usually leave my underwear to soak in about 30 – max 35 deg. Celsius water – the enzymes in the detergents are so good that they will dissolve most dirties in that time. I dry everything on a towel. I wash my expensive bras the same way, but the less expensive ones are washed in the washing machine and tumble dried – I just don’t have time to do everything by hand as I’m a busy student and have neither time nor space enough to have wet underwear lying around (that’s what I call it, yes ;) ). I have a lot of delicate wool and silk clothing. If I ha the money, I would definitely prefer dry cleaning them, but washing is cold water (30 deg Celsius max) and with a detergent without enzymes also works well. It is VERY important though that the detergent doesn’t have enzymes as they ruin such fabrics – the clothes will be stiff and the enzymes also eat away some of the fabric.
I wash my bras about once a week unless I have been sweating… enough. I don’t think I would ever wash my bras every 1-2 days. At max, every 3 – else I would have a daily chore: to check if the bra is dry.

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By: Tracy http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-448773 Tracy Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:57:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-448773 Great article! Thank you, and I would be so interested in one on taking care of pearls. Do we wipe them with a special cloth after wearing on our body? Do we store them in a particular way (hang or lay flat)? Are there dos and don’ts for pearl-wearing?

I love to read the “secrets” and “how-to’s” here because they are beautifully written and definitely take some of the mundane out of necessary tasks! Thank you!

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By: Kay http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-441968 Kay Tue, 05 Mar 2013 04:49:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-441968 Hi Angela! I’m a little late to this post, but hopefully you’ll still see this comment and find it useful. I’m a large-chested woman (currently wearing a properly sized 40HH) and I worked briefly as a professional bra-fitter (in an upscale bra boutique).

At work I was taught to ALWAYS recommend washing bras frequently (after 1 or 2 wears). It seems counter-intuitive, but if you’re washing properly (cold/cool water, by handle, gentle detergent, hang to dry) it will actually refresh the fabric by removing the natural body oils, sweat, and skin cells that make the bra “dirty.” This extends the life of your bra!

And of course, the dryer is an ABSOLUTE no-go for bra care!!

If you have a t-shirt (ie. molded) bra you have to be a bit more careful (no twisting, just cover your hand with a towel, put it inside the cup and gently press the cup onto your fist to remove the excess water), but for my everyday bras I do squeeze them pretty aggressively (but carefully) to remove the maximum amount of water possible. I find mine take 1-1 1/2 days to dry, but that’s if I wash about two bras and a few panties (a bit faster if only 1 bra, as the air where it’s hanging will have less moisture in it). I also leave them on a rack in the tub, so if I moved them to a less humid environment they’d probably dry more quickly.

Anyways, I hope this helps! :)

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By: Margo, Thrift at Home http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-441743 Margo, Thrift at Home Sun, 03 Mar 2013 21:48:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-441743 oh, I love details like this and of all my household chores, I like laundry best. I say undies or panties. I wash my things almost exactly like you do, as often as you do. I love the see the pretty things all dripping together on the drying rack in the shower afterwards :)

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By: Michaela http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-441396 Michaela Fri, 01 Mar 2013 05:03:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-441396 What a fun article and fun conversation. And pretty pictures of pretty under-things. I too love the pearls (my favorite jewelry). I wish we used the word knickers, but we call them unds or boxers (I have three boys).

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By: Grace http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-441258 Grace Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:13:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-441258 I call underwear skivvies! My dad’s stepdad was in the Navy and that’s what you call your undergarments as a sailor; I loved it as a kid because it seemed like such a seafaring word. I definitely don’t wash my bras on the 2nd wear. Probably once a month!

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By: AmyK http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-441063 AmyK Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:17:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-441063 I love the pearls in the pictures!!

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By: Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-441029 Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:04:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-441029 I always machine wash my underwear. The panties go with the regular laundry, but the bra’s get a special treatment : I wash them toghether with my wool/delicate items in a cold cycle.
The only item of underwear that gets hand washed is the bustier I wore at my wedding.

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By: Angela http://www.designmom.com/2013/02/living-well-7-secrets-to-caring-for-unmentionables/comment-page-1/#comment-441025 Angela Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:04:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=30320#comment-441025 Hmmm….bras after every second wear? If you have cute little thin things that dry quickly, maybe. I’m interested to know what the larger-chested ladies think about this? I wash every few weeks, and I have a few bras. Good bras for bigger chests are PRICEY, so owning more than a few is expensive. And mine take a day or two to dry.

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