(New to the “Wash Your Drawers Wednesday” series? Here’s the first post.)

Given the name of this new series, it only makes sense we discuss the ins and outs of cleaning your underwear. After all, there’s nothing worse than underwear that frays, fades, or pills after a few washes.

To that end, we’re here with a few helpful tips for keeping your drawers clean, along with specific instructions for cotton and MicroModal, two popular underwear materials. Do you have other solutions? Let us know in the comments.

Look at the Label

It sounds almost insultingly obvious, but that’s only because it’s so easy to ignore: Check the label or tag affixed to your underwear for washing and care instructions. If nothing else, the tag will cover the most essential information for cleaning your drawers.

Clean Stains Right Away

Whether it’s dirt or dinner, treat stains as soon as possible. Try to rub commercial stain remover—generally available in spray bottles or roll-on containers—or liquid detergent into the affected areas, and work to wash it immediately.

Take These Steps For Longer-Lasting Underwear

Is it laundry day? Here’s what to know before sending your drawers through the spin cycle:

  • Turn your underwear inside out before washing and drying. This protects the exterior and helps the material retain its vivid color.
  • Wash your underwear with similar items, such as socks and T-shirts. Heavier materials, including denim, can degrade and damage the fabric.
  • Move your load to the dryer as soon as it’s done washing; doing so prevents a mildew buildup and unpleasant odors.

Correctly Wash Cotton Drawers

Cross Train Trunk by Jack AdamsCotton is one of the most popular underwear materials—the Trainer Trunk and Cross Train Trunk, both made from comfortable cotton blends, are some of our best-selling pairs—so it’s important to know the ins and outs of washing cotton drawers. Here’s the skinny:

  • Just like Mom always said: Separate cotton clothes into lights and darks, and wash each in different loads.
  • Machine wash in cold or warm water, but never hot. You risk shrinkage when doing so—no man ever enjoys shrinkage—and the extreme temperatures can wear down your material.
  • Ideally, you’d hang your cotton drawers to dry; if that’s not an option, opt for your dryer’s lowest heat setting.
  • Don’t use bleach, unless absolutely necessary. Bleach can weaken and degrade fabric over time.

Correctly Wash Natural Fibers

Lux Fulcrum Briefs by Jack AdamsWe love incorporating Lenzing MicroModal into some of our more chic lines, including the LUX Fulcrum and LUX Collections. The lightweight, yet durable material is made from beechwood fibers and has become synonymous with stylish comfort.

If you’re wearing MicroModal, you’ll want to ensure it lasts. Here’s how:

  • Separate darks from lights, which should minimize color bleeding.
  • Wash in cold water, if at all possible.
  • Skip bleach, which can weaken the fabric and cause colors to fade.
  • Dry on the lowest possible temperature setting, but don’t sweat the high temperatures—MicroModal resists shrinking.

(Featured image by Mike King / Flickr)

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