How to Properly Wash Tights (and Keep Them in Perfect Condition)

Meghan Blalock

Black tights are a staple for many fashion girls, especially during the winter months. Knowing how to wash your tights might seem like a basic piece of knowledge, but we're big believers that it just helps sometimes to have a friendly reminder. 

The big thing to know is that tights are one of the most fragile items in your wardrobe, alongside bras, panties, hosiery, and the like. You toss them in with the rest of your laundry; it definitely requires a more delicate process to treat them correctly and make sure they stay in perfect condition for as long as possible.

Read on for three easy tips to keep in mind when washing your black tights!

Hand-wash them with a very gentle soap

In a perfect world, you should hand-wash all your delicates: tights, underwear, bras, and so on. We realize it takes a little bit of extra time, but it really protects your garments and adds to their life expectancies. For black tights, you just add a cap-full of soap into a sink full of lukewarm water, and then let the tights soak for 10 minutes or so.

Or wash them in a lingerie bag so they keep their shape

If you don't have the time to hand-wash your tights, you can certainly wash them in the machine. Just make sure you put them in one of those handy little delicates pouches to protect them from getting warped or torn.

Hang them or dry them flat so they don't shrink or tear

Please, for the sake of all the moms who came before us, never try to dry your tights in the dryer. If you do, it's very likely to either shrink them or tear them, and it will certainly decrease their life expectancy. 

Do you have any good tips or tricks you use to wash your tights? Tell us in the comments below!

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