How do I handwash something? HELP!

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 4
8482 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MsGinkgo:  I just use a delicates bag and throw the whole thing in on the delicate cycle.

Post # 5
11379 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MsGinkgo:  i usually wash things like this in my bathroom sink.  put the plug in and fill it with water and a little bit of woolite.  if it’s not stained or anything, hand wash for a few minutes and/or let it soak a bit.  drain the soapy water and fill with fresh water for rinsing.  i usually do this a couple of times.  squeeze it out and lay flat or hang to dry.

Post # 6
1302 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I also wash in my bathroom sink, with a TINY bit of soap. I’ll usually just let it soak for 10 minutes, then kinds of swish it around and rinse a few times, lay flat to dry. As long as it isn’t stained, you should have any problems getting it clean.

I also had a few delicate bags that I use for sweaters and things. I just toss that in the washer with regular clothes but it keeps the nice things from rubbing up against the other clothes and the bumps in the side of the washer. (I also have a top loader)

Post # 8
7385 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Oooo, that’s a tough one because of the rayon. I always avoid buying clothes with rayon in them now because every time they get washed, they end up shrinking to baby t-shirt size 🙁

Post # 9
11379 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MsGinkgo:  the laundry soap should tell you how much soap to use based on the amount of water.  i would use a very little bit (a sink does not hold that much water).  start with a teaspoon and if you need more suds, add a bit more.

don’t add too much soap or it will take forever to rinse it out and if not completely rinsed, may damage the fabric over time.

Post # 10
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Yup, Woolite in the bathroom sink. I believe a capful is the appropriate amount. Suds it up in lukewarm water, then gently squeeze the suds through the shirt, gently rubbing any areas that are dirtier (collar, underarms). 

Then rinse thoroughly, gently squeeze the water out, and lay flat on a clean towel. Roll the towel up and squeeze hard (sometimes I even put it on the floor and step on it) to get as much water out as possible. Then, take it out of the towel and lay it on a drying rack to dry. 

Post # 12
830 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@mypinkshoes:  Ah, you saved me from describing how my mum used to wash our clothes before we got a washing machine! That’s exactly how she did it.

Post # 14
4643 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MsGinkgo:  I only trust the dry cleaner with my rayon items (there’s a particular t shirt brand I love, that’s 100% rayon). I’ve never had issue with one coming back from the cleaners anything less than perfect, its an expense, but… worth it. 

As far as handwashing goes, I purchased a small container of detergent for delicates, its meant to be used in the sink/ tub. I use it for bras, underwear, lingerie.. etc.. but for clothing I just stick with the cleaners (one of my rayon shirts ended up discolored after handwashing..). 

ETA: This is the detergent I bought, a little goes along way:


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