You might be a pro when it comes to washing everything from polos to denim jeans, but what about those lacy T-shirts and undergarments that make their way into your laundry basket? Not everyone is skilled when it comes to handling delicate clothing, and you might be one of them. If you have trouble washing these types of clothes, there are a few ways you can improve upon your strategy. Here are some tips to make laundry day less of a nightmare when it comes time to wash delicates.

1. Purchase a washer with the appropriate settings
Ideally, you should have a washer on hand that has the settings you need to handle the clothing you're cleaning. For instance, front-load washers from LG typically have more than a handful of wash cycle settings, some of which may be helpful when it comes to delicate pieces. Steam options can also help you prevent these items from becoming wrinkled, which is critical when ironing isn't possible.

2. Know your soap
Depending on the type of fabric you're washing, you should be mindful of the detergent you use, according to Real Simple magazine. Some detergent contains chemicals that can be detrimental to fabrics, especially those contained in delicate articles of clothing.

3. Use a mesh bag
If you're washing delicates with other items, we recommended using a washer-safe mesh bag. Place the special pieces in this bag for precautionary measures, then throw it in with the rest of the laundry. In the end, you'll be happier when you've found that these articles haven't become snagged during the wash process.

Some of your favorite pieces of clothing might be delicates – don't let them fall apart. These key tips can help you maintain them over time.

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