How to Wash Tights

We understand the love you have for your tights; these are so convenient and comfy that most tight fans wear them every chance they get. However, once you’ve made that investment, it is up to you to keep them in optimum conditions. That, my tights-loving friends, includes knowing how to wash your tights so you can keep this product in top state. But fret not; if you are unsure how to do it, you are in the right place because we will tell you all about how to wash tights and much more.

If you want your tights to look and feel fresh wear after wear, you need to learn how to care for them properly. It needs to be said that tights are among the most delicate items in your wardrobe, along with underwear. And though you may be tempted to throw them in the washing machine with the rest of your clothes, don’t! If you want them to last longer, that is.

No matter how high quality your tights are, hosiery should receive personalized tender love and care. This is the only way you’ll ensure their longevity. Now that you know how important it is to care for your favorite tights, it is time to learn how to wash tights the right way, because like all women, when you finally find that pair of perfect tights, you wish them to be eternal.

Things to know about How to Wash Tights

  • The number one enemy of tights is careless laundering; it is probably the number one thing that wears gorgeous hosiery down.
  • Whether the material, from sheer to opaque and nylon to spandex, you can keep every pair of tights looking fantastic by treating them properly.
  • Washing tights the right way will help retain their color, elasticity, and fabric integrity for longer than you ever thought possible.

How to wash tights

Keep your tights clean and make them last longer following the next steps.

Things you need:

  • Stain removing soap
  • Delicate wash
  • Delicate spray
  • Scented Vinegar
  • Mesh washing bad


Do touch up first

Before washing, get rid of any stains by treating them with a stain removing soap bar. Lather the bar with lukewarm water and work it directly into deep dirt areas.

Freshen up

To remove any bad smells’ or weird odors, mix ¼ cup of scented vinegar with a sink full of warm water and soak for a few minutes. You may also apply a small amount of scented vinegar directly to the target area.

Washing can be done in two ways:

  1. Hand washes your favorites. It might sound like a little more work, but handwashing is the best and safest option to care for delicate tights. You can be certain that you will protect the color and elasticity for as long as possible by handwashing. Fill your sink with warm water and add two capfuls of delicate wash. Soak for at least 30 minutes. Rinse well, running room temperature water over the tights until you get rid of all the soapy water. Very important, do not wring. You want to press the delicate items against the sink to remove excess water.
  2. If you are short on time, you may use your washing machine, however, make sure you use a delicate cycle. Washing with care means that if you are forced to use the machine, you need to do it gently; after all, washing your tights in the machine means they will be exposed to lint, negatively affecting the color of your favorite tights. To avoid this, follow these essential tips:
  • On the washing machine, you must select the delicate cycle, and the temperature of your water should be cold.
  • Insert the tights into a mesh washing bag to avoid tangling or snagging. This step is crucial as it protects your tights from gathering lint, which is virtually impossible to remove. It also keeps your tights from twisting around the agitator, which leads to permanently damaging your tights.
  • Add an appropriate amount of delicate wash for a correct and gentle wash.

Stay clear from the dryer.

After washing, hang your tights to dry, some people say if you hang them, they could stretch, but this is unlikely unless they are dripping wet. If you are from a bunch that doesn’t like to hang them, you could also lay them flat on a drying rack or dry them on a towel.
You could spray a scented, delicate spray to keep them fresh and smelling nice between wearing and washing as an additional step.

  • Drying your tights using a towel:

Fold a towel in half and place it on a flat surface.
Place your tights on top and then roll them into the towel. Gently press down on the towel roll so the towel soaks up most of the water remaining in the tights.
Extend the towel and leave the stockings on top. Place the towel with the tights somewhere warm or under the sun. The drying process shouldn’t take longer than an hour.

How to Wash Tights FAQs

Do tights shrink after washing?

This will depend on the material used to fabricate specific tights. Always check the tag, and if your tights are made from a material blend, it is highly recommended to hand wash them. This way, you will avoid any chance of ending up with shrunken tights.

Can tights go in the dryer?

As previously said, not really. If you put them in the dyer, you may end up with loose tights, especially if the fabric is infused with elastic fiber. Lay them on a towel to dry. Be patient, but it’s not like it will take forever; the drying process is relatively quick.
The heat can damage the nylon and its elasticity. The dryer can also tear or snag your tight, thus damaging them.

Can you wash fishnet tights?

The answer is affirmative; it is advisable to hand wash fishnet tights and other delicate tights such as those made from nylon fabric. Follow the same steps listed above for handwashing.

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