Nov 18, 2020
Just because you can throw your socks, shirts, undergarments, athletic wear, and jeans all into the washing machine together doesn’t mean you should. If you want to protect the investment that is your clothing, you should be separating delicates from rougher materials. What is that? You don’t have time for multiple loads? Don’t worry. There is a nifty little tool that you can use to do a single load of laundry while keeping everything safe. It is called a laundry wash bag or mesh laundry bag.
What is a mesh bag, you ask? Keep reading to find out.
Imagine the last catastrophe you had when doing laundry. Did your stocking rip and end up weaving a spider web of threads through all your clothing? Did your machine wash result in misshapen shirts or pilling or snags or holes? These things happen, but they are entirely preventable if you use a mesh bag.
As the name suggests, a mesh bag is a zip-top net that is made of a flexible and durable meshing. The mesh is heat-resistant and allows for water to permeate the bag freely, so your clothes will be just as clean as they would without the bag—but without the clothing murder scene. Delicate fabrics are preserved and embellishments last longer. Mesh laundry bags are a definite win-win.
Looking for a laundry protector bag? Here are some tips to help you find the right one:
Here are some items that are best washed in a mesh laundry bag:
Using a mesh net for laundry is easy. There are many things you can wash in the washing machine with a laundry protector bag. Here are some steps to streamline washing clothing with a mesh laundry bag:
Easy, right? The washing process is more or less the same, except you are adding bags to the wash basin instead of a heap of clothing.
Are mesh bags necessary? No, they are not.
You can wash delicates without a laundry protector bag, but that does not mean it is always the best idea. While most modern washing machines have either a Hand Wash or Delicate setting (or both), there is still a chance that the clasps on your bra or the metal embellishments on your sweater get hooked on something and make a mess.
Washing delicates without a mesh net is a little bit like roulette. Do you want to take the chance of your clothing getting ruined? Instead, save time and effort by washing your delicates in a laundry bag.
Perhaps you are not a fan of using a nylon or polyester mesh bag to do your laundry. That’s fine. There are some alternatives to mesh laundry bags that have been around for ages. Back before mesh bags were popular, women a few decades ago would put their delicates inside pillowcases.
You can use a few safety pins to seal the pillowcase shut and toss it into the laundry. It will work just like a mesh bag does for your clothing. Optionally, you can get creative if you have a sewing machine and make your own laundry bag out of an older pillowcase.
Afterwards, you may want to keep your clothes in a vacuum storage bag. Learn more about whether vacuum bags destroy clothes or not on our blog.
Once you have washed your clothing, it is time to toss it into the dryer.
Does that mean you have to remove everything from the laundry bags? Not at all.
Remove your mesh bags from the washing machine and put them in the dryer. There is no need to put a heap of clothes in the dryer after protecting them through the whole washing sequence, only to have something to snag while it is getting dried.
Put your clothes on for half the time you usually use to dry them then remove the clothes from the laundry bag and finish with air drying. This will preserve the condition of your delicates, shirts, and pants, so your clothing lasts longer.
The reason lingerie and lacy or embellished items are considered delicate is because they can lose their quality in the washing machine. Keep your delicates from getting destroyed by using a laundry bag. You will never have to worry about your garments getting ripped, torn, or damaged by other items in the washing machine. With a variety of laundry bag brands to choose from, you can easily find the size and material that suits you best. Or, you can always use an old pillowcase.
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