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Rhiandmoi
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This isn't exactly an old wives tale, but it deals with laundry so I figure this was as good a place as any. I have been told by several well meaning lingerie saleswomen that using Woolite to wash my bras will ruin them and that the best way to ensure the longevity of a bra is to wash it using their fancy bra wash. I have never had a problem using Woolite to wash anything, and I don't even know what it is about Woolite that they think is so bad or what it is supposed to do to bras. Anyone else ever hear of this?

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What I have heard is simply that Woolite, while not a harmful detergent, does not deserve its reputation as something special.

If you're really worried, it's cheaper to wash wool and delicates in shampoo.

Seaboe

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Woolite was 'gentle' in the 50s, if you compared it to the usual regime of hot water and Tide in the machine, with bleach to boot. It was gentle mostly in that it firmly recommended hand washing.
from Washing Wool Sweaters

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vfwchick
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I never use woolite, but I do hand wash my bras. The washer & dryer will wear them out much quicker than hand washing and air drying. I also use shampoo when I forget to bring up the laundry soap. Shampoo gets the body oils out just as good, if not better than laundry soap. I also use shampoo to clean my glasses. It works better than anything else.

As to the original question, I have never heard that about the Woolite, but my Aunt swore by it for her delicates.

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Rhiandmoi
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I don't think it would be cheaper for me to wash my delicates in shampoo since I have 2 full loads every week. Well one full load of actual delicates, and then I wash the Boyfriends shirts in the gentle cycle with mild detergent to prevent fading. I alternate between Woolite, Dreft, Ivory Snow, and Baby All based on whatever is on sale, and use a couple of bottles a year. I just use whichever one I have on hand to do my handwashing too. The few times I haven't had anything on hand I have used shampoo for the handwashing. I do handwash the bras, but only to preven mangling the wires.

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I work at a lingerie store, and, just from personal experiance, we always recommend baby shampoo because it's gentle, dosen't contain heavy conditioning agents, and is inexpensive.

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Originally posted by Nocturnal Goddess: Raw Emotion:
I work at a lingerie store, and, just from personal experiance, we always recommend baby shampoo because it's gentle, dosen't contain heavy conditioning agents, and is inexpensive.

Oh, and as for price, you can get it really cheap at dollar stores and places like Cosco [Big Grin]

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