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How to Safely Wash Your Victoria’s Secret Bras and Lingerie

This article offers step-by-step guidance for washing your Victoria’s Secret bras, underwear, and lingerie to keep these pieces looking and feeling beautiful over time.

Victoria’s Secret: A Lingerie Powerhouse

As the world's largest specialty retailer of lingerie, Victoria's Secret is a go-to destination for fashion-forward bras, panties, lingerie, sleepwear, and loungewear. Best known for its signature bras – including the popular Dream Angels, Body by Victoria, And T-shirt Bra collections – Victoria's Secret racks up more than $6 billion in annual sales by focusing on fashion, fit, and inclusive sizing at mainstream price points.

In recent years, Victoria’s Secret has addressed sustainability and reducing its environmental footprint with endeavors like introducing a bra with recyclable padding, sourcing cellulosic fibers from companies that responsibly harvest wood pulp like Birla Cellulose, and increasing transparency in its cotton supply chain.

The range of fibers used by Victoria’s Secret – cotton, polyamide, cellulose, polyester, silk, and more–can make thinking about washing your treasured intimates a bit intimidating. The experts at Heritage Park Laundry Essentials are here with step-by-step guidance on how to hand- and machine wash your Victoria’s Secret lingerie.

Choose the Right Detergent for Washing Your Victoria’s Secret Lingerie 

Your Victoria’s Secret bras, panties, and lingerie are subject to a variety of environmental and biological stains. At the same time, this intimate apparel comes in direct contact with your skin. Regular detergent is too harsh on fabric and skin, while many gentle formulas (including specialty lingerie detergents) don’t always get the job done. We recommend using Heritage Park All-Purpose Laundry Detergent Fragrance Free .

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Made with natural, plant-based ingredients, this pH-neutral, concentrated detergent is fragrance-free, lab-certified hypoallergenic, and dermatologist-tested (learn more about hypoallergenic detergent here ). And while it is gentle on skin and preserves the integrity of fabric, Heritage Park All-Purpose formula contains a powerful blend of natural cleaning enzymes that break down and remove sweat, stain, dirt, and odors without heavy chemicals or unnecessary fragrance. If you prefer a subtle scent in your detergent, choose one of our lightly fragranced options, including Spring Magnolia, Lavender Mist, or Shore Breeze. 

Important Care Note for Silk: No pure silk or silk blend garment should be laundered with an enzyme detergent. Enzymes break down proteins to remove stains but can degrade the integrity of protein-based fibers like silk. Choose Heritage Park Silk and Wool Laundry Detergent for these items to clean without damaging the delicate fabric.

Supplies You’ll Need to Wash Your Victoria’s Secret Lingerie

Before you begin washing your Victoria’s Secret bras, panties, or lingerie, gather the following supplies:

  • Heritage Park All-Purpose Laundry Detergent in Fragrance-Free/Hypoallergenic (or one of our lightly scented formulas)
  • A washing machine with a gentle cycle
  • Mesh laundry bags (these are a MUST, read more below)
  • A spray bottle for making your own enzyme solution
  • A tub or bucket for pre-soaking or handwashing
  • A drying rack


Simple Steps for Machine Washing Your Victoria’s Secret Lingerie

Follow these steps for washing your Victoria’s secret items.

Step 1: Read the Care Label

The care label on your Victoria’s Secret lingerie is the first place to start; read it carefully. Check out our helpful guide to deciphering laundry symbols . You will discover that many items can be carefully machine-washed.

Step 2: How Often Should You Wash Victoria’s Secret Lingerie?

The answer to this varies by garment and by individual. Of course, panties, your sports bra, and other intimate wear should be washed daily after use. Otherwise, you should wash bras every two to for wearings. However, do recommend rotating your Victoria’s Secret bras; a day of rest between wear will allow the elastic band and straps to regain their shape, which will help them last longer. A good rule: one bra in the wash, one bra to wear, one bra to spare.

Step 3: Pretreat and Presoak Stains Promptly

Pre-treat or pre-soak any sweat or other stains as soon as possible. Blot or rinse stains as soon as you possibly can, ideally from the reverse side to "force" the stain out of the fabric:

  • Blood stains should be rinsed in cold water; hot water will cause the blood to coagulate and stick.
  • Use an enzyme spray to pre-treat stains or make a solution of a 1:1 ratio of Heritage Park All Purpose Laundry Detergent and water in a spray bottle. 
  • Pre-soak with a concentrated solution of Heritage Park All-Purpose Detergent (Pro Tip: keep a small wash basin in your laundry room for pre-soaking when you don’t have time to launder immediately).
  • While you should not regularly wash silk with an enzyme detergent, it is ok to use an enzyme detergent or stain remover on an occasional basis to treat a stain on silk; be sure to test first on an inconspicuous area.

Step 4: Wash Victoria’s Secret Lingerie in a Dedicated Load

Always wash your lingerie and delicates in a separate load to protect them from damage caused by heavier, bulkier items.

Step 5: Use a Mesh Laundry Bag

Even in a dedicated load, delicate lingerie is subject to damage inside your machine. An agitator can twist, tangle, and stretch your garments, while the inside of your laundry drum may have tiny nicks and burrs that can snag the fabric. Using a mesh laundry bag can prevent this damage. Always fasten all hooks or closures before zipping the item inside the bag. (Of course, if you are hand washing in a sink or utility tub, there is no reason to use a lingerie bag).

Step 6: Use A Delicate Cycle and Cold to Cool Water

Even if your Victoria’s Secret lingerie is well worn, we recommend using a delicate or gentle cycle and cool water (although we occasionally use lukewarm water when hand washing). Learn more about washing machine cycles .

Step 7: Skip the Bleach, Fabric Softener, and Dryer Sheets

These products are unnecessary and can damage your lingerie. Bleach will cause discoloration, and fabric softeners and dryer sheets will leave a waxy build-up both on the fabric and on the inside of your machine. If you need to tackle lingering odors in your Victoria’s Secret lingerie, stop the machine mid-cycle and allow the enzymes to penetrate more deeply. You can also sanitize your items with a scoop of our Naturally Bright Oxygen Powder , an environmentally-friendly laundry booster that is free from dyes, bleach, and optical brighteners (not for use on silk or other protein-based fabric).

Step 8: Air Dry Your Victoria’s Secret Lingerie

Never wring out your items; if they are too damp after the washer, press them in a clean towel to remove excess water. Hang your bras, panties, and lingerie on a drying rack, or lay them on a low-lint towel. This may sound a bit cautious for items like panties, but air drying will preserve the longevity of the elastic for much longer. 

How to Hand Wash Your Victoria’s Secret Lingerie

To handwash your Victoria’s Secret lingerie, fill a tub or basin with cool to lukewarm water; add a small amount of Heritage Park All-Purpose Detergent; and swish to dissolve. Submerge your items in the soapy water, and gently agitate for a minute or two. Allow the garment to sit for 10 to 15 minutes; gently rub the fabric to remove any stains (pay particular attention to the area under the arms on bras, where dark stains tend to accumulate). Rinse in cool water and DO NOT wring out. Press water out with your hand or blot with a lint-free towel. Air dry as noted above.


We hope you’ve gathered some valuable information today on how to wash your Victoria’s Secret bras, panties, and lingerie. Following these steps should keep your garments looking and feeling great for many wearings. As always, the Heritage Park Team is here and available to answer any questions about our products. Our goal is to make your laundry life easier!

Heritage Park Laundry Essentials

At Heritage Park, caring for fine fabric is our passion. As lifelong collectors of luxury sheets, towels, and cloths, we found many commercially available "gentle detergents" either damaged our fabrics or didn't get the job done, leaving stains. We knew we could do better. So we developed a formula with the perfect balance of powerful -- yet safe -- ingredients designed to remove tough, set-in stains while remaining gentle on luxury linens. Please connect with us at (800) 977-1841 or visit our store or email us with any product feedback or cleaning questions.

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