There’s nothing like pretty lingerie to make a woman feel good from the inside out. But the right purchase only goes so far; the delicate items in that panty drawer require special care. Yet many women think that properly maintaining lingerie takes too much time. Luckily, however, they’re wrong. Usually, only a few extra minutes can make all the difference, and when you consider that those lacy lovelies are the closest thing to your skin, isn’t it worth a little effort? Here, a girl’s ultimate guide to cleaning, storing and traveling with her favorite lingerie.

CLEANING: First and foremost, read the care label. Obvious enough, but it’s often ignored. For example, many women assume that silk intimates can be washed, but a "dry cleaning" label could indicate a quirk of weave or construction. Also, "washable" does not always mean the machine. "The agitation that takes place in a washing machine can be very destructive to delicate items," notes Dave Bergstrom, senior engineer at Ivory Snow.

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