Worth It: One Bag to Wash Them All

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Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn't get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that's how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our recommendation of random things that we've actually spent our own money on. These are the things we buy regularly or really like, things we'd actually tell our friends about. And now we're telling you.


Yeah, okay — I know I'm supposed to be hand-washing all my bras and tights in pure lavender oil and then laying them flat to dry on a bed of potpourri in a darkened but well-ventilated room. Somehow, though, all I usually have time for is throwing them in the washing machine as though they were mere t-shirts. Fortunately, now I can do without fear.

Many of you may already be familiar with the incredible time-saver that is the delicates bag. You just put your lingerie, hosiery, and that one shirt that says "hand wash" but that you're too lazy to really hand-wash all in the bag, zip it up, and wash it cold with your other stuff. It's not as good for your delicates as the lavender-oil-and-potpourri treatment, but it's way faster — and it's a lot better than just tossing them into the machine naked. I've been a devotee of the bag approach for years, but my life got way better when I discovered the Tide Wash Bag.

A friend recommended the ol' TWB to me in grad school, when she noticed my sad delicates bag full of giant holes that bras would occasionally slip through. "Oh yeah," I said, "that's just what happens." Not to the TWB, she explained, and she's right — this motherfucker is durable. I've had it for years, and it has yet to spring a bra-leak despite hundreds (thousands?) of washes. It also dries quickly — you can pretty much take it out of the machine, pull your delicates out, and put it right back in a drawer. Someday perhaps I will be the kind of person who treats her bras with the TLC they deserve. Until then, the Tide Wash Bag limits the consequences of my laziness. Bonus: it is under $4.

Tide Wash Bag, $3.99 at Amazon

Worth It only features things we paid for ourselves and actually like. Don't send us stuff.


So, I just own a ton of tights, so when I have a pile I just throw them all in the delicate cycle cold together, then I hang them on a rack to drip dry. They are always fine when they come out. What does the bag do, exactly? I don't have bras, so maybe it's better for them, but I thought you couldn't put a bra in a dryer, not that you couldn't put it in a washing machine.