I hang dry a lot of my clothing to prevent shrinking but SOCKS AND UNDERWARE always get done in the dryer. Why? Well, I watched a show where a medical doctor was giving advice on less exposure to germs and bacteria. Moisture is a breeding ground for bacteria. If socks and underware are wet, hung and somehow come in contact with bacteria then it can cause bacteria to grow. I did an experiment to see and it DID happen. I SAW IT GROW. Sorry but not willing to risk it. Socks and underware are always things that should be replaced often not stretched - in my opinion. These are also two things I would never thrift or hand me down wear. No can or will do.
Taken from a site, hope some folks really take this to heart..."In washing briefs and panties, it is a golden rule to separate them from the rest of the laundry. Undergarments are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. Tight-fitting underwear is an ideal habitat for Candida yeast, which causes irritation and other skin problems. The bacteria can easily transfer to other clothing in the washing machine and so it should be washed separately.
Believe it or not, there are tracks of urine and *** always left on the underwear. According to experts, about a gram of *** can be found on an average pair of underwear. Thus, germs easily cultivate in these garments and fast.
Undergarments should be washed in hot water. For colored underwear, you should wash it in cold water. Make sure you read the instruction tag on the brief or panty before putting it in the washer. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully. Some undergarments are required to be washed by hands while others should be washed in a certain cycle.
Use mild, hypoallergenic detergent. You can bleach the stubborn stains; but if there’s none, you better not use this product. You don’t want to expose your child to strong cleaning chemicals at a young age. See the instructions on the amount of soap needed in washing undergarments. Make sure that you rinse it thoroughly and there are no traces of detergent residues.
Do not use fabric softeners especially the scented ones. The perfume can cause skin reactions and yeast infections. For a safer option, throw in a teaspoon of vinegar in the rinse cycle.
Undergarments should be dried completely immediately after washing to prevent bacteria from growing. Also, it is best if you air dry these rather than using the dryer. Spin drying underwear may cause them to shrink."
Um, sorry but no thank you. That's just downright gross, unsanitary and wrong to happen. Another ones that stirs me up. I hope whoever is hang drying their under garments is doing it in the most SANITARY way as possible... and if dealing with infants and kids, eldery or those with urinary or bowel problems I hope they aren't hang drying these things at ALL.
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." ~Chinese Proverb~