How To: Not Rip Your Tights and Pantyhose

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Have you ever experienced the aggravation of ripping your hose or stockings? I used to joke that pantyhose were disposable because I always trashed them by the second wear. Keeping hosiery intact and in shape seemed to be a complete myth.

I started looking into compression hose, since I sit 8 hours a day as a receptionist (it helps improve blood circulation in the legs and feet). But when I looked at the price, I gasped. $30-$60!!! I decided there had to be a way to protect such an expensive pair of hosiery. Well, I did my research online and found a couple of great tips.

Use Rubber Gloves!


When I first discovered this tip, it sounded ridiculous. Why would I wear rubber gloves to put on my tights? Well, apparently they will prevent those awful runs and snags. Sounds good to me!

Because the hosiery has such a delicate weave, your fingernails -or even the skin on your fingers- can rip it. This is especially true for compression hosiery, as it is much tighter and harder to put on. I have seen “donning gloves” that you can buy on Amazon, such as this pair of Sigvaris Donning Gloves. You can try regular rubber gloves as well.

Wash Those Tights Right!


How you wash your pantyhose is key to keeping them in good shape. 🙂

If you’ve ever had your hose stretched waaay long, it’s because they were not placed in a lingerie bag. Lingerie bags are typically made of mesh, and help protect hosiery, as well as other intimates. This Whitmore Mesh Hosiery Wash Bag at Amazon is a good, cheap option. 🙂

Also: Make sure to set the washing machine cycle to delicate, and on warm to cool water..

Another tip: Also, don’t send them through the dryer! Use a paper towel to soak up excess water, and then hang to dry.

Hopefully these tips will save you some stress, frustration and some money as well. 🙂


Disclaimer: I am not being compensated in any shape or form for this post. All opinions are my own.