Clothing made of delicate fabrics, like lingerie, hosiery and swimwear, need special care that's a little different from a regular load of cotton and poly blends. You have the option of laundering these items by hand, but that can be a time consuming pain in the rump. Most washing machines have delicate cycles that offer a lower agitation setting than a regular laundry load, but delicates can still use an extra layer of protection, so keep a stash of inexpensive mesh laundry bags on hand. Simply zip each item into its own mesh bag and toss them in the washer with delicate wash detergent. The bags will help your delicates retain their shapes by protecting them from unnecessary wear and tear.