Beaut.ie Investigates: Does Freezing Tights Make Them Ladder-Resistant?

By Lynnie | July 19 2012 | 19 Comments

“WHAT” exclaimed the Mammy “are you doing?!”

“Freezing my tights” I said, as though this was (a) obvious and (b) the most normal thing in the world.

I couldn’t really blame her for wondering what the actual eff I was up to, standing at the kitchen sink running three pairs of brand new, fresh-out-of-the-pack sheer nude tights under the tap.

“I read somewhere that if you freeze them for 24 hours before you wear them for the first time, it’s supposed to make them more resistant to holes and laddering” I explained, sealing the now saturated tights into small Ziploc plastic bags.

“Oh… I think I might have heard that before. But how does it work?” the Mammy wanted to know. “And would you not just try it with one pair first?”

“Something about freezing them and then slowly bringing them back to room temperature makes the nylon molecules in them stronger… or, er, something” I said as I played a bit of freezer drawer Tetris. “And sure it’s hardly going to make them more likely to run, is it? I might as well turn them all into magic run-resistant tights at the one time.”

Well my friends, I defrosted the tights on Friday evening (after coming *this* close to chucking the lot of them out because I had a momentary lapse of memory and thought they were gone-off steaks or something) and wore a 7 denier pair to a wedding on Saturday. And you know what? I didn’t get a single snag or pulled thread, let alone a hole or a full-on run! Usually I’d put at least one finger through tights that are anything less than 80 denier before getting the tips of my toes into them or snag them on every chair/table/wall/piece of jewellery that I come in contact with, so I’m declaring this very random tip a roaring success.

Anyone else tried it?

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19 Replies to "Beaut.ie Investigates: Does Freezing Tights Make Them Ladder-Resistant?"

  • ED says:

    “freezer drawer tetris” i love it!

  • OtherMary says:

    This makes no sense. You were just lucky.

  • Beth TV says:

    I’ve heard it before but have yet to try it. I find that stretcing them lightly out of the pack before I put them on helps, especially the more sheer and lighter tights.

  • Prettyirishkitty says:

    If I ever decide to release my legs from their denim prison I’ll be sure to try it

  • ShuGal says:

    Neverheard of it but I love the idea of a freezer stacked with tights. Opaque & kidney pie anyone?

  • Patricia says:

    I have never heard of this before …but if it works why not….but who came up with this in the first place?

  • You know what, I’m going to try this because it’s worth a go – I ladder tights as soon as I look at them
    Nothing to lose!

  • Also Lynnie, thought your Mam would be well used to you and your mad ways by now!

  • sarah says:

    I have to try this!! even when putting on tights I’m bound to do some damage to them!

  • This is one of those things that I always said I’d try but never quite got round to it.

  • Freckles says:

    Oh,like the sound of this. My tights rarely last more than a few minutes -seem to have some sort of ‘anti-tights forcefield!! – so might give this a go. After all it couldn’t make the situation worse.

  • LoCo says:

    I don’t understand the science behind this but totally relate to “freezer drawer tetris”

  • OtherMary says:

    There is no science behind it. Cryogenic treatment is something that is done with knives, for instance, because it strengthens metals and some other materials, but liquid nitrogen is used. A freezer is only about 200C too warm.

    I like Wolford’s and Falke’s tights because they tend not to run at the slightest touch of a fingernail, but I have not tried any of their very low den tights.

  • SLH says:

    I use the M&S ladder resistant ones – they cost s little more but I get lots and lots of wear out of them, and even when I do get a hole in them, they don’t ladder (I’m currently getting a second wear out of holed tights, on top of all the other wears I’ve had from them).

  • MsJelly says:

    “Freezer drawer tetris” – brilliant!

    I’ve heard about this but never tried it (freezing tights, not the tetris… I’m a wiz at all variations of kitchen tetris, delph-press tetris being the most difficult level in our house :)).

    But I’m glad I read this before ever trying or or I’d have been trying to put them on straight from the freezer and be freezing my ass off (quite literally) :O

  • Joanna says:

    I have tried this before and I cant remember if it worked or not, I think it must have, cos every time I get a ladder the first thing that goes out throught my head is that I should never have got out of the habit of freezing my tights……(maybe it because I needed to put actual food in the freezer)
    But I didn’t do the whole soaking them in under the tap first, I just filed the tights in the freezer straight out of the Penny’s bag!
    Does soaking them make the deladdering work better? I would worry about ice crystals making holes in the tights! Am I overthinking this? Any science types know the answer?

  • JoJo says:

    I have to stick to the 6 million denier ones or leggings. I gave up on sheer tights a long time ago. It’s so hot here at the moment that I’m considering revisiting the subject. The yanks aren’t able to handle my pasty white legs well enough to do without.

  • fluttergirlie says:

    “Freezer drawer tetris”, priceless!!!

    I heard this tip years ago but never tried it, didn’t realise you had to wet the tights beforehand, deffo trying this as I usually stick my finger through them when putting them on…

  • Allie says:

    Just a wee question – do you have to freeze them again after every time you wash them? Or does just the one initial blast put enough anti-freeze in them for the foreseeable future? I’m dying to try this, I love my flesh coloured tights but hate the ladders/snags/holes that miraculously seem to appear as soon as I’m out the door!

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