Remember the time where you had your favorite bra removed from the washing machine, only to find out that its has been completely distorted? Or worse, that the bra strap has completely lost its elasticity? It is ironic that most of us women spend tons of money on our bras, but do not put in much effort to take care of them.
In this article, we have listed down the best ways to wash bras without ruining them.
How often should you wash your bra?
A lot of women, including myself, are guilty of wearing the same bra for as long as a week, but once we start to think about the amount of sweat it accumulates on a daily basis, especially during hotter days, it might seem like a great idea to wash them more often. With that being said, the high acidity of sweat leads to the spread of bacteria, hence, it is recommended to wait three or four wears before washing. However, if you’re really sweaty or have just completed a workout, it is recommended to wash your bra after just one use.
What to (absolutely) not do when washing your bra?
Plenty of bras are made of fragile and soft materials such as lace, satin or silk, and therefore should be treated with care when doing laundry. That is because over-washing can ruin the elasticity that is essential for providing proper support.
Things to avoid:
- The dryer: Washing bras in the dryer damages the bra’s elasticity and shape that is essential for providing proper support.
- Different fabrics: Fragile fabrics are not resistant to standard temperatures. Hence, make sure to only wash bras with clothes of the same material, on a delicate cycle of up to 30 degrees.
- Washing bras without a mesh bag: Always put your bra always in a mesh bra bag to keep it from tangling with other garments and also prevent the elastic from stretching.
What to take note of?
- Each bra is made from different material and is manufactured differently, so it is important to always read the washing instructions at the back of the bra for proper care.
- Always fasten the bra hook before you throw it in a mesh bag and into the washing machine to prevent the hooks from tangling with other clothing.
- Consider a milder detergent for delicate fabrics. Remember that a little detergent goes a long way.
- Disentangle the bra and adjust the shape of the cup before drying.
- Store your bras with care. Line them up in your lingerie drawer like they would do in a store to maintain the shape of the bra cups.