If you’ve ever wondered, “what is the best way to care for my bras?” then this page will help. We go over all aspects of caring for and maintaining them so that they last as long as possible!
So, what’s the best way to store your bras? Well, it all depends on how many you have and where they are stored in relation to each other. If there is ample space then hanging them would be ideal. However if not or maybe because of limited space – keep those brassieres safe by storing them inside a drawer with enough open space for ventilation.
How should I wash my bra? That’s a great question!
Handwashing your lingerie is the best way to keep it in pristine condition. To do this, simply soak bras (or other pieces) for about 10 minutes in warm water and then gently rub all over with your hands, a soft toothbrush, or sponge until clean – paying particular attention to the band. Finally, rinse out thoroughly in cool water before letting dry naturally overnight.
If you’re machine washing non-wired garments on a cool wash please ensure that the bras are fastened so they don’t get caught on anything in the wash.
Do I really need to handwash my bras?
It is true that hand-washing bras can be time-consuming and tedious, but it’s worth doing to avoid bending the wires or stretching the fabric unnecessarily. Machine washing may damage the underwires plastic tips which can push through the surrounding fabric causing them to become loose in your machine.
What’s the best way to dry my lingerie?
When drying your bras it really is best to avoid high heat. Drying them slowly and steadily in a warm area such as the airing cupboard is much better for the fabric. Once washed properly remember that bras will take at least one day (maybe two) before they are fully dry so don’t forget to make sure that you have another one to wear.
How often should I wash my bras?
We recommend washing your bra every three to four wears. This will obviously depend on how long you’re wearing them for during the day and how many bras you are rotating. Depending on your current washing habits this may sound excessive or even not often enough so let’s look at why we say three to four days.
If you’re washing your bra after every wear you may be doing it more harm than good. With every wash, your bra will stretch out a little, even if you’re being careful and handwashing them. This extra stretch can seriously shorten the lifespan of your bra causing you to have to spend more money replacing them.
On the other hand, if you’re not washing your bras often enough you may be causing both yourself and your bras harm. We all sweat, no matter how little physical movement we do. This sweat, no matter how clean you are, will become ingrained in the fabric of the bra and then be transferred back onto your body with each subsequent wear. Stale sweat will not only make your bra smell bad but will have a negative impact on your skin. This can cause irritations and sores and no one wants that.
And your bra?
Sweat and oils from your skin can have an effect on the fabric of your bra causing delicate fabrics to degrade faster. Delicate laces and mesh fabrics may start to shred. While colours may stain and white bras may show a yellow tinge.