Laundry Guide

A good bra is every woman’s best friend!  It gives us daily support, shape, lift and comfort and allows us to feel confident in our appearance and stride.  One may think that it makes sense to have a lot of bras in the drawer, but would you believe that the average woman only has 9 pairs of bras at a given time and use only 6?  That’s a relatively low number compared to other items in our wardrobe.  Knowing that, it is therefore essential to learn how to take care of a bra in order to extend its life.

Quick Tips

Your Lingerie will last longer if you...

  • hand wash

  • use a lingerie bag if machine washing

  • always use cold water.

  • wash delicates with other delicates. Heavy fabrics like denim can tangle with bras

  • avoid washing lingerie in the same load as towels.

  • when hand washing, don't wring garments out or twist tightly. You can get the moisture out by pressing them against the sink.

  • keep light and dark colored cloths separate.  

How Long Do a Bra Last?

When worn properly and taken care well, bras last about eight months long.  After that, the elastic will be too stretched out and won’t be able to provide support.

Wear Your Bras in Rotation

Just because you can wear your bra twice before it goes to the laundry bin doesn’t mean you can wear it twice in a row!  Doing so, will put pressure on the elastic and your bra will no longer fit properly over time.  Instead, allow the elastic to rest in between uses. Prepare a good number of bras and after every use, send one back to the end of the line, to make sure you are using a new pair.

How often a Bra should be washed?

In order to make a bra last longer, make sure you are not washing it every day or after every use.  Depending on a woman’s personal hygiene and lifestyle, a standard bra may be worn a couple of times before it needs to be washed. Some women who sweat more may wish to wash their bras more often, but for everyday wear, washing after every wear is not necessary. Typically, you will need to wash your bra only after 3 to 4 wears, especially if you live in colder climate and sweat less.  For those living in humid or tropical weather, you can wear your bra twice before washing it.  Of course, it goes without saying that sports bras should be washed with cool water after every use. Perspiration, along with dirt and bacteria, can damage the integrity of the fabric and cause it to wear sooner. Cool water helps a bra maintain its elasticity.

How to Wash Bra?

1. Hand Wash Bras, If Possible

Ideally you should hand wash your bras rather than washing in machine with other garments. Hand washing in cool water with a gentle soap is the best way. Harsh detergents will cause fibers in the bra material to deteriorate. This is particularly important for high-end bras with delicate fabrics like Silk, as opposed to the average T-shirt bra.
Everyday bras do not get as dirty as one would think. To wash them, let the bra soak for a few minutes in cool water, then gently squeeze the suds through the fabric. Next, rinse the bra and roll in a towel to absorb excess moisture before hanging it to dry.

 
2. Use the Gentle Cycle

If hand washing isn’t your plan, it is fine to machine wash your bras, as long as you select the right settings on your machine. It is very important to wash bras and other lingerie on the gentle cycle in cool water: never use hot water.
Pay attention to the instructions on the tag to see if the bra can withstand the tumbling from a machine.  If so, try to use a lingerie bag to separate it from other fabrics. 

Hook the Clasps before Washing

Many women have unknowingly set themselves up to spend time detangling a bunch of bras or sewing holes in other articles of clothing because the clasps were not secured before the bra was washed.
Always fasten the clasps on a bra before washing. By doing so, you will save your other clothing, save yourself time from detangling bras, and preserve the form of the bra as well.
Also, it’s a good idea to consider tightening the shoulder straps so that there is less to tangle around another bra or piece of clothing in the same load.

Use a Lingerie Laundry Bag

To keep your bras separate from the other articles of clothing in the wash, place them in a laundry bag designed especially for lingerie. This should minimize the stress put on the bra and undergarments while in the wash. These bags are typically made of a soft mesh net material. When purchasing a mesh bag, look for the smallest mesh possible, to ensure the clips and clasps cannot poke through

Avoid Using Bleach

Using harsh ingredients will harm a bra’s elasticity and fabric, so it is best to avoid using bleach. If bleach is used the end result is that the bra won’t last as long as it could. This is important to note for both hand washing and machine washing. If you do hand wash and use a commercial detergent, be sure to look at the components, as some do contain bleach.

Keeps Whites and Colors Separate

This tried and true rule for all laundry is especially important for bras and lingerie. Due to the fact that bras and other lingerie often contain synthetic fibers, there is a greater propensity to pick up dyes from other garments in the wash. Keep it simple. Wash whites with whites. Wash colors with like colors.

Keep Loads Light

Again, another general laundry rule particularly pertains to the washing of undergarments. Be sure not to overstuff the washing machine. Heavy items, such as towels, sheets, and denim, could do damage to undergarments, especially underwire bras.
Not only should you keep loads light, but keep like loads together. Particularly with items that contain Lycra, wash these articles together as the Lycra will degrade if not cared for properly.

Hang to Dry

While there is some flexibility in the rules for washing either by hand or in a washing machine, bra care experts insist that hanging bras to dry is the best method for drying undergarments. The extreme heat of a mechanical dryer can do major damage to the fabric and elasticity of delicate undergarments. Bras made from cotton may even shrink a little, increasing the chance that an underwire could poke through the material.
Either hang the bra up by the strap or lay it to dry on a towel with the cups facing up. Also, leave the back clasped and ensure that the bras are properly reshaped before setting them out to dry.