We’ve done it, you’ve probably done it… and if you haven’t we’re impressed. I’m talking about tossing that pretty bra into the washing machine alongside your blouse (and childs t-shirt). PSA! Washing machines can wreak havoc on your bra, underwear and swimwear, leading to bent wires, rips, or damages to the fabric. Nevertheless, your dryer can take that damage to the next level, which in turn, results in the need to toss your beloved undergarment in the trash and purchase something new.
Why is it important to wash your undergarments?
Because they directly come in contact with your body. Unless you’re a unicorn who doesn’t sweat, have body oils or shed skin cells, you’ll want to start thinking about how often you’re washing your bras. The oils, microorganisms, yeast, perspiration and bacteria are transferred to the fabric, and if left there, they will eventually break down the fabric (especially elastic fibers), never mind can lead to any of these unwanted repercussions:
- Rash or infection
- Chafed nipples
- Body acne
- Body odor
Still here with me? Ok, let’s talk about the “how” and “how often” you should be washing your bra.
Hand wash (recommended):
- Rinse with cold water. Your hands are the delicate cycle. Avoid stretching, tugging or scrubbing. Be gentle! Run under cold water to maintain the fabric fibers, as warm or hot water can cause them to distort or stretch out.
- Add a small amount of delicate detergent (preferably one without bleach, phosphates or enzymes that can break down the fabrics & lace) into a sink or bath basin with cold water. Agitate to mix the two, creating soapy water.
- Leave bra to soak in this soapy water for ~30 minutes.
- Rinse well until there is no more soapy water on the garment, but do not wring it out! Instead, gently press out excess water. Lay flat and allow that beauty to air dry.
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- Machine Wash Cold & select Gentle cycle
- Use small amount of delicate/gentle laundry detergent
- Lay flat to dry!
- Lay flat in its natural shape on a drying rack (ideally)
- Never use the dryer - the high heat will reduce the fabric’s elasticity and can damage the fibers & materials.
Typically, you should be washing your bra every 3-5 uses. However, if you’re very active and sweat more frequently, you’ll want to wash after every wear. Trust me, I know how daunting this can be, especially if you have little ones at home and are lucky if the height of your laundry pile doesn’t exceed your belly button. Happy wearing, happy washing!