One of the most frequently asked questions I get about bras, is how you should wash them. For many women, investing in bras is a big deal to them financially, so they want to know how to prolong the life of their bra. I'm here to tell you how you wash your bra will make a HUGE difference in how long your bras will last you. That being said, there's two ways you can wash your bras. You can either hand or machine wash your bra. I recommend one over the other, but I know life gets busy and sometimes we don't have the time. I'm going to show in this video tutorial how to properly hand and machine wash your bra effectively and safely, without them getting worn out faster from washing. Let's get started!
Here's the video tutorial where I show you step by step, how to wash your bras.
To wash your bras there's two ways you can do this:
1. Hand wash (I recommend this way)
If we all lived in a perfect world and had all of the time then this would be the only way I would wash my bras, but life gets crazy and sometimes the thought of hand washing your bra makes you laugh hysterically.
So why do I highly recommend you doing this? It's the best way to ensure that your bra isn't going to get destroyed or stretched out. Yeah, it takes more time to go this route, but when I can testify that I have bras that have lasted me longer than five years (I have a lot of bras, and rotate them daily) is because I hand wash them.
So how do you hand wash your bras? It's pretty easy. You'll need the following items:
- dirty bra(s)
- a sink or bucket
- cool water
- lingerie wash
Fill up the bucket or sink with cool water. If you have multiple bras makes sure you wash them with like colors. Don't wash your white bra with your purple bra. Wash the light colored bras together and the dark colored ones together.
Pour the lingerie wash or detergent in the water. DON'T USE WOOLITE. This will break down the elastics in your bra. I use my hand to mix the water up and to make it sudsy.
This next step is easy, let your bra(s) soak for about 30 mins to a hour. After you let them soak, if you have some hard deodorant or sweat stains on the bra, take some detergent and lightly scrub the stain out of the bra.
Drain water out of sink or bucket and softy rinse the bra in the water. Get the excess water out of the bra by softly squeezing the cups. Try to get as much as the excess water out of the bra by using your hands.
Hang the bra or lay it flat on a towel. Let it dry for a couple of hours or overnight until completely dry and you're done!
2. Machine Wash (for those pressed for time)
I'll be honest I don't hand wash my bras 100% of the time. A lot of the time I'm lucky if I can get the laundry done period for the week. I'm a strong believer that you can wash your bras in the washer machine and they'll be fine, but there's a couple of things you'll want to make sure you do to make sure they're not going to get caught, tangled, mangled, and mauled by the washer.
I don't recommend just throwing your bra in the washer. You need to protect it from other items of clothing. I HIGHLY recommend you putting your bras in a lingerie bag or a lingerie ball. You can wash multiple bras at the same time with these two.
When you use the lingerie bag make sure you hook the hooks in the back of the bra by doing this you're preventing the hook from snagging on other clothing in the wash cycle.
Add the right amount of lingerie wash into the detergent dispenser. There's some great options in lingerie detergent, some of my favorites are: Forever New, Lavender Lady by LeBlanc, and Eucalan Lavender Wash. All three of these are great for washing delicate fabrics and clothing.
Make sure the washer machine is on a delicate cycle and the water temperature is on cold.
After the bras are washed, take them out of the bag or ball, or whatever you used and hang dry them.
NEVER PUT YOUR BRA(S) IN THE DRYER!!! This is the carnal sin of washing bras. Your bras will literally fall apart if you do this. The heat of the dryer will make the elastic in the bras break and therefore your bra will stretch out faster.
Let your bras hang dry or put on a towel and lay flat.
*IMPORTANT, if you're washing a molded cup bra, make sure to smooth out the cups with your hands so no dents or wrinkles are left in the cups. If there are and the bra dries like this, it will be really hard to get them out.
And that's it. If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment below.
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