You may have a bra that you absolutely love to bits, and would want to wear for as long as you can. However, there will come a time that you'd need to wash it- you can choose whether to hand wash or put your beloved brassiere in your washing machine.
Is it a good idea to put your bra and other delicate lingerie items in the washing machine? The constant pull and tumble might bring about a wear that shows itself over time. If you want to make sure that your bra lasts a long time though, you'd be better off hand washing them.
Although it sounds tedious, hand-washing bras is not too difficult, nor does it require too much work. Here's a short guide on how you can do it properly.
How Often Should You Wash Your Bra?
The answer to this question depends on several factors. Obviously, the longer and more times you wear a particular bra, the more you should wash it. The same rule applies to workouts, sports and exercise. Generally speaking, you should give your bras a proper wash every 2-3 years. It definitely helps to have a few in rotation so you won't wear them out sooner. Furthermore, you allow some time for your bra to get back to its normal shape and dimensions.
How to Hand Wash Your Bra Properly
The first thing you need to do is check the bra's label for any special washing instructions. Since undergarments come in every material imaginable, some would require particular attention or a way of washing than others.
Once you determine that you won't need to do anything else, put up the water stopper on your sink and fill it up with cold water. The reason for this is simple- hot or warm water will break your bra's elasticity and make the fit feel weird.
Next, add a spoonful or two of liquid detergent or baby shampoo, or one that's designed with delicates in mind. Put your lingerie in the wash and leave it soaking for around 10-15 minutes. Do not rub or scrub, or wring out the water or else you risk destroying the padding. Afterwards, rinse well to remove any leftover soap.
How to Dry Your Bra
At this point you'd be tempted to throw your newly-washed bra into the dryer, but it's recommended that you refrain from doing so. Instead, you should hang your washed bra over a shower rod, clothing line or drying rack and let nature do the work.
Also, don't hang your bra by the straps. Lay it down on a towel and make sure the cups are pointing upwards.
How to Store Your Bra
Regardless of storing method, you would want to make sure that your bra is not folded in half, or that the cups are flipped over.
The proper way of storing a bra is to let it assume its natural resting form so that it can retain its proper shape. Also, to extend a bra's lifespan it's recommended that you allow some time for the brassiere to 'rest', and give it a good handwashing every now and then.