Do you wash bras the right way?
How long your bra will last you depends on how well you look after it. If you fail to wash, dry and store them correctly, they will naturally fall apart.
It is about the tiny little details, and if you manage to take good care of them, your bras will last you a whole season, perhaps, even the whole year. For instance, you must always remember to wash your bras by hand, and always use a very mild detergent.
Make sure you do not use a detergent that is made for wool cardigans, Woolite for example. Such detergents contain harsh chemicals that break down the elastic and damage your bra.
Here is the correct method of washing a bra by hand:
- Fill the sink with lukewarm water.
- Add a few drops of lingerie wash, or silk wash, whichever you prefer.
- Soak your bras, only the same color ones, in the sink.
- Let them soak for at least one hour.
- Now, rinse the bras with water.
- Pat them dry, but make sure your touch is very light.
- Use gentle touches of your fingers to reshape the caps, and be very careful not to stretch or wring out your bras.
- Hang them to dry naturally.
Remember: NEVER dry your bras in the dryer, EVER!
Now that you know the right way of washing your bras. Here are some other pointers and tips that can help you take greater care while washing and drying them:
You don’t have to wash your bra every time you wear it!
If you wash you bra every single time after wearing, it will stretch out more quickly. You should wash your bra after wearing it at least 3 times.
However, if you feel like the day was particularly humid and sweaty, and your bra smells awful. You need to put it straight in the laundry basket.
Winters is a better time not to wash your bras so frequently as compared to summers.
Checking the label is always important.
Ladies, do not underestimate the importance of the label. If it says un-washable, and you end up washing your leather bra just because you didn’t bother to read the label, you will ending losing not just your favorite bra but also the money you invest in it.
Most bras that are embellished with diamante or leather cannot be washed, or they may require a specific detergent or washing method. Therefore, be sure to check the labels to find all the required information.
Save your bras from bleach!
The triangle ‘X’ on your bra label indicates no bleach, and nearly all bras come with such care symbols.
Bleach will ruin your bras in the worst ways due to their harsh chemical profiles. Bras are delicate and mostly made up of elastic. Bleach will not only corrode the elastic, but it will make the whole fabric fall apart.
Unless you want all your white lacy bras to turn to a horrible brownish shade, use a mild detergent and stick to it.
- Sofia Johnson