How often should women wash their bras?

Many women wonder how often they should wash their bras. Bras remain an integral part of a woman’s dressing. They support a woman’s boobs. When they fit right, they feel great, and they can make every woman feel sexy and feminine.

On the flip side, bras can also be a lot of work. Not only is it hard for many women to find the perfect bra that fits them like a dream, it is also difficult to take care of them. Bras are super delicate, and when handled incorrectly, they can get ruined quickly. And who wants to keep spending money on bras all the time when adequate care can do the trick.

As a woman, taking proper care of your bras goes a long way. When you treat your bra the right way, it works better and looks better, and who doesn’t want that? Sure, it takes a little extra work, but at  the end of the day, it’s totally worth it.

Here are 10 tips on how to actually take care of your bras so that you can wear your favorite one for as long as possible.

Wash your bras after fourth wear

Frequent washing can make your bra lose its elasticity and unable to support the breasts the way it should. Once a bra loses its shape, the fit is compromised. In a tropical environment such as ours, which is very hot and makes you sweat, you are expected to wash your bra after wearing it for six times at worst, and four times at best.

Have enough bras to change in a week

One of the tricks for longer lasting bras is to have more than two bras, so that you can change them, instead of relying on just a bra for a long time.

Take heed of your bras instructions

Some bras come with handling instructions. Obey them. Always heed the care tag.
In general, bras like a gentler bath to keep them in good shape, but check the labels for the best instructions.

Never wear your bras two days in a row

Bras get worn quickly and easily. To keep your bras in the best shape possible, don’t wear them twice in a row. They start to stretch and get ruined the more you wear them, especially when you do it for days in a row. If you have a particular bra you love that you wear with a lot of items, it’s worth it to get another one so you can switch on and off.

Store your bras correctly

Don’t just throw your bras in a drawer and call it a day. You also shouldn’t fold them in half to save on storage. When it comes to drawer space, don’t skimp on it for your bras. This not only protects your bras from being folded in a weird way and messing up the cups or bands, but it also makes it easier for you to find the one you want to wear.When storing your bra, line them up in the drawer, instead of crumpling among other clothes and under wears. Otherwise, they may lose shape if they become crumpled.

Hand wash your bras for durability

You should always hand wash your bras. The washing machine is too rough on them, no matter what. You can hand wash bras in a sink. It really doesn’t take that much longer, and it really will make a big difference in their quality and how long they last. Soak your bras in warm, soapy water for about an hour. Rinse them in cool water, then hang them to dry.

Clasp your bra before washing

You might notice that sometimes after you wash your bras, the straps get all messed up and coiled around each other. Prevent this from happening by clasping the bra shut before you wash it. This will also ensure that the underwire doesn’t get bent and ruined.

Use gentle detergent

Bras are delicate. You shouldn’t be cleaning them with the same soap or detergent that you use on fluffy towels and other clothes. You can use baby shampoo, or you can spring for a special lingerie detergent like this one. Whatever you choose, make sure it doesn’t include alcohol or bleach, as these can wear your bras out more.

Always hang your bras to dry

Never, ever put your bras in the dryer. The heat will ruin the way your bras look and feel. The heat breaks down the Spandex or the Lycra, leaving them stretched out. Hang them to dry instead. Lay your bras flat to dry in the sun. If you hang it, it might become overstretched and not fit snugly around your bust again. Before you lay your bra out, make sure the cups aren’t misshapen or folded, and use a towel to blot up excess water (don’t wring or twist the bra).




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