A good bra that supports and flatters is an investment, so you want to treat it well to get the most use possible.
To ensure the longevity of your lingerie (your bra should last up to 18 eighteen months, with proper care and use), and to make sure that they look and feel good, we have the following tips for you:
1. Look at the care label.
2. Wash your delicates by hand.
They’re called delicates for a reason! Bras are made of fragile materials and require more care than other pieces of clothing. Throwing your bras in the washing machine may cause the underwire to warp and its delicate trimmings to snag. Even if your bra doesn’t have underwire, the band could overstretch and would no longer be a perfect fit.
Your safest bet is to hand wash each item in cold water and mild detergent. If you must wash your undergarments in a washing machine, put them inside a mesh bag first and set the machine to the gentle cycle. Clasp the hooks in place so they don’t rip holes into the delicate fabric (very important especially if your underwear has lace).
And don’t mix your white undergarments with colored ones. Lingerie fabrics can easily pick up dyes from colored items, so do a separate wash as needed.
3. Use a mild detergent.
4. Avoid wringing your bras.
5. Air dry your undergarments.
The short answer here is it depends. If you perspire a lot it’s best to wash your undergarments right after you wore them. This is especially true for sports bras which soak in a lot of perspiration.
However, if it’s just a normal day at home or in an air conditioned office, a general rule of thumb is after every couple wears. According to Lexie Sachs, product analyst in the Textiles Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, washing a bra too often can damage the elasticity and as a result it can become less supportive. Takeaway: your bras will give you good support for a longer time if you wash them less often. But there’s a caveat here: if you don’t wash them frequently enough, you risk skin irritation and ruining the quality of your lingerie.
For women who have a particular bra that they really love, give your intimates time to breathe. Rotate them every few days to let the elastics readjust. Wearing the same bras far too often can make them lose shape and support.
Show your bra some TLC and it’ll love you back.