How to Wash Your Bra?

Love them or hate them, bras are essential for a good chunk of the population to prevent back problems and discomfort. However, they are either expensive or don’t last long, and sometimes both. The bra can last longer if you learn how to wash your bra.

How to Wash Your Bra

A Little Bit About Bras

Bras, especially those made for full-busted people, are made with reinforced wires and bands, and some have molded cups that might lose their shape over time. The fabric and wire choices help lift and hold your breasts in place, allowing you to move about freely.

Of course, there are several different types of bras suited to different outfits and activities. A push-up bra might be great for date night, and a sports bra for day-to-day activities. 

You can read in-depth about each of them and their advantages and disadvantages in an article telling about bra styles

Wearing your Bra

Whichever style is right for you, you also want to ensure that you wear your bra correctly. This includes wearing the right bra size and alternating them correctly. Don’t over-wear bras (three to four days a week) as it causes the fabric to wear more quickly.

Washing Frequency

Your breasts collect a lot of sweat during the day, especially underneath them. It’s best to wash them after every two wears, and every wear in the summer for this reason. 

However, you don’t want to over-wash your garments, as they will also negatively impact their longevity. You’ll be the best judge of when it’s necessary, but you should go no longer than two days.

How to Wash Your Bra

There are two different main methods when discussing how to wash your bra. These are a) handwashing and b) machine washing. Each has its advantages and drawbacks, but the keyword for either method is “gently,” as you don’t want to fatigue the fabric.


Washing bras by hand may seem overwhelming and tedious, but it’s not as daunting as the images of preindustrial laundresses make it out to be.

This process only takes around 20 minutes and is much better for your lingerie. Simply fill your sink with about a gallon of cool water, then a tablespoon of gentle laundry detergent, a no-rinse solution. However, any detergent formulated for delicate is more suitable.

Let your bras sit in the sink or tub for around 15 minutes. Once this is done, rinse them under cold water and gently squeeze the excess water from the fabric.

Machine Washing

A more attractive alternative to handwashing, even if it can be rougher. Mitigate the harmful effects of machine washing by following these steps:

  • Use a lingerie laundry bag for each bra
  • Wash them in a smaller load
  • Use mild detergent
  • Set the machine on a delicate cycle
  • Be sure to use cool or cold water

This process usually takes about 45 minutes, but you won’t notice the extra time as the machine does most of the work. 

Drying Lingerie

Whether you opt for handwashing or machine washing, it’s best to hang your bras to dry to avoid agitation and heat warping.

Now You Know How to Wash Your Bra

You know how to wash your bra and wear it properly. All that’s left is storage. Once done, nest the garments inside each other and place them upright in a drawer specifically for them.

Enjoy longer-lasting bras that keep their form and support!

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