Of course if you are in a relationship with a female and want to SHARE this valuable information, I guarantee you will score some MAJOR relationship points! haha….like how I tried to guilt you into reading this? I’m sneaky that way.
Anyway…back to bras. Let’s face it….good bras aren’t cheap! However, I personally think they are worth their weight in GOLD!
Let me tell you why I think so……..
A few months ago I finally forced myself to go to Victoria’s Secret for a professional “bra-fitting session” (something I had been procrastinating for like….FOREVER!) and shelled out close to $100.00 for TWO bras!! Outrageous, right??? Well, yes….and no. That night, the hubster (who, bless his heart, isn’t the most OBSERVANT man on the planet) couldn’t get over the “transformation”! lol. After that experience I decided a “good bra” (whether it’s V.S. or something else) is definitely a worthwhile investment.
But after forking over that kind of moolah…you definitely want to take good care of your investment! On average, a good bra should last six months to two years, but improperly washing your bras can cause all kinds of tragic results and a much shorter life-span. PROPERLY washing them will help our bras last as long as possible.
How To Wash Your Bras:
Homemade Wash for Delicates
One cup hot water
1 teaspoon baby shampoo
One to two drops essential oil
Heat water in a microwaveable cup. Add remaining ingredients and stir briskly until well mixed. Pour the solution into a sink of lukewarm water by swishing your hand through the water. Hand wash your wool items and then rinse well.
Use Fels Naptha or Castile Soap. Simply dilute the soaps with water and use it in the gentle cycle or for hand-washing.
When the washing machine cycle’s complete, remove your bra(s) from the bag, reshape, and lay flat to dry. Never, ever, under any circumstances put your bras in the dryer! The heat will deform the garment, damage the fabric and decrease the elasticity.
- Fill the sink or other basin with lukewarm water (or the temperature indicated on the fabric care label).
- Add a small amount of mild soap/detergent into the water. (see “recipes” above)
- Fasten all closures; turn the item inside out. Immerse it in the sudsy water. Let soak for five minutes.
- Carefully knead the garment while immersed. Soak another few minutes.
- Drain the soapy water and refill the basin with clean water, kneading the fabric again. Repeat this step until no soap remains in the fabric.
- Drain the basin again and gently press any excess water from the fabric. Do not wring the material.
- Lay the item flat on a dry towel, then roll the two together, squeezing the towel gently.
- Spread the fabric out flat on a second towel and allow it to air dry.
And finally….the burning question that I’m sure everyone is wondering about…how OFTEN should you wash your bras?
Well, most lingerie professionals say that while you don’t have to wash your bras after every wearing, you should wash after 2-4 wearings (allowing each bra at least one day of rest in between each wearing). Of course you’ll probably want to wash more frequently if you’ve been sweating excessively or wearing perfumes or lotions, but the best advice I can give is…use your own good judgement. :-) How’s that for getting myself off the hook?