Sorry guys….this is definitely a “girly post” today. Consider yourselves officially excused for the day. ;-) 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!
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:
You’ll want to use cool water, a gentle detergent or soap, and a delicate wash cycle or hand washing. There are commercial soaps made for delicates, but you can easily make your own.
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.
If you are washing a sports bra or a very basic bra, washing on the gentle cycle in your washing machine should be fine. Using a fine mesh washing bag (so hooks can’t get through) is recommended — it removes the risk of tangling and snagging.
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.
If you are washing one of your EXPENSIVE bras, you definitely want to invest in some quality hand-washing time.
- 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.
I know it seems like a lot of work…but trust me on this one…your bras will love you and “support” you for a good, long time if you will just give them a little T.L.C.
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?