The Best Wash and Care Tips for Bras The Best Wash and Care Tips for Bras

The Best Wash and Care Tips for Bras

Picture your undergarment drawer: the basics, your favorites, and those special-occasion-only items. We know you spent a lot of time and money on this drawer, and to have something ruined in the wash would be the worst way for these garments to go out. After all, finding a high-quality, well-fitting bra is priceless—yet they cost quite a large sum. So grab those dirty bras, underwear and shapewear and head to the laundry room because we’re about to lay out how you can wash your wears without ruining them.

Regardless of which method you choose, water should be cool to luke-warm with a mild laundry detergent. Boulder Clean’s plant-based detergent is perfectly suited to clean without being too harsh on delicate clothes. On average, a good bra should last between six months and two years, as long as you clean and care for it properly.

Boulder Clean Laundry Detergent, Citrus Breeze – 100oz.

Methods For Washing

1. Hand Washing

Yep—Hand washing. It’s the most recommended way to deal with delicates. Although it seems daunting, it can be handled in a few simple steps (it’s mostly waiting for it to soak!) Hand washing is definitely the way to go if you have an extremely delicate items that are high-end, lacy or expensive.

What you need:


1. Pour a small amount of mild detergent into a sink full of lukewarm water.

2. Fasten all closures on the bra, then turn inside-out and submerge in the sudsy water. Let soak for 5 minutes.

3. Carefully knead the garment under the water, then soak for another 5 minutes.

4. Drain the soapy water and refill with clean, cool water. Knead the fabric again to rinse. Repeat this step until the bra has been rinsed out fully.

5. Drain the sink, then gently press any excess water from the fabric of the bra (avoid wringing it out, a gentle press will do).

6. Lay the bra out on a clean, dry towel. Roll the towel up, then squeeze it gently to absorb the remaining moisture from the bra.

7. Remove the bra, lay it out on a second dry towel and allow to air dry completely.


2. Machine Washing

If you’re completely against hand washing, or just in a bind for time, you can wash simple bras and underwear in the machine. Machine washing is best on bras that don’t have an underwire or any delicate details. Make sure your hooks are fastened, and always wash with similar colors.

What you need:


1. Place bras (fully fastened) in a zippered mesh laundry bag and zip it close (avoid over crowding the bag, and opt to was fewer at a time for guaranteed freshness).

2. Place the bag in your washing machine, and add the recommended amount of mild detergent.

3. Run the garments on the most gently cycle your machine offers. Once finished, remove from the bag and lay it flat on a towel to air dry.


Common Care Tips

Separate Bras and Store Flat

Separate your molded cup bras from the rest and stack them so they can maintain shape. Molded cups will pucker and bend if inverted or folded.

Don’t Wash TOO Often

Unlike underwear, you don’t really need to wash your bra every single time you wear it. If you’ve been sweating a lot—or obviously if there is a noticeable smell—get it clean, but if it’s dry and not particularly dirty going for another wear will extend the life of your bra.

Never Put Bras in the Dryer

The heat will break down the spandex and you will lose elasticity. On top of that, tumbling in the dryer may mess up wires and structure of your bra.

Your Detergent Is Too Strong

Most ‘regular’ detergents may be a bit harsh for your bras, and it can weaken the fabric over time. A gentle detergent will not only get the job done, but it will also lengthen the lifetime of your garment.

Always Wash Like With Like

When machine washing, never wash with heavy items like jeans, sweatshirts or towels. Those things are likely to cause damage to elastic and metal or plastic underwire.


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