How To Significantly Expand Your Bra's Lifespan

2018.02.06 4

Bras are the hardest-working garments in your wardrobe. What other item supports you day in and day out, ensuring you have the good posture to confidently stride into boardrooms and date night like a boss? Bras have your back -- literally.  HappyMom.Life is here for giving some advice on keeping them looking and working their best.

How Often Should You Wash Your Bras?

This depends on how many bras are in your arsenal. Before we can even dive in here, we must emphasize a cardinal rule: Never wear the same bra two days in a row. When you let your bra sit for one day, it allows the elasticity to shoot back into the band, prolonging the life. That said, the more bras you have in rotation, the longer you can prolong the wash. It's recommended having a few bras that you can rotate. So if a woman has three bras that she rotates (just never two days in a row), she can go three to four wears before washing. Of course, you’ll wash more often during the sweaty days of summer.

The Best Way To Wash A Bra

As with all things beautiful, the best way to wash your intimates is by hand. Fill your sink with lukewarm water, add a tiny amount of a mild detergent, submerge your bras, give ‘em a swish and let them soak for 20 minutes. Drain and rinse.

The Safest Way To Wash Bras With A Washing Machine

If you’re too busy to hand wash, there’s no shame in using the washing machine— you just need to take a few precautions. First, place your intimates in a lingerie bag.They’re a lifesaver for your bras. This prevents straps from getting wrapped around, say, a shirt sleeve and stretching out. Then select a gentle cycle, use cold water and a detergent designed for delicates. 

Another tip: “Hook the band of each bra so it doesn’t tangle and twist in the machine.”

How To Dry Bras?

While you get a pass with the washing machine,you are definitely not putting bras in the dryer. Even on low heat, dryers can warp the underwire in bras and damage the elastic in bands. Instead, very gently press out any excess water --  never wring -- and let your bras air dry by laying them flat on a towel or hanging them on a hanger or drying rack. But don’t hang a bra by its straps -- the weight of the wet fabric will cause the straps to stretch out.

The Best Detergent For Bras

Ordinary detergents break fibers in your pretty lacy undergarments and destroy the elasticity in the band, so use a soap that's specially formulated for delicates. It actually maintains elasticity in the band. It makes your bra feel like it’s new. Bonus: You can also use it on your nylons, leggings, swimwear, and any other garment that stretches.

The Right Way To Store Your Bras

Contrary to popular belief, you should not fold your bras in half and tuck one cup into the other, save that for all-lace bras. For the rest, lay them nice and flat so they retain their shape.


The Lifespan Of A Bra

The band is a great indicator on how much life your bra has left. If you’re wearing the right size and your band starts riding up, it means your band has stretched, and you can move the hook all the way to the tightest. But if it’s riding up to the extreme,it’s just time for a new bra.

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