Bra Care Tips & Tells
Our favorite ways to keep your bras 100
You finally found the perfect bra (or three)! Show them a little extra love and you’ll enjoy a long and happy relationship.
Washing your bras
Hand wash, when you can. In a perfect world, we’re all out here hand washing our bras. It’s the best way to clean them while making sure they last as long as possible. Carve out 5-10 minutes on the weekend (think of it as part of your Sunday self-care) and follow these steps.
- Fill the sink with cool water and a gentle detergent.
- Gently rub fabric together to remove any stains or dirt.
- Let bra(s) soak for a few (5-30 minutes, depending on your schedule).
- Go easy, but give the garment a squeeze to remove any detergent.
- Rinse bras in cold water.
- Roll each bra in a dry towel to speed up the drying process.
- Lay flat to dry.
- Never put bras in the dryer. Machines can cause underwires to twist and poke through, cups to shrink and crumble, elastic to stretch and delicate lace and nylon to lose their looks. And no one wants that to happen.
Machine wash, if you must…
Fact: Life gets busy and sometimes you don’t have time for a Sunday night bra-washing sesh. It happens. So, when you absolutely positively HAVE to put your bras in the washing machine, don’t just throw them in with heavy items (jeans, towels, etc.). Always, always use a mesh lingerie bag (like this one here) to protect your bra from being twisted out of shape.
- Hook the back clasps on the bra and tighten straps (this prevents twisting, tangling and catching)
- Avoid fabric softeners as they reduce effectiveness of certain fabrics
- Lay flat to dry
Storing your bras
Now that you’re a master of bra washing, what’s the best way to store them?
Two words: NOT FOLDED.
Folding bras in half with the cups inside each other can affect the shape over time. Always give bras their own drawer (or at least their own space in a larger drawer) so you can stack bras in a row. This allows the cups to fit into one another. If you want to give your bras the real royal treatment, hang them in your closet so they can breathe. Or, give a second life to the super sleek box your bras arrived in and use it to carve out a chic storage space inside your dresser drawer.