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The Ultimate Guide to Washing Bras: Care Advice for Long-Lasting Lingerie

Hand wash your bras with SOAK wash

Bras are an essential part of every woman's wardrobe, providing support, comfort, and confidence. To ensure your bras stay in top condition and provide optimal support, it's crucial to wash them correctly. Follow our expert care advice for washing bras to keep your lingerie looking and feeling fabulous for longer!

1. Hand Wash vs. Machine Wash

While it may be tempting to throw your bras in the washing machine for convenience, hand washing is the best way to preserve their shape and elasticity. Fill a basin with cold to lukewarm water and a gentle lingerie specific detergent, then gently agitate the bras and leave them to soak for 10-15 minutes. If you have a zero-rinse formula like this one, you are done! If not, you will have to rinse thoroughly and gently press out excess water - never wring or twist!

2. Use a Lingerie Bag...FALSE!

If you prefer machine washing, investing in a lingerie bag to protect your bras from damage won't do the trick. But it's a great way to spend extra money on something that doesn't work. If you have old ones laying around, use them to pack your delicates for travel. It will keep them aired out and separate from heavier items. 

3. Sort by Color

When washing bras, separate them by color to prevent dye transfer and ensure your lighter bras stay bright and beautiful. Wash white and light-colored bras together, and dark or vibrant colors separately to maintain their original hues. Don't forget to use cold water to help with color fastness!

4. Air Dry Flat

Avoid using the dryer or the wring out method to dry your bras, as the heat and twisting can damage the underwires, fabric, and elastics. Instead, reshape the cups and lay your bras flat on a towel to air dry. You can hang dry your non-molded bras by the center part (gore), but avoid hanging them by the straps, as this can distort their shape. Let them air dry naturally for the best results.

5. Store with Care

After washing, store your bras with care to maintain their shape and extend their lifespan. Fasten the hooks to prevent snagging, and nest them neatly in your drawer or hang them on a lingerie hanger to prevent misshaping. Proper storage will keep your bras looking and feeling great for longer!

6. Frequency of Washing

How often should you wash your bras? Ideally, you should wash them after 2-3 wears to remove dirt, oils, and sweat that can accumulate over time. Rotate your bras to give them time to rest between wears, allowing them to air out and regain their shape and elasticity.

By following these expert care tips for washing bras, you can ensure your lingerie remains in top condition and provides the support and comfort you deserve. Treat your bras with love and care, and they will reward you with long-lasting wear and confidence!

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