At the store, our customers frequently ask us how to properly wash their new bras. Hand washing is the best method, especially for bras constructed with foam lining or sheer fabric. I own a wash bag too, but I use the bag almost exclusively for briefs. I know it's a time-consuming and boring chore, but since I've started hand washing my bras, they show dramatically less 'wear-and-tear'. My moulded bras hold their shape better, my colored bras are still bright months later, and my go-to underpinnings look a lot less 'lived-in'. Plus, I'm game for anything that saves me money on new bras down the road.
The following items simplify the hand washing process:
- washbasin: I got mine at the dollar store, but I've seen them everywhere from the local art supply store to K-mart.
- lingerie-safe detergent: Many women tell us that they like to use Woolite and they do make a soap exclusively for delicate items. Of course, there are dozens of other varieties available.
- lukewarm water
- drying rack: My mom bought mine as an apartment-warming gift, but these bad boys are available at places like Target, the Container Store, etc. If you don't own one, I have used the shower curtain rods as a substitute. I doubt hang-drying is technically recommended, but the important element is avoiding the rough machines.
Here's the step-by-step breakdown:
1. Fill the washbasin with lukewarm water.
2. Pour one 1/2 teaspoon of the detergent or soap into the lukewarm water. This is a judgement call; if you're washing a bunch of bras at once, you'll want more soap and vice versa.
3. Submerge your bra and then proceed to wash. To thoroughly clean the bra, you'll want to gently rub or lightly knead the fabric. That might sound bizarre, but you do want to 'break up' the fabric and make sure you remove any lingering stains. I pay special attention to the part of the cup that is close to the armpit and the interior side of band.
**Just like your regular laundry, it's wise to wash dark and light items separately. I've seen some of my heavily dyed bras turn the water a pinkish or blueish tint.
4. Remove your bra and gently pat the excess moisture out with a towel.
5. Lay the bras on the drying rack.
Ta-da, you're finished! The entire process takes about 10-15 minutes and your bras will thank you.