4 Common Bra Washing Mistakes Every Woman Should Know


Bra Washing Mistakes Every Woman Should Know

1. Cleaning it after every wear


Back away from the detergent. Washing your bra too often can do more harm than good. Over-washing can damage the elasticity, which is essential for providing proper support. Unless you're really sweaty, wait for three or four wears before washing. Every few wears should be sufficient, but it does depend on your activity level.

2. Misdefining a "wear"


If you're outside on a humid day and end up sweating a lot, you'll want to wash your bra sooner. On the other hand, if you throw a bra on for a couple hours, that might not count as a 'wear.' Since washing gets rid of the oils and germs that accumulate, the more oil you're producing, the more frequently you'll need to launder your bra. So, that lacy bra you break out for dressy occasions can probably live in your drawer for a while, but you'll want to wash your sports bra from spin class after every use.

3. Worrying about your "rotation"


Good news for those of us who just can't keep track of one more thing: we give you full permission to forget which bra you wore yesterday. You should have several bras to rotate through to avoid stressing elastic over time, but wearing the same bra two days in a row isn't an issue. Taking it off at night should allow plenty of time for it to recover its shape and elasticity. If it can't do that in eight to 12 hours, waiting an extra day won't make a big difference.

4. Storing without care


Crumples, creases and haphazard piles can cause the bras to become misshapen. Line them up in a drawer, like they do in the store. If you fold them with one cup inside of the other, you risk messing up the shape and shifting the padding.
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