How to hand wash bras and why should you?

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It’s best to think of your bra as a delicate treasure. That is if we want to enjoy its elastic fiber as long as possible. A little guide here on why and how to wash your bras by hand.

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Should you wash bras by hand?

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Bras and washing machines don’t go that well together. This is what all lingerie experts, by the way, agree upon.

The elastic fibers in your bra should be cleaned often to keep its strength. But the washing should be done with care because the fibers are delicate and can easily be damaged.


How to handwash delicate bras?

washing bra by hand

Some bras need extra care. Like the ones with delicate lace or bras with padding.

  • use lukewarm water
  • use a soft soap, detergent-free
  • rinse your bra after washing in cool water, it shocks the elastane and gets back into shape
  • gently massage the cups of your bras between the top of your fingers

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Some bras or bra tops of micro fibers are less delicate and therefore are often washed in a washing machine.

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How often should you wash your bra?

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Instead of what we might think “I will save my bras from too much washing”, it is important to wash your bras regularly.

A wash helps the elastic fabric to regain its strength. The cold water will give the elastic fibres a shock effect, so the bra can regain its shape.


Do not wear the same bra every day but rotate between your bras. This way, a bra can have a rest.


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Yes, your bras need a rest. A rest from the warmth of your skin. The elasticity reacts to the warmth and gradually will lose a little of its elasticity. By resting the bra it will regain the elasticity.

Remember: a clean bra will have a longer life and will keep its elasticity longer.


How to dry your bra?

a bra drying on a rack

Heat is bad for a bra so don’t even consider hanging it over rads or any direct source of heat. Doing a hand wash will leave the bras soaked with water.

  • use your hands gently to take out most of the water
  • don’t wring the bra
  • gently pat dry

You can lay your washed bras on a towel. The towel will take on most of the water. I usually leave it for a few hours.

After dripping most of the water on a towel you can lay the bra flat on a drying rack. Or maybe hang it over a drying rack.


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