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Bras & Hand Wash | Why a Clean Bra is a Strong Bra

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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 (and we do…). Tips on washing your bras

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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 their strength. But the washing should be done with care because the fibers are delicate and can easily be damaged.


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Read my article on the best soaps for bras. And should you use a washing machine to clean your bras? Do not forget to use a laundry bag for your delicates.


How to handwash delicate bras?

woman 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 it 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

Some bras or bra tops of microfibers 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 fibers 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.

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 its 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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Lulalu Bras for women with AAA, AA, A cups | bands 30-42 | See Lulalu.com



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See my bra calculator or shop for bras at:

Lulalu Bras | Women's AAA-A cups »

HerRoom | Training and teen bras »

ThirdLove | Asymmetric Breasts »