Most people with breasts wear bras and there are all types of different bras, from sports bras to strapless. Caring for them properly can extend their lifespans and ensure they can support your breasts for a long time. Here are seven facts about caring for bras.
1. Don’t Over-wash a Bra
Washing a bra too often can result in it losing its elasticity. Unless you sweat excessively while wearing a bra or otherwise soil it, there’s no reason to wash it after every use. If your bra isn’t soiled after wearing it, you should plan to wash it every other week. However, this doesn’t apply to sports bras, which you’re more likely to sweat in and which are designed to wick moisture. These should be washed every use.
2. Follow Washing Directions
Bras are delicate items of clothing. They have several small parts, including hooks and clasps, straps and sometimes underwires. These can be damaged or destroyed when you wash a bra improperly, ruining the garment. When you buy a bra, check its label for washing instructions. Some bras are washer safe, but others must be hand washed. Hand washing bras will ensure they’re cleaned as gently as possible and is the best option for bralettes and those with underwires. You can also use the delicates setting on your washer, which is the gentlest wash cycle. Clasp your bras and place them in wash bags to protect them and your other clothing.
3. Air Dry
First, gently squeeze the water out of the bra by pressing it with a soft towel. Avoid wringing it, which can bend the bra out of shape. Then, hang it by the central gore. Don’t hang it by the straps. This can cause them to stretch out. If your bra has an underwire or padding, gently stretch those parts out so they don’t shrink. If your bra is particularly delicate, for instance, if it’s made of lace, let it dry flat on a dry towel.
4. Get Measured Regularly
Even after puberty, your bras may change shape and size as you get older. This can occur due to pregnancy and breastfeeding, aging and gaining or losing weight. You should get measured regularly to ensure your bras are still the correct size. Most people get measured annually. Even if you want to keep your bras for a long time, it’s better to make sure your bras are sized correctly so they provide proper support and aren’t uncomfortable than it is to save money by wearing ill-fitting bras.
5. Store Them Properly
You should always store your bras lying flat. Don’t fold them, which can cause them to become misshapen, or hang them, which can cause the straps to stretch and lose elasticity. Clasp the bra, fold the straps behind the cups, and lay it flat on the bottom of a drawer. Then stack each bra on top of the others, facing the same way. This helps keep the bra straps from tangling.
6. Alternate Between Several
If you have more than one bra, your bras will last longer. You should have enough bras that you can alternate between them and still be able to wash them only every other week. Additionally, you should have a variety of bras for your lifestyle needs. If you like to work out, for example, make sure you have enough sports bras to meet your exercise routine’s needs and don’t need to work out in a regular bra.
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7. Keep an Eye on the Band
A bra’s band is one of the most accurate ways to gauge the integrity of your bra. All bras lose elasticity over time, so if you notice it starting to loosen, you can start fastening it at the next tightest clasp. Most bras have three. If you’re already at the tightest clasp, it may be time to replace your bra. You can also check for any fraying or thinning of the fabric along the band, which is also an indicator of too much wear. Depending on how often you wear your bras, they may wear out at different rates. For example, a regular bra will likely wear out faster than a strapless bra you might only wear when in a fancy dress.
Caring for your bras well can ensure that your favorite bras have a long lifespan and help you save money long-term by not needing to replace bras as often.