How Do You Wash a Bra?


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Bras can be a costly investment and you want them to last a long time. Although most bras contain fibers and materials that can lose elasticity over time, the right cleaning care can ensure your bras look and fit properly for as long as possible. Make sure to read the cleaning instructions attached to your bra, but generally, you can follow these general guidelines when washing.

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How Do You Wash a Bra?
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  1. Wash your bra properly

    Start by closing the clasps before washing so they don’t get caught on other items in the wash. Some bras have closures in the back, while others have them on the front. If your bra is an athletic bra or pull-over type that doesn’t have closures, skip this step.

  2. Separate your bra from other clothes

    Place your bras in a zip-up net or lingerie bag. This process separates your bras from the other items in the wash, and prevents the clasps from snagging. Even though your bras are in a separate bag, make sure they are compatible with the other items you are washing. For example, you don’t want to wash a red t-shirt with your white bras and end up with a selection of pink bras.

  3. Wash bras on gentle cycle

    Wash your bras using the gentle cycle. Once the wash is complete, hang your bras to dry, if possible. Hanging the bras to dry offers easy handling and a relatively quick drying process. It also ensures that you won’t stretch out or damage them in the dryer. If you must dry your bras in the dryer, use the low to medium heat setting on the gentle cycle, as heat damages the elastic in the bra.

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