The perfect bra provides support and comfort, but a poorly maintained bra can lead to scratching, poking, and awkward protrusions. Once you’ve found bras that fit and flatter your figure, you need to maintain them properly, so they’ll last as long as possible. Here are our tips to help care for them.
Wash By Hand
Washing machines are rough on bras, especially those with delicate lace or padding. To keep them from tearing or losing their shape, wash them by hand in cool water with a mild detergent, rather than throwing them in the washing machine. If you must machine wash, place them inside a mesh laundry bag and use the delicate cycle setting, again in cool water.
Lay Flat to Dry
Similarly, the heat and movement of your dryer can throw off the shape of your bras, breaks down the elastic in the bras, and can even displace the underwire. Instead lay them flat to dry, or on a hanger, and make sure they’re shaped correctly when you lay them out (or while hanging).
Lay Flat to Store
To save space in drawers, a lot of women fold one cup into the other. However, this can wrinkle the padding and scrunch the fabric in the center of the bra. Instead, lay them flat with the cups fully in place.
Buy Quality Bras
Bras made from durable materials and quality craftsmanship tend to last longer. When shopping, don’t be afraid to look for bras crafted with details like embroidery, lace, and sturdy straps. Even if you have to invest a bit more upfront, your bras will ultimately hold up better over the long run, and you won’t need to replace them as often. High-quality bras are made with fabrics that are simple to clean, so don’t compromise on quality.
Own More Than Three
By rotating your bras, you will give them a longer life cycle. Have at least one to wear, one to wash, and one in your drawer.
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