How to care for your bras

Ever thrown a favourite bra in the wash and had it come out the other side looking a little worse for wear, a bit off-colour or totally misshapen? We’ve all been there, and it’s no fun!

The average lifespan of a bra is between six and eight months, but with a little care, our everyday faves and special occasion bras can last much longer, and even make it through the wash!

Here’s a closer look at the basics:

How Often Should You Wash Your Bra?

Don’t wash your bra every day, and stay away from the dryer! We recommend washing your bra after every 2-3 wears, but it also depends on personal preference, so that’s just a guide. We know how easy it is to stick to your favourite bra, but it’s also a good idea to rotate it with others, so the fabric maintains shape for longer.

When it comes to washing, remember that some bras can be really delicate! Here are two ways to get the job done right.

How to Wash Your Bra:

Hand washing your bras

1. Gently blot mild stains with delicate detergent
2. Soak in warm lukewarm water and detergent and gently rub together
3. Rinse in cool water by gently folding bra in two to get rid of excess
4. Reshape bras with moulded cups when damp to ensure it keeps its shape
5. Lay bra flat on a towel

How to care for your bras

Machine washing your bras

1. Hook the back of your bra and place in a lingerie wash bag
2. Follow care label instructions
3. Machine wash at 40 degrees as anything colder will not clean it thoroughly
4. Wash on a delicate cycle with a gentle detergent
5. Don’t wring out or tumble dry
6. Reshape moulded cups when damp to ensure it keeps it shape
7. Hang up to dry

How to care for your bras

Here's How to Store Your Bras:

Bra storage techniques will depend on the amount of space you have to work with. Make use of a drawer that is big enough to lay each of them down without folding in half, as this shortens the bra lifespan.

Place your bras in a lingerie drawer and the cups inside one another to save space and preserve shape. When doing this, make sure you do not tangle or twist your bras. It is best to place different styled bras separately with the use of dividers to make it easier to find what you need.

When considering how to store bras, do note that different bra designs require various storage techniques. What may work for bralettes, may not work for push up and padded bras. When it comes to your push up and padded bras, avoid inverting the shape of your bra, do not fold the one cup into the other. Instead, you should keep both cups puffed up. You can store these bras one behind the other in the drawer.

By washing and storing your fave bras the right way and giving them a little TLC, you can extend their life and enjoy them for longer!