The Breakdown: How to Care for Your Bras
First, let’s talk about what happens when we are wearing our supportive garments. When we wear a garment so close to our bodies, the fabric absorbs our oils, perspiration, and dead skin cells. If left for too long this breaks down the fabrics and stretches it out more quickly. Lovely facts of life. :)
If you rotate wearing your bras and avoid wearing the same bra two days in a row, you allow the elastic in your bras time to breathe and let the oils and perspiration dry out. Having 3 to 5 bras is perfect for a good rotation cycle. Then you only end up needing to wash all your bras about once a month. The more bras you have, the more you can rotate and the longer you can go between washes. Having more bras also means they will last longer because you won’t be wearing them out as often.
The washing process itself is simple:
- Fill a bucket or sink with lukewarm water and add a half teaspoon of Forever New.
- Let soak for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Rinse out bras.
- Lay bras flat or hang by the center gore to dry.
You’ll want to use a clean sink, plastic tub, or bucket. I personally use a 3 gallon bucket. Wash your bras with like colors, just in case the fabric dye bleeds. Fill up your bucket or sink with lukewarm water and add only a half teaspoon of Forever New or other detergent. Most detergents tell you to use too much, but you only want to use a small amount. What can happen if there is too much soap is that the fabric becomes stiff or scratchy when it dries.
Only use a half teaspoon of detergent, even if you're washing 4 or 5 bras!
Having a good soaking detergent is key to hand washing. There are many soaking detergents out there, and other detergents for baby clothes or homemade detergent with hand washing instructions should also work. We recommend using Forever New. I really like Forever New. I use it on anything that has a stain on it and the stain always comes out. Forever New is also a very reasonable price for the amount you get. The 16oz size of Forever New will last about a year or longer and is only $13.
The most magical thing of all, you only need to let them soak for 5 to 10 minutes! PLUS, if you forget it’s not the end of the world! The detergent is gentle enough that it won’t damage the fabric if you forget.
Bra washing has become a time for self-care for me. I’ll often do something just for me during the soaking time, like putting on a clay face mask or exercising or eating chocolate. ;)
There are five bras in the bucket!
If you accidentally used too much soap or if your bra seems to have soap in it after rinsing, rinse it a few more times.