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Every bra-wearing person has most likely experienced the complete and utter destruction that comes from throwing a bra in the dryer. Or hell, even just by throwing it into the washing machine. It can be frustrating. Whether the lining balls up, the fabric gets torn up, the wires pop through the fabric or the straps snap off, washing a bra using machines can be an expensive gamble.

I've been hand washing my bras for years and I will never ever go back to using machines! Hand washing a bra much easier than you'd think, too. Keep reading to find out how to wash your bras by hand with very little fuss. :D

Plus, I hope this way of washing bras will encourage you to wash yours more often, especially when the weather is warm! Bras collect dirt, sweat, dead skin cells and all sorts of nasty things. Not washing your bras can lead to some pretty terrible breakouts and even infections if you're super busty. Try to wash your favorite bras often, and make sure to rotate bras daily and go braless when you can to give your favorite bras a chance to dry out completely and let the elastic take a break.

 
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Step 1: What you'll need

Picture of What you'll need
  • dirty bras
  • washing detergent of choice
  • clean sink or a clean bucket/large bowl
  • warm water
  • salad spinner

I'm using this salad spinner. It's small but gets the job done!

When it comes to detergent, you can use the normal stuff you already have. There are also fragrance and dye free alternatives out there that are just for delicates, but I don't always keep them on hand because they're a little more expensive.

P.S. Does your bra have push up inserts? Take those out before washing, for sure.

oilitright3 months ago

Feel free to rag on me for this remark. My first though was that the first step would be 'remove the bra' 1-locate clasp by feeling at approximately the height of the scapula at he mid-line of the body 2-push the two opposing ends together slightly while at the same time lifting and separating the two end 3-shrug the shoulders to allow the shoulder straps to fall to the sides of the torso *not required with a strapless bra 4-shake vigorously to dislodge and pull the bra away from the body *alternatively just let the dam thing fall to the floor and kick it into the corner after all it's been kicking your butt all day.

boocat oilitright3 months ago

Buy a bra that fits.

Ms Bev3 months ago

If you add a tablespoon to 1/4 cup of vinegar to the rinse water, it will completely remove all the detergent from you bra. The smell DOES not stay, it actually deodorizes any remaining odors. This is especially nice for those of us that have allergies to detergents etc. that remain in our clothing.

Thanks for the extra tip!

I use vinegar in our rinse cycle and have never had a problem. No fabric softener for this family. ; )

I started doing that when my daughter was a baby as she was allergic to all detergents and fabric softeners. (that was in 1972) No fabric softener in my house either.
thebeatonpath3 months ago

The salad spinner is brilliant! I would never have thought of that!

ditto!

ckafka3 months ago

I always put mine in a mesh bag and throw them into the washing maschine
on cold or warm at most. Never have a problem doing it that way. I only hand wash when I don't have one of those bags handy - they keep wires and all the other parts from being tangled anywhere and thus dramatically reduce the risk of anything breaking, either on the bra or the washing mashine itself.

mlheran3 months ago

I'm definitely going to add a salad spinner to my washing routine, very clever! I usually hang mine upside-down by the underwires and other major seams, I figure drying it opposite the way it is normally stressed may help it keep its shape a bit longer -plus it gets a bit more air flow.

kagu6324183 months ago

Thank you for posting this .. Great instructions - easy follow, and just in time .. Today is my Laundry day :)

tenthz3 months ago

Great step-by-step instructions! The salad spinner idea is GENIUS!

grannyjones3 months ago

Rolling a wet (no-wire) bra up in a towel and stepping on it, gets enough water out that I can finish with a hair dryer. I avoid padding, especially foam, so my bras have to last a very long time. (What's wrong with a C cup, anyway?)

Well this is very useful and something I wish was more widely known. Thanks for sharing!

sabu.dawdy3 months ago

i like this =)