So you just paid $$$ for your bra, and you're FINALLY happy to find something that fits. That's great news, and we always love hearing those "transformation" stories. The one thing that women often forget, is actually the most important: you must take care of your bra. It doesn't matter how much it cost, if you don't care for your bra, it won't last.
In this post, we will talk about basics of proper bra care, a step-by-step guide on how to hand wash a bra, and information on how to choose a good lingerie soap.
Signs of improper care:
At most bra boutiques, your bra lady will go over care instructions with you (and if they don't, ask!) There is a reason they emphasize bra care - boutiques want happy customers! Not to mention, returns are VERY expensive for small businesses, so it benefits the store to teach you about proper bra care. At many bra stores, signs of improper care may void any return policy or warranty.
Basics of proper bra care
When bra fitters try to sell you lingerie wash, it isn't a scam...
While they may make a few extra bucks selling you lingerie soap, bra shops make far more money on your purchase of bras. If you don't properly care for your bra, it won't last you as long - that is the honest truth. If you would rather put them in the washer and dryer, bust the underwire and ruin the fabric, I'm sure your local bra lady would happily sell you a bra in every 4-6 weeks. However, most store owners care more about your bras lasting because that instills your trust in them. Buy the damn bra soap! You'll save yourself the discomfort and time shopping for new bras.
Things we DON'T recommend for washing your bra:
There are several different types of laundry soap to choose from, but "normal" detergent is too harsh for delicate fabric, and it will break down much faster...
Top product recommendation: SOAK WASH
This might be super annoying, but I only have one thing to recommend. That's because I have tried SO MANY other products and they just don't get the dirt out as well as this one does (especially for the price!) Retails for around $16-17 per bottle (lasts me about 3-4 months per bottle, but I wash a LOT of stuff with it).
SOAK is by far the best lingerie wash on the market today, and here's why:
If you don't opt for Soak, you can choose any lingerie wash. When choosing a soap, here are some ingredients to avoid: bleach, sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, phenols, brighteners, petroleum distillates, and 1,4-dioxane.
How to hand wash your bra
This may seem obvious, but we get a lot of questions about how to hand wash a bra. Follow the quick steps below - it only takes 20 minutes from start to finish!
Sarah Rice is a former bra store owner who still has a passion for bra fitting. All recommendations are based on her personal experience with fitting customers.