Erin from Team Penny Chic is here! I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret. Until recently, I hadn’t given much thought to how I did my laundry and somehow didn’t realize I was basically throwing away money by not caring for my clothes properly. No one wants to replace their basics (like leggings and jeans) more often than they need to, and— since I have yet to meet a woman who LOVES going bra shopping—I think it’s safe to say that bras are a prime example of this. Luckily, with a little TLC, bras and other basics can stay looking their best for a long time.
How to Wash Your Bras
- Close the clasps! Have you ever gotten your bras out of the washer only to find them completely twisted around each other, and had to spend ten minutes untangling a soggy mess of intimates? Yeah, me neither…
- A mesh bag will keep your bras separate and make them less likely to be squished by the heavier items in the load. On that note, avoid washing bras with super-heavy items like towels and jeans, if you can.
- Wash with like colours. This is especially important for bras because they’re made with synthetic materials which are extra likely to pick up dyes from the wash.
- Use cold or warm water (never hot) because synthetics are especially sensitive to heat. And choose the gentle cycle if you have one!
- Air dry only! After you take your bra out of the washing machine (and DON’T have to spend ten minutes untangling a soggy mess of intimates…), re-shape the cup and either hang the bra or lay it flat on a towel. Again, heat is not good for synthetics, plus the rough tumbling in the dryer could permanently deform the shape of the cup.
Bonus: When I was doing research for this post, I came across this really cool tip on Jezebel that said you can bring your bra in the shower with you! Now you can steam your clothes AND wash your bras, all while you do something you’d be doing anyway. Multitasking at its finest.