How to Wash a Bra
Your bras will look better and feel better longer if you care for them properly. But what constitutes proper care? There's a
good chance you are washing your bras and panties the same way your mother or your college roommate did (if you didn't do your
own laundry until you got to college–LOL). But fabrics and construction have changed over the years, so it's smart to take a new
look at how to launder your bras and other delicates.
LET'S GET TO THE DO's and DON'Ts!
DO Find the garment label and read the care instructions. Do this when the garment is new because these labels become harder to read over time. See the chart for a guide to interpreting the symbols you will find on garment labels. If you "disobey" the care instructions on the label, you will shorten the life of the garment (or possibly render it unwearable). DO or DON'T...Make the best decision for you as to whether to machine wash and dry or hand wash and hang dry your bras. This is the biggest issue with caring for bras. Most bras CAN be machine washed, but they will last longer if you hand wash them and hang them to dry. So this becomes a personal decision. For many women, the ease of throwing bras in the washer and dryer may be more important than prolonging the life of the bra. So, if you don't mind replacing your bras sooner, machine washing and drying could be the right choice for you. DON'T Just throw your bras and panties in with the rest of a wash load. There's a reason they call them delicates. What makes bras delicate? Bras always include spandex or other stretch fabrics. These fabrics stretch and recover as a natural part of their wear. But their ability to recover (or return to their non-stretched state) diminishes over time and washings. The straps and band are particularly subject to this kind of wear out.
Bra saver wash bag DO Use a bra saver wash bag. Bras and panties often include lace, which can easily be torn in a washer if it ends up in a tussle with a zipper or hook on another garment. It works both ways: the hooks on the back of your bra may snag your favorite sweater. So if your bra is in a mesh bag, you are protecting it from the other garments and protecting the other garments from your bra! You should also hook the bra closed before washing it. This both helps it keep its shape and minimizes the chance of it snagging another garment. DON'T Wash bras and panties with clothes in very different colors. Washing a black bra with blacks and navys and a beige bra with beiges and whites will help them retain their original color and brightness. Many apparel items should be washed alone for the first time to prevent dye leakage. For sure you don't want your white bra in a load of wash with your brand-new black jeans. DO wash sets together. If you always wear a blue bra with a matching blue panty, you need to launder them together (especially if you machine wash) or eventually they will no longer match as well. DON'T machine wash legwear unless you use a lingerie washbag. If you're feeling brave, you can give a pair of tights a spin, but overall, hosiery is just too sheer and delicate to withstand machine washing. Even if they don't get snagged or run, they may get tied into knots with other garments. The chances are good that you'll never be able to wear that pair of pantyhose again if you just toss it in the washer. DO follow the same guidelines for shapewear, starting by reading the garment label. Some shapewear is definitely made of tougher stuff than your average bra, but whether or not to machine wash and dry is still a convenience versus longevity issue. DON'T Use fabric softener on garments with wicking properties. Non-chlorine bleach can be used on most intimates but confirm that by reading the garment label. DON'T iron most intimates. However, check the garment because you may be able to use a cool iron if needed.
DECODING GARMENT LABELS
Care labels for textile apparel must provide washing instructions (it's the law.). They are only required to show one safe method. (This means that while dry cleaning, for instance, might be preferred, they are not required to tell you that hand washing works fine too). However, the label must also warn you against any procedure that might harm the garment (so a lot of these symbols show an X). In addition to washing instructions, the care label must include bleaching, drying and ironing instructions. Care labels for textile apparel are not required to use care symbols if written care instructions are provided. However, if care symbols are used, there are LOT of these symbols. We are showing the symbols used most often on the bras and other intimate apparel products we sell. If your garment labels show a symbol we didn't feature, search online for ASTM laundry care symbols. They are easy to find.