The first lesson in having boobs that many of us learned back in those tender pre-teen years when we bought our first bra was how to keep it clean. And it was all exciting fun and games until our mothers said those dreaded words: “hand-wash only.”
But to this day, I really don’t know one woman who actually heeds that advice (if you do – serious props girl!) And here in the real world, where 12-hour workdays followed by happy hour followed by Netflix-binging are alive and well, we’d much rather just hurl those bras in the washing machine along with the rest of our clothes.
If you are like the majority of us who prefer a handy-machine to hand-washing, there are acceptable ways to do it so you don’t ruin anything…just follow these steps and wash how it’s done:
Hook the back of your bras together
This step is often skipped or whole-heartedly ignored out of sheer laziness but you’ll thank us later when nothing is snagged or tangled after.
“Like goes with Like”
Contrary to your dating life and that whole ‘opposites attract’ thing, when it comes to washing bras you should pair similar things together. Put them in a lingerie bag and avoid washing with heavy items like jeans or bath towels.
Don’t have a wash bag? Don’t fret: We’ve got you covered. Halleboobjah!
Pick your cycle
We’ll give you a hint since there’s only one answer: Gentle, delicate and cold.
Gentle or delicate is the closest thing to hand-washing and cold won’t break down the elastic over time like warm water will.
There’s absolutely no way around this: bras must be air-dried.
While you can get away with cleaning them in a washing machine, they must never ever see the inside of a dryer. Even a low-heat setting will be too much for the elastic – they will stretch and you will regret everything.