6x tips to keep your bras looking nice
We all have a favourite bra that we have been wearing for years. But in fact, a bra only has an average life span of eight months! Shocking! You’ll find 6 tips here on keeping your bras looking nice for as long as possible.
What’s the best way to wash a bra?
By hand! Make sure you don’t leave the bra in the water for too long, especially if you are washing different coloured bras! Rinse the bra with cold water and leave it to dry on a towel.
Rather use a washing machine? Use a washing machine bag (especially for luxury and lace lingerie). Also, make sure you use a detergent for delicates, don’t wash at more than 30 degrees and set the machine to a wool programme. Bras should never go in the tumble dryer!
How often can you wash a bra?
On average, a bra needs to be washed after you have worn it four times. Of course that varies per person. And it doesn’t take into account tropical temperatures, sweat and odour!
If you are washing lingerie with distinct colour combinations, first place it in water with a little vinegar. This preserves the colours and prevents them from running. Make sure you always wash your red and dark items separately. For pastel or cream-coloured bras, do not use a detergent for whites because these often have bleaching properties.
Never wear the same bra two days running!
Why? Not for hygienic reasons but because you will overstretch the elastic! When you wear a bra, the elastic stretches, which means that the bra gradually gives you less support. For that reason, you need to wait at least one day before wearing the same bra again. That one ‘day of rest’ allows the elastic to recover. And if one time you really don’t have another option (we know how it is), you can ‘shock’ the bra after you take it off at night by briefly rinsing it in cold water. This makes the elastic recover more quickly.
Don’t fold your bras!
Preformed bras especially get damaged more quickly if you store them folded. This causes the cups to get creased/damaged more quickly. The best way to store your bras is to place them one behind the other in a drawer.
Don’t hold onto a bra for too long!
Once the elastic in a bra is permanently stretched, it will no longer give you adequate support. So make sure you have several bras and that you regularly swap between them. Also, there are all kinds of factors that can change your cup size. So get yourself measured every now and then in one of our stores to make sure you are wearing the right bra size. There is also a handy online tool to help you find your size.