How Often We Should Really Be Washing Our Bras

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Listen up, ladies. You’re not alone, but you’re almost definitely not washing your bras enough. We tend to have this attitude that our bras don’t need to be washed all that regularly, but we couldn’t be more wrong. Thankfully, the Huffington Post interviewed a Rigby & Peller boutique manager to chat about all things bras (in case you’ve never heard of Rigby & Peller, they’re a 75+-year-old UK-based lingerie company).

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Alright, let’s cut right to the chase. According to Candece Etafo, Rigby & Peller’s Fifth Avenue boutique manager, you should be washing your bras after every three wears (and those wears should never be in a row). “You’re stretching them out. Would you do that to your favorite pair of shoes? Your favorite jeans? No,” says Candece. Basically, you should be rotating your bras just like you rotate your clothing.

Speaking of washing your bras, you should always hand wash them to prolong their lifespan. If you simply don’t have time to do any hand washing, you should place bras and other nice lingerie in a mesh garment bag, wash on the delicate cycle, wash in cold water, and hang to dry.

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One more important tip? Get measured! Before buying any new bra, you should always enlist the help of a professional bra fitter. Between pregnancy, weight loss, weight gain, and simply aging, a lot can change with your breasts and your body. A bra fitter will be able to ensure you’re wearing a comfortable, well-fitting bra that provides you with support in all the right places. Now that you know these simple tips, you’ll be able to protect your bras and wear them more comfortably!