Bras! Wash 'em, wear 'em.

posted 3 years ago in Home
  • poll: How often do you wash your bra, and how do you wash it?
    After every wear : (14 votes)
    4 %
    After a few wears (2 or 3) : (57 votes)
    18 %
    More than 4 wears or once a week : (77 votes)
    24 %
    Every two weeks : (53 votes)
    16 %
    Once a month : (39 votes)
    12 %
    Every other month : (40 votes)
    12 %
    People don't really wash bras, do they? (Yearly?) : (18 votes)
    6 %
    NEVER, wear and toss!!!!! : (2 votes)
    1 %
    Wash by hand, and hang to dry : (23 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    8708 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I wash bras when they get funky. I usually do not wash bras when I buy them unless I have a reason to (If I suspect the dye will run/I roll it around in mud for funzies, whatever). I throw them in the washer/dryer with the other clothes. I don’t usually buy expensive bras and I am of a small cup size so support is not something I worry too much about.

    Post # 4
    Member
    4656 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Wash by hand, hang to dry. I guess once every four or five wearings.

    Post # 5
    Member
    3097 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

    Maybe 3 x a month? Lol in my defense i only have one that kinda fits and I only wear it while out otherwise I wear sport bras which I wash after every 3 wears? About.

    Post # 6
    Member
    11589 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    @Hyperventilate:  +1 To everything she said. I wash them when they get funky. I also have small boobs, so no worries there. I also buy cheap bras. So I just throw them in with my other clothes, no special bag or anything. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    319 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I wear perfume everyday, and different perfumes- so I have to change my bras everyday!

    Post # 8
    Member
    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    My typical bra’s days look like this:
    1. Get worn for a day, then put to the back of the bra drawer
    2. Air out for about 15 days while I wear my 15 other bras one by one
    3. Get worn again for a day, put to the back of the bra drawer again
    4. Repeat a few more times…
    5, All bras get washed together, in a bunch of garment bags in the machine.
    6. All bras are hung to dry (dryers destroy the elastic!) 

    I run a bra-washing cycle about every 2 to 3 months, which means each bra got about 4-6 wears with plenty of breathing/recharging time in between each wear. Gotta let that elastic recover, or it won’t be supportive anymore. 

    Post # 9
    Member
    1749 posts
    Bumble bee

    I have a couple bras I am mad at but wear regularly, so they get thrown in with everything and into the dryer as well.

     

    When I’m friends with a bra I lay to dry.

     

    My regular ones I wash once per week ish.

    Post # 10
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    724 posts
    Busy bee

    I wash my bras with baby shampoo in the bath faucet while I’m waiting for the hot water, then hang to dry. So, whichever bra I wear for the day gets washed before bed.

    Post # 12
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    10495 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I wash bras at least once a month, sometimes more.  If they are smelly, I don’t rewear them.  I put them in the machine, each in a separate small garment bag and hang to dry.  I’ve tried washing by hand but I’m not happy with the result.  Especially the straps, so many of mine are as tight as they can go as it is and I find the machine helps to tighten them up.

    Post # 13
    Member
    2630 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @shaka:  That is a great system you hve going. I’m inspired and will try it out myself.

    I wash mine every 2-5 wears depending on weather and activity level. In the machine w/o a special bag then hung to dry.

    Post # 14
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    2311 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I only wear them when I go out. So having said that, I will wash them after 4-5 wears. And that too, I will wash them while I am wearing them in the shower. I will soap them up with me, then slowly start taking them off and soap up the inside, etc. Let the soap stay on for a bit until I am done with whatever else I am doing in the shower and then give the bra a rinse. I hang them to dry. 

    Post # 15
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    2164 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m horrible at washing my bras. I wash once a month at least, but I really wish I did it more. I feel like one of the reasons I don’t wash them more is because I hang dry them, and I always have this paranoia that they won’t be dry in time for me to wear so I keep putting it off. I’m awful. Cry

    Post # 16
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    6407 posts
    Bee Keeper

    If I didn’t wash my bras regularly, I’d get breakouts on my back. I wear them about 2x before washing, except workout bras, which I only wear for one workout before washing. I do try to get mostly cotton bras, not plastic (of course workout bras have to have spandex).

    Anyway, it’s a great excuse to have a ton of colorful bras of all types. I love bras, lol. They don’t have to look professional or any other constraints, it’s just about what you like to see/wear. Plenty of clothes (especially winter clothes) can be worn with brightly colored/sparkly/lace/etc. bras under… and the only ones who know it are me and FI. It’s nice having fun little secrets like that 🙂

    I put them in bra bags in the laundry.

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