How to love your underwear
Some tips on how to make your favourite bras and knickers stay feeling and looking their best longer
Bra Care 101
Like it or lump it, the bests way to wash your undies will always be handwashing them! It’s the best
way to make sure that they last as long as possible, and really isn’t as much fuss as it might seem.
Bras don’t need to be washed after every use unless it’s been particularly hot and sweaty.
Ideally, washing them every 3 or so wears will help the elasticity, support and colour last longer.
How to hand wash a bra
- Fill your sink with cool or lukewarm water and put a few drops of handwash detergent or any other mild detergent.
- Wash lights and darks separately so you don’t end up with dark colours running.
- With the hook and eyes closed so nothing ends up getting snagged, put your bras and underwear in and leave them to soak for 20 minutes, occasionally moving them about and gently rubbing them to remove any dirt.
- Empty the water from the sink and rinse each piece of underwear in cool water to make sure there isn’t any detergent residue left on them.
- Gently squeeze out the excess water – no wringing, scrunching or big squeezes.
Washing machine know how
- We recommend using our bra wash bag (wewould, wouldn’t we), because it stops your delicates from getting tangled up and being damaged. You still need to close the hook and eyes.
- Separate your colours and try not to wash with newly bought darks that are likely to run.
- Wash on a cold wash (30), on a low or no spin, using a handwash or mild detergent and try not to use any fabric softener.
- When they’re done, dry them in the sunshine, or air-dry flat or on a hanger.
DO NOT EVER, EVER, EVER TUMBLE DRY YOUR LACE
We know it sounds dramatic, and it will take a bit longer, but the tumble dryer is not a friend of lingerie, and will ruin some of the delicate fabrics, the elasticity and sometimes even the underwire.
- Fasten your bra hooks when you wash and store them so they don’t snag.
- When you put them away, fold the
lace underwire bras in the middle and fold the winds behind the cups. If it’s a padded bra, store flat so they don’t crease.
- If you need to remove creases
from a padded cup, give them a blast of steam from the iron.
- Always hand-wash the most delicate pieces to avoid them getting ruined.