How to Care for Your Bras and Make them Last Longer

An unsupportive bra on its last legs may leave you feeling uncomfortable. Bras do typically become worn and lose their shape over time, but there are a few things you can do to prevent this from happening quickly.

Many women neglect their bras due to not understanding how to care for them. There is more to caring for your bras than just throwing them in the washing machine and piling them up in your underwear drawer once dry.

At Wonderbra, we pride ourselves on providing women with high-quality bras that boast style and comfort. We know what it takes to ensure you’re able to look after your newest bras, meaning that your underwear should last longer than it would if you didn’t know how to care for your bra.

With these bra care tips and tricks, your delicates should withstand daily wear and keep you feeling supported all day. Keep reading to find out how to wash and store your bras correctly.

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Table of contents

How do I take care of my bra?

How often should you wash your bras?

Can you wear the same bra for a week?

How do I keep my bra clean?

Should I wash my new bra before wearing it?

What is the best way to store bras?

Should you wear your bra to bed?

How long do bras last?

How do I take care of my bra?

Bras need to be looked after to prevent them from becoming faded and misshapen.

Although they’re not designed to last forever, you should be able to get plenty of wear out of your bras before it’s time to consider replacing them. The best way to take care of your bras is to ensure you wash and store them properly. 

Here’s a more in-depth look at people’s most common questions concerning bra care.

How often should you wash your bras?

A common misconception is that you must wash bras after every wear, but doing this may cause more harm than good.

It’s recommended that your bras be washed once you’ve worn them at least twice. However, there are a couple of factors which may alter this.

Temperatures and what you’ve done that day will impact how much you have sweated. Wearing a bra in an air-conditioned environment for a couple of hours will feel different to running errands in the scorching heat. This extra sweat can lead to more oils trapped around the bra’s band, leading to discolouration. 

Although it is personal preference, washing your bra after 2-3 wears is a good rule.

Can you wear the same bra for a week?

You’ve probably got your favourite bra which is your go-to. But opting to wear this bra every day can result in a shorter lifespan for it.

No matter how much you love your bra, it’s best to wear a few on rotation. Wearing the same bra every day for a full week can irritate your skin because of a build-up of sweat (even if you take it off for several hours at a time).

You also won’t be able to wash your bra as often as recommended, meaning stains may be more difficult to remove and odours are more likely to linger. 

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How do I keep my bra clean?

The best way to keep your bra clean is to wash it regularly and not wear it excessively. Whether it’s a push-up, t-shirt or triangle bra, they can all be kept clean in the same way.

Here are some tips on how we recommend washing your bras:

  1. Hand wash your bras where possible, especially if that is the only cleaning instruction on the label.
  2. If you’re using a washing machine, make sure it’s on a gentle cycle and use a wash bag.
  3. Pick a mild detergent that doesn’t contain bleach or alcohol.
  4. Don’t use a tumble dryer.
  5. Avoid placing bras over a radiator.
  6. Reshape the cups, then hang the bra to air dry or lay it flat on a towel.

Should I wash my new bra before wearing it?

As soon as you buy a bra, you may be tempted to wear it immediately. We know the confidence boost a new bra can give, so we fully understand why you can’t wait to put it on.

Just like any other item of clothing, it can be a good idea to wash your new bras before wearing them. Although it’s unnecessary, and you’ve probably been fine wearing new bras without washing them before, it is a precautionary measure.

Washing a new bra will give you complete peace of mind that it’s clean and ready to be worn under your outfit for the day.

What is the best way to store bras?

Many women are guilty of bundling their bras into their lingerie drawer and grabbing one out when needed. However, there is an art to storing your bras and keeping them in a healthy condition for longer.

One of the best ways to store your bras is in a fabric-covered storage box that slides into your drawers. The extra storage allows you to stand your bras up and fit each one into another via the cups. Bras have more chance to breathe and are more likely to retain their shape when they’re not folded in on themselves.

If you want to go one step further, why not colour coordinate your bras for the extra organisation? You’ll feel satisfied when you see your bras neatly lined up in colour groups. 

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For ultimate freshness whilst not being worn, place your bras in the drawer alongside an organza bag filled with your favourite scent. You can also use tumble dryer sheets to help keep the bras smelling fresh.

Should you wear your bra to bed?

Despite what many people say about sleeping in a bra, there is no medical evidence to suggest that it’s either good or bad for your body. 

Wearing a bra to bed can help to minimise breast movement as you toss and turn during the night. However, depending on your bust size, this may not be something that massively affects your sleep.

Most women choose not to wear a bra whilst sleeping, providing a sense of freedom and comfort. However, if you decide to sleep in a bra, you’ll have to think about how long you’ve been wearing it and whether or not you’ve sweated, as this may impact how often you wash it.

Your sleep bra is recommended to be non-wired, as the rigid wires could dig in or cause discomfort during overnight wear.

How long do bras last?

We all know what it’s like when you don’t want to get rid of your favourite item of clothing. Many women keep bras longer than the recommended lifespan. Although nothing is wrong with this, you will 100% notice the difference when you put a new bra on again.

Can you remember the last time you went bra shopping? It’s recommended that you replace your bras every 6-9 months, though many are guilty of going much longer than this.

The more bras you have in your collection, the less you’ll wear them, meaning you can make them last longer. For example, if you only have five bras to choose from, you’ll need to buy more sooner than you would if you had 10.

Here are a few telltale signs that it may be time to buy a new bra:

  1. The band is too loose across the back despite being on the tightest hook.
  2. The cups are now too big from being misshapen.
  3. The straps are constantly being readjusted to prevent them from falling.
  4. The underwire starts to dig in, causing pain and leaving marks.
  5. The fabric has started to tear or come away from the bra.
  6. The colour has become dull and faded.

Buy your next bras from Wonderbra

Now that you understand how to love and care for your bras, why not treat yourself to some new underwear? Here at Wonderbra, we pride ourselves on offering high-quality and luxurious bras that provide all-day comfort to women of any shape or size. If you follow our bra care guide, you’ll be able to make your bras last longer.

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