This Is How Often You Should Really Wash Your Bras
All women wear bras, but we rarely speak about their wash cycles.
Much like the topics of shaving and leg-washing (yes, there was a whooole debate on this), bra-washing is one of those matters where women tend to stick to their own tried and tested routines.
Some chuck their bras with the rest of their clothes every time they're putting a wash on, others wash theirs every other wear, and some prefer to go weeks at a time without deeming in necessary to give their bra refresh.
We're all about doing whatever suits you, but if you are in need of some guidance on just how often you should be washing your delicates, Tyla has tapped the experts - and the results may surprise you.
Elaine Hardwick, Garment Tech Manager at Boux Avenue, says while of course it's down to personal preference, washing your bra once every couple of uses is advised.
"Although this will ultimately be more of a personal choice, I would generally advise customers to wash their bra after every couple of uses," she says, explaining: "As an item that sits so close to the skin, it is subjected to perspiration and natural body odours even more so than any other item of clothing, so it is important to make sure any bacteria is being washed off regularly."
Laura Whittaker, Senior Manager at Ann Summers, reckons that while it depends on the product, person and length of time worn, you can probably stretch this to once every two to three wears.
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"Depending on circumstance, customers may find that washing a bra after every 2-3 uses is adequate - you may only be wearing a favourite evening piece for a few hours at a time," she explains.
So there you have it: every other wear is prime.
But what about *how* to wash it? Many of us will just unhook our bra and chuck it in the load unclasped, but Boux Avenue's Elaine advises redoing the hooks up before washing.
This will help keep the shape of the bra while also protecting your other clothes from snagging. Good tip, eh?
As for the whole 'to chuck in with the rest of the load or not' debate, Elaine advises using a laundry bag to keep your bras separate and wash with similar colours.
On the subject of stumble drying, Elaine adds: "Although a more challenging step to skip in the winter months, you should never tumble dry your bras, once the wash cycle is down, you should reshape moulded cups while damp.
Finally, without sounds all 'read the label', you really should read the label for specific wash temperatures and other instructions
They're there for a reason, guys, and every brand differs!
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