Ladies, a bra is something of an investment piece. It can improve your posture and, when correctly fitted, can make you look 10 pounds thinner. Finding the perfect one takes time and money, so you should take extra care to make a bra last. FaeriesDance offers their top six tips for exceptional bra care.
1: Remove any removable pads or cups before washing.
If the bra comes with removable pads, remove them before washing the bra so they don't lose their shape. Ideally the pads should be washed by hand separately, but if they must go in the machine, be sure to follow Tip 2.
2: Wash ALL bras in a lingerie bag.
The most important tip is to wash all bras (and also any panties that have lace on them) in cold water inside a lingerie bag. Even bras that claim to be machine washable can easily have their straps stretched and lace torn in a conventional machine. Snags from zippers or buttons of other clothing are also common. A simple lingerie bag will provide a layer of protection to avoid those common issues.
3: Don’t put new bras in the dryer.
The dryer is a fairly harsh environment and even if it doesn’t do any immediate damage to your bra, they will likely fray and wear faster if they are machine dried. So laying them flat to dry will add life to them.
4: Always buy bras so they fit on the loosest hook. Most bras will stretch out over time, so buy them to fit on the loosest hook initially. As they lose shape and become looser, they can gradually be worn on tighter and tighter hooks to keep them fitting comfortably.
5: Use the dryer for older bras that have stretched. If an older bra has stretched to the point where it can’t be worn, the dryer may be used to extend its life. Most natural materials will shrink a tad in the dryer. If the bra has been dried flat and hasn't been in the dryer before, drying it for the first time after it has stretched too far can sometimes shrink it just enough to extend the wear a little longer.
6: Don’t invert padded bras.
Many women will store their padded bras by inverting one cup into the other. This can lead to lumps and dimples in the padding, especially with bras made out of natural cotton padding instead of molded polyester. To avoid damaging the padding while still saving dresser space, twist the bra from the center so that both cups fit into each other without inverting one of them. It will help keep their shape longer.
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