Most of us, whether we admit it or not, have wondered if we can wear that bra just one more time before it needs to be washed. Since it’s usually recommended to hand launder bras, washing them can be time consuming. But how many times can you really get away with wearing the same bra before it needs to go in the clothes basket?
According to Good Housekeeping, washing rules depend on what you’re doing in the bra. Bras you sweat a lot in, such as sports bras, should be washed after every use. The oil in your skin and bacteria in your sweat rub off on your bra, so if a bra is sweaty or doesn’t smell good, it should be washed. However, every day wear bras can usually be worn three to five times between washings. Not washing bras every time you wear them will extend the life of your bra because the elastic will last longer.
When it is time to wash your bras, how is the best way to handle it? Busty Resources includes a great set of guidelines. The best method for washing your bras is hand washing. Fill your sink with lukewarm water and use about a teaspoon to a tablespoon of non-detergent, gentle soap or lingerie wash. Add one or more bras and allow them to soak for several minutes. Gently rub the bra with your hands to work in the soap and loosen any remaining dirt. Lastly, empty the sink and refill it with clean water rinsing each bra until the water runs clear