How to Wash Bras and Store Your Lingerie

How to Wash Bras and Store Your Lingerie

Lingerie Care 101 

Raise your hand if you’ve ever thrown a bra in the washing machine (guilty). With so much else to worry about in our day-to-day, who actually has time to devote to their delicates?

We totally understand the time crunch, but as bra experts, we’re also well aware that washing bras correctly is key to their longevity. To help you take the pain out of bra cleaning, we’re sharing a few tried and true lingerie care options that are not only quick and easy (yes, even the hand washing method!), but will also ensure your bras keep their shape wear after wear.




1. How to Wash Bras By Hand

Typically, we recommend hand-washing as the best way to preserve your bra’s shape and fit. But before you stop reading right here, let me assure you: washing bras by hand is actually a lot easier than you think.

First, dab any stains with a mild detergent and a little warm water, and gently rub. If your bra is already stain-free, you can skip this step and jump right into soaking it for a few minutes in the sink, working suds into the fabric. Rinse out your bra after soaking.

To get rid of any excess water, gently lay your bra against a towel to leave it out to dry.

ThirdLove's graphic on how to wash bras by hand in 3 easy steps.


2. How to Wash Bras in a Washing Machine

Ok, we all know that washing a bra in the laundry machine isn’t exactly ideal. But luckily, there is a way to safely machine-clean your bras.

The most important thing you need to remember is to wash on gentle cold, ensuring you’ve hooked your bra together to avoid snagging it on other items. You should also use a mesh lingerie bag to protect your bras from harm, and the same goes for your underwear. To dry your bras, lay flat on a towel to absorb excess water. Curious how to wash lace bras? You can use this laundry machine method as well, although we’d recommend hand washing your most delicate undergarments.

While you may feel tempted to speed-up the drying process, avoid putting your delicates in the dryer. Extreme dryer heat can break down the elastic and spandex in your lingerie, causing them to age before their time.

ThirdLove's image graphic on how to wash bras in a washing machine in 3 steps.


3. Store Your Bras Standing Up in a Drawer

My biggest piece of advice when it comes to storing bras is to be gentle. Stack them in your drawer (never folded in half), with cups inside of each other to help them hold their shape. As for underwear, I encourage everyone to store them laying flat, so they have room to breathe. Lingerie drawer dividers and boxes can also be great to help bras stand tall and underwear lay flat when they don’t want to on their own.

And, to make it easier to find the perfect bras and underwear each morning, color coordinate both your lingerie from lightest to darkest.


Additional reporting by Tricia Ismail, Andrea Rose, and Nicole Yi. 

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