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How to wash padded bras and regular bras

Bras spend a lot of time against your most delicate skin, that is why it is so important to know how to hand wash bras properly! Read this guide for tips on how to wash bras to keep them in good form.


Since our mothers took care of all the washing, it is not embarrassing to not know how to wash bras properly. With the following guide, we will show you how to hand wash bras & padded bras properly, and how to keep sports bras in a great condition. Hand washing bras has never been easier, just follow our advice!

The best way to wash bras is to wash them separately in the machine’s delicate cycle. Alternatively, hand washing bras is the best option if they are particularly delicate, like bras made of lace. Always be sure to read the label before washing though!

1) Hand washing bras tips

Hand washing bras take more effort than simply putting them in the washing machine with the rest of your laundry. Bras are extremely delicate, especially with the underwires and when they are made of lace, so they damage easily if not treated correctly. Hand washing bras is easier than you might think – just take a bucket, fill some warm water, and a mild laundry detergent like Surf Excel. Simply soak the bra in this soapy water, and then put it up to dry. As easy as 1, 2, 3!


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2) Use Cold Water

We all have encountered that problem – our favourite bra has leaked colour or taken on the colour of another garment during the wash, and we want to get it back to normal. You might think that it is a good idea to soak it in some hot water, but think again! Hot water increases the risk of discolouring & turning your sexy red bra into a dull shade of pink; or worse yet, making the colour stain on it permanent! Hence, it’s always best to first hand wash it to check if the colour leaks.

3) Use a Good Detergent

There is one thing that is crucial when it comes to both machine and hand washing bras: high-quality detergent. Surf Excel Matic is a good example since it will help you maintain the fabric and colour of your favourite bra. Your favourite bra is surely worth it!

4) Fasten Bras Before Washing

If you don’t have much time and have chosen to quickly wash your bra in the washing machine, make sure that you fasten the clasp of the bra before putting it in the wash. This is important because unfastened bra straps could get tangled in other clothing, but the clasp hooks could also tear through delicate lace. Top tip: you could fasten the bras and put them in a pillowcase, to ensure the best and safest result!

5) Do Not Overfill the Machine

Sometimes it is very tempting to just throw your bras in with your other laundry. Well, although it is easy, it could mean the end to one of your favourite bras. When clothing is stuffed into the washing machine like that, they could affect the shape of your bra. But when you give your bras some room to breathe, by putting them in with a few other small items, they will come out much better! One of the best practices to know how to wash padded bras properly is to make sure you do not wash them with heavy things like towels or bedsheets.

6) Reshape While Wet

If you’ve washed your padded bra in the washing machine, make sure you reshape it while it is wet, so that it retains its form and shape. You can easily do this by using your hands to gently reshape the bra into its proper shape. The cups and the bands are the most important parts, so pay extra attention to those. Do not worry if the bra does not look exactly the way it used to, since the form will return completely once you wear it again!

7) Dry Naturally

When using the washing machine, do not use the spin cycle. The reason is that stretching bras could cause them to lose their shape, making for an uncomfortable fit. After washing bras, always dry them naturally on a towel on your table if they’re heavily padded. Alternatively, you could also simply dry them on the clothes-line.

There you have it – now that you know how to wash padded bras properly, there’s no need to neglect your lingerie any longer!

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