Fasten Bras Before Washing
If you’re short on time and have decided to use a washing machine, always fasten the clasp together before putting the bra in the wash. If the straps are left loose, not only could they become tangled in other garments, which could mean they don’t get washed thoroughly, but the claps could also tear through any delicate lace detailing. For extra protection in the machine, consider fastening the bra and then popping it into a laundry bag or an empty pillowcase.
Don’t Overfill the Machine
When you’re trying to get your laundry done, it’s always so tempting to squash everything in together so that you don’t need to do two loads, but this could mean waving goodbye to your favourite bras. When garments are stuffed together in the machine, they could affect the shape of the bra. Just put a few small garments in with your bras to allow them to spread out and keep their shape – no heavy towels, bedding, or jeans.
Reshape While Wet
Even if you don’t overstuff your washing machine, bras can still come out looking a bit misshapen simply due to the water affecting the integrity of the garment. Your bra will dry in this shape if you let it, when it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to bend back into the correct shape. As soon as your bra comes out of the washing machine, or out of the basin, use your hands to gently reshape it, paying particular attention to the cups, and to the band, ensuring it doesn’t become twisted. Don’t worry if you can’t get it looking completely right – any minor changes in shape will naturally work themselves out as you wear the bra.
Never, ever put bras into a dryer. The vigorous motion of the machine will cause the bra to become misshapen, and the heat will set the bra into that new shape. After reshaping after washing, hang the bra by one of its straps onto a clotheshorse or the washing line, and allow to dry naturally. Don’t worry if you’re in a rush, the lightweight nature of bras means they dry really quickly in the sun.