Who really has the time to handwash their delicates? Scrubbing your bras in the bathroom sink can take a backseat to life’s other obligations. Good news: Machine-washing your bras is totally allowed. “The day that I‘ll handwash my bras, I will have nothing else to do in my life,” Lawson says.
To prevent your bras (both everyday and sports bras) from getting tangled and mangled with other clothes, make sure the hooks are clasped and place your bras in a lingerie bag before tossing them in the washer. Set the water temperature to “warm” (not hot, not cold) and use a gentle laundry detergent that doesn’t contain chlorine or bleach. Let the washer run on the gentle or delicate cycle.
And for those dead-set on hand-washing, where are you getting all this free time? Anyway, fill up your sink with cool water and a small amount of detergent and fully submerge your bras. Let them soak for a few minutes before rinsing with fresh, cool water.
For everyday bras, give them a wash after every two to three wearings to remove all the skin cells, sweat, and other oils your body produces. Yes, it’s a hefty ask, but your bras will thank you later. Sports bras can get away with a wash after every use, but keep in mind the stress that washing puts on the spandex. To avoid a full wash, you can rinse the bra with warm water and let it line-dry in between workouts.