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    Everything You Need To Know About Washing And Caring For Your Bras

    You don't have to like your bras, but you must respect them.

    Taking proper care of your bras can feel as exhausting as being fake nice to someone you hate but hey, if you do take care of them, they might just be marginally less irritating.

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    "But how do I even properly wash my bras?" I hear you ask...

    Lucky for you and me, Jolie Kerr wrote My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag...and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha, and provided us with all the care instructions we'll ever need to make sure our bras last.

    Here are some tips I found and loved in her book:

    1. Wash the sweat and dead skin out of your bras every three to six wears.

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    Let's think about the parts of your body that your bra touches: your back where you sweat buckets, your armpits where you wear chalky deodorant and often smell, and, of course, your under-boobs aka the devil's pockets. Your boobs are beautiful but what's goin' on around them is definitely not.

    I've given you a lot of information to digest, but just remember to wash those sweat sponges way more often than you have been.

    2. Hand-wash your bras, even if you really don't want to.

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    Fill a (clean) sink, tub, or bucket with warm water and a teaspoon of detergent — using too much detergent will make your booby traps smell even worse than they did when they went in the water. Let them marinate in the sudsy water for 10 minutes, then gently press the cups while they're submerged in the water to help release some of that dirt and oil. Give them a very good rinse and gently squeeze out some of the excess water before laying them out to dry flat on a clean towel or drying rack.

    3. If you insist on throwing your bras in the washing machine, put them in a mesh bag first.

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    As long as you're aware that you are acting against the advice of laundry experts, you're free to offend the delicate disposition of your chest baskets if you wish. HOWEVER it's absolutely required that you wash them in a delicates bag, to protect the straps and hooks from snagging and stretching out.

    4. And always use gentle detergent and a cold or warm water cycle.

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    Ivory Snow ($11.40 for 25 fl. oz. from Amazon), Woolite ($12.39 for 100 fl. oz. from Amazon), and Johnson's Baby Shampoo ($4.92 for 20 fl. oz. from Amazon) are all good options.

    5. NEVER stick your bras in the dryer, because you will hurt them and end up having to replace them much sooner than you would prefer.

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    If there is one rule you actually follow, it should be this one. The heat will destroy the elastic. End of story.

    6. Give your boulder holders at least 24 hours rest between wears to give the elastic a break.

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    Much like me after I walk up a single flight of stairs, the elastic needs time to regain its strength.

    7. Apply OxiClean to clean color stains and Pine-Sol to treat sweat stains.

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    Hey, we all accidentally drop a ketchup-covered French fry on our boobs every once and a while, right? It's okay! Just follow the standard rules of stain removal — lift as much of the item off of the fabric, flush the stain with cold water ASAP, and treat them while they are fresh. If you're using OxiClean, just treat the stain before washing. You'll want to use Pine-Sol sparingly, so try rubbing at the stains with a damp wash cloth in-between washes.