Good lingerie is an investment in your personal comfort and confidence. What you’ve got on underneath can mean the difference between a good day and a bad one.
Whether you are a fan of lace and silk or prefer things plain and practical, taking care of your undergarments means you can go longer without needing to buy them all over again. Here are some of Blest’s tips for getting the most out of your bras:
1. Hand wash your bras as much as possible
The delicate fabrics of your most special lingerie needs extra special care. Instead of using the washing machine, fill up your laundry tub with warm (not hot) water and pop your garments in. Then add a small amount of detergent and use your hands to work it through.
If there are any stains that need removing, treat them first with some laundry soap or stain remover and let them soak for a few minutes. Rubbing the fabric with a soft cloth should help your bras to look like new again.
Once your ‘smalls’ are clean, rinse thoroughly with cool water to remove the soap.
2. Follow the bra instructions
Hand washing is a best case scenario – but let’s face it, we don’t always have time to spend up to our elbows in suds.
Your more robust, everyday undies should be able to handle a trip through the washing machine. However before you throw them in, take note of the care instructions. Make sure you’re washing at the right temperature and that you aren’t subjecting them to too rough a cycle.
3. Use a special laundry bag
Many outlets sell special bags for washing your lingerie and other delicate items. These net bags allow water and soap to penetrate but also protect your lightweight fabrics from catching, rubbing or
stretching while they’re in the wash.
A lingerie bag only costs around $10 and will extend the life of your undergarments, especially if you remember to fasten the hooks and eyes of your bras before you wash them.
4. Dry your bras with care
Your clothes dryer really isn’t the place for the elastic and lace on your lingerie. Also a no-no is wringing things out when wet – it can stretch them to a point where they won’t snap back.
To dry your bras, roll them up first in a dry towel and then hang them carefully on the line, or better yet, lay them flat with the cups popped into shape.
5. Store your bras correctly
Instead of folding your bras into themselves and turning one of the cups inside out, lay your bras in your drawer and stack them up on top of each other. This helps them to keep their shape and will save you from having to sort through a jumbled mess to find the bra you want to wear for the day.
How often should bras be washed?
Unlike underpants, bras don’t necessarily need a wash after every wear. If you have had a busy day and have been sweating or wearing a lot of deodorant it is best to set your bra aside for cleaning, but generally you can get away with a couple of wears between washes.
If you have five – seven decent bras you will be able to go up to two weeks between washing and will be more motivated to do it by hand and extend the life of your beautiful lingerie.
Find your next gorgeous bra on Blest! We specialise in plus size bras that are elegant and comfortable. Search sizes 6 – 26, in C to L cup. You can also view our latest selection of maternity bras, plus size sports bras and plus size bras.