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How To Wash Lingerie The Right Way

How to hand wash lingerie

  • Hand wash your bras in cold water (or do a soak lingerie wash)
  • Use a delicate detergent (such as Brava's Ultimate Lingerie Wash)
  • Drip dry

How NOT to look after your lingerie

  • Use harsh detergents as this may bleach or degrade the lace and elastic
  • Wring them out
  • Put them in the dryer

The Best Way To Wash Lingerie

If you do not follow the bra washing instructions on the label the underwire can pop out from its casing. Not only can this make your bra un-wearable, but the wires can also damage your machine. Hooks and eyes can also get caught in the fabric of your bra. Below are two more options on how to wash lingerie with a machine while still keeping it safe and perfect.

1. Bra Washing in the Machine

Most manufacturers recommend that their bras be hand-washed only. There is a good reason for this. If the bra care label says to hand wash only then this will be how the bra has been wash-tested. It could be that the wires chosen are not designed to go in the washing machine. Always read the care label first and follow its instructions. We know bra washing is tedious and time-consuming but bra washing following the instructions with prolonging the life of your bras. However, many sports bras are machine washable.

2. Bra Washing in Wash Bags

Many women don’t have time to hand wash, so if you intend to machine wash try to minimize the trauma by fastening your bras. If they are left undone they can get caught in the lace, causing tears, or can be pulled out of shape or the wire can also buckle. Place the bra in a good lingerie bag for washing machines, set your machine to a delicates cycle on the lowest temperature, and drip dry. Please note that most manufacturers recommend hand wash only so even if you have used a wash bag, this is not considered the same as hand washing and it's likely they will refuse to replace it if it gets damaged.

Customer Tip:

I do my bra washing in the shower and hang them on my rail. By the time I come home from work, they are dry and ready to wear again.

Tumble Drying

Never tumble dry. On a low heat setting, the temperature may still damage any elastane in the fabric. If you dry a moulded bra in the tumble drier, the foam is likely to shrink and create wrinkles.

Life of a Bra

Properly looked after by following the bra washing instruction, an everyday bra should last one to two years if rotated with another 3 – 4 bras. Try not to wear the same bra two days in a row – alternate your bras to give the fabric time to recover.

Fitters Tip:

The more care you take with your bras the longer they will last.

Lingerie Storage

Storing your lingerie properly will help it to look good for longer. It's a subject that should be known about because folding lingerie improperly could deform it and cause bra dents. 

We all likely do this already but it's worth mentioning that moulded bras can be folded in half with one cup inside the other... otherwise they are prone to denting.

All types of bras can be folded in the centre and stacked vertically beside each other.


Thank you for reading our guide on how to wash lingerie the best ways to keep it in great shape for a long time!

Learn more great lingerie care tips and advice in our Brava Bra Troubleshooting Tips blog post, next!


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