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How to Wash Bras

For many households, washing lingerie is a task that is typically done regularly to maintain proper cleanliness and keep each garment in tip-top condition. Bras are often thrown into the washing machine along with various other clothing items so that everything can be washed at once to save time, but is this really the correct way? 

Here at Camille, we know that when you find a comfortable, supportive bra that you feel great in, you want it to last for as long as possible, and the way that you wash it can have a big impact on this. To help you to stop your favourite bras from fading, losing their shape or even falling apart before their time, we have created a complete guide on how to wash your bras so that you can feel confident that they will come out looking as good as new with every wash. 

Whether you would like to know which method of washing is the best option or are wondering if you should dry your new lingerie set in the tumble dryer, we’re here to provide you with all of the answers you need. 


  1. How Often Should You Wash a Bra?
  2. Hand Washing Bras
  3. How to Wash Bras in the Washing Machine
  4. Can Bras Go in the Dryer?

How Often Should You Wash a Bra? 

While your bras shouldn’t be washed after every single wear, we would recommend that you wash them after every 2-3 uses. However, there are no hard and fast rules for this. 

One factor that you should consider is the type of climate you are currently living in. In a warmer climate, you will likely be sweating in your bras more often than those who live in a colder climate, meaning that you would have to wash them more often. However, if you have more bras to wear and rotate these daily, there will be less of a strain on each of them, meaning that you can wait a little longer before washing them again. 

Hand Washing Bras

When it comes to washing your bras in the correct way, you should always check the washing advice featured on the care label of each garment so that you can take note of any special instructions. 

Generally, though, it is always best to wash bras in the gentlest way possible in order to keep them fresh and in good condition, which is why we favour handwashing above all other methods. While it may seem a little time consuming, the pros far outweigh the cons, particularly as machine washing can increase the risk of damage to the underwire and elastic, causing the quality of the bra to deteriorate. We have plenty of tips for hand washing bras, so it is sure to become an easy task in no time.

How to Hand Wash a Bra

  1. First of all, fill your sink or a basin with cool or lukewarm water.
  2. Add a washing detergent of your choice. We recommend using a specially formulated product for use on delicate items.
  3. Soak your bras in the water for up to one hour, then gently rub them, paying attention to the armpit areas and the band, as this is where dirt is most likely to accumulate. 
  4. Once your bras have been sufficiently washed, carefully rinse any excess liquid from each garment, pat them dry and reshape any moulded cups as necessary before letting them dry thoroughly.
Washing bras

How to Wash Bras in the Washing Machine

A bra with an underwire should never be put into the washing machine; however, many types of bralettes and non-wired bras are safe to be machine washed, although this method isn’t as gentle as hand washing. 

For those who prefer to wash their lingerie items using a washing machine, it’s important that you wash them on a cool, delicate setting to protect their soft fabrics and avoid damaging them where you can. Each bra’s hook and eye fastening should be secure to avoid any unwanted snagging of your other lingerie items and reduce the likelihood of bras getting tangled together. 

Ideally, bras should be washed separately from other types of clothing, but if you’re looking for a little extra protection to make sure that they stay in excellent condition with each machine wash, try investing in a mesh lingerie bag. These are made to prevent your bras from stretching out as well as stopping any snagging of other items, so they are a great laundry accessory to invest in. 

How to wash bras in the washing machine

Can Bras Go in the Dryer? 

Once you have finished washing, it might be tempting to try and reduce the amount of drying time for your bras by putting them in the tumble dryer; however, any laundry expert will tell you that this should never be done. 

Direct heat from dryers and radiators can cause damage to your bras and also has the potential to melt your underwire, so air drying is a much safer and gentler option. Leave them out for at least a day to ensure that they dry fully, and be sure to store them away neatly to help them to retain their original shape and prevent any wires from bending. 

Bras at Camille

Now that you’re feeling more confident about washing different types of bras, this gives you the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a few new styles for your wardrobe. Here at Camille, we offer high-quality, supportive lingerie that women can rely on, so why not take a look at our complete range today? 


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