Here's How Often You Should Really Be Washing Your Bras

The general rule with laundry is pretty simple: if we wear clothing for a day, we put it in the hamper at the end of the day so that it can be washed. But when it comes to our bras, many of us institute a different set of rules for washing. We have specific bras for body suits, dresses, workout clothes, and pajamas. Depending on which bra we need for any given day, it may not see the laundry for a few days. Because of this, it has many wondering if this is good for our bras. In addition, is waiting a couple of days to wash our bras good for our health? 


Answering how often someone should wash their bras isn't so easy. There are many factors to consider when it comes to bra and lingerie care. Because, in most cases, our bras are protected by our clothing, it's hard to tell just how dirty they are. The rules for washing your favorite bra are a little wavy and can depend on many different environmental and circumstantial factors. What seems to be universally true, though, is that you probably aren't washing your bras enough (via InStyle).

Why you should wash your bras more frequently

Because bras brush right up against our skin, it may be important to wash them more frequently than you think. The frequency of washing also depends on what you've done while wearing the bra. Madeline Miller, a product specialist at The Laundress, tells InStyle, "In general, fine lace lingerie can be laundered less often if it's used for 'special occasion' wear, while everyday synthetics and cotton can stand to be washed on a regular basis." If you've worn the bra in an air-conditioned space with little movement, you can wait longer to wash it than if you sweat during the day.


As for sports bras, you should really wash those after every wear. Sweat causes bacteria build-up and can create problems for your skin (via Self). You can tell that your bra is holding bacteria within it in many ways. The smell is one indicator of the need for washing. Not cleaning your bra enough can lead to built-in odors, irritated skin, and rashes caused by bacteria (via Cleveland Clinic). In addition, depending on how the bra is made or how it fits after a day of wear can also give you a hint. If you've gone quite a while without washing, you'll start to notice the straps are stretched out and the cups may be misshapen, says RealSimple.

How to care for your bras

Once you've determined that you've used your bras to the point of washing, there are steps you can take to lengthen the life of them. Fashionista recommends fastening them closed and placing them in a mesh garment bag before placing them in the washing machine. This will keep your clasps working great and your straps from stretching out by wrapping around other clothing. If you've got built-in stains that won't come out with regular washing, Because My Mom Says mentions using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda as a paste on the stains before placing them in the machine.


No matter how often you plan on washing your bras, consider the wear you put them through. Since they make direct contact with your skin, they may need washing more than you think. We invest so much money into our bras, so taking care of them properly is essential to keep them supporting us day in and day out.