The Dos And Don'ts Of Storing Bras So They Keep Their Shape

Putting away your clothes is a universally unliked chore. However, how you store them is important to make sure they last you longer than a few wears. According to Today, the price of the average bra can vary greatly. While some cost just $10, others can push up to $100 and even higher. Naturally, the more you spend, the higher quality it should be, and after spending so much on a bra, it's only natural that you want it to last you for more than just a few wears. 

Besides carefully washing your lingerie, you want to make sure you are storing your bras in the best way. Storing them correctly helps them keep their shape and prevents loose threads and ripped parts. What's more, you want to make sure you're storing your bras properly to prevent them from losing their color, texture, and underwires. Storing your bras doesn't have to be a difficult process, either. Many of the most common ways to store bras don't take more than a few extra steps or minutes, so it's worth following them. Not only does storing your bras well help them last longer but it can also help you feel more confident in the items you wear.

How to store your bras properly

According to ThirdLove, giving bras space is key to having them keep their shape. Bras should be stored standing up, and the cups should always be in their normal shape. One easy way to store them is by laying them flat with one inside the other. This way, the cups keep their shape and you don't take too much space in your drawers.

Another easy way you can get this form is by purchasing a bra organizer that is specifically meant for this purpose. If you no longer have drawer space for your bras, you can also opt to hang them. Whether on a rack or a hanger, you can hang your bras so they're not smushed. According to The Better Fit, by letting your bras hang either on a rack or from a hanger, you can get the same shape-holding results. Using any tool that can let them hang or lay flat is the best way to ensure they are stored and can air out in their shape.

Niidor also notes that an easy and forgotten way your bras end up crushed and ruined is by not properly storing them while on vacation. Instead of just throwing your bras into your suitcase, get a travel bra organizer so you can store them safely. You'll also want to take extra precautions while traveling as the mix of different temperatures and humidity can be a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus.

What you shouldn't do to your bras

While hanging or laying them helps with keeping their shape, there are some things you still shouldn't do to your bras. Because bras can be a lofty investment, you want to take care of them to make sure they last you a significant amount of time. 

According to Clovia, to properly store your bras, you should no longer just throw them into the nearest drawer. Leaving them unclasped and throwing them into a drawer lets the clasp easily hook onto the nearest garment, causing holes. More importantly, leaving them without any shape allows the cups to get smushed or folded in different ways. These bras will end up flattened and will easily lose their shape. Clovia also warns against only hanging them by one strap, as this causes them to stretch out and become uneven. Apart from storing them properly, you want to make sure to let them breathe and air out. This is why it's recommended to have three or four bras in constant rotation.

A common mistake most people make in regards to their bras is washing them too often. Good Housekeeping recommends washing your bras only after three to four uses. When you do wash them, use a mesh or laundry bag and avoid tumble drying. Throwing your bra in the dryer can destroy its elasticity and make it easier for it to snag or rip.