Washing bras?

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Wear them once and wash.

I don't get why bras are different from any other piece of clothing. Do you wear your tops that many times before washing?
Originally Posted by maria_i

i do. if i don't have underarm odor or stains on my clothing, they go back on the hanger for another wear. i do office work that doesn't endanger my clothing unless i'm sloppy with lunch and get stains. so i get a few wears out of my clothes before i find the need to launder them.

if i was a profuse sweater or had underarm odor or a natural, robust body odor that was hard to control, i'd probably engage a single-use then wash cycle.

i also only change my bedding once a week.
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Wear them once and wash.

I don't get why bras are different from any other piece of clothing. Do you wear your tops that many times before washing?
Originally Posted by maria_i

i do. if i don't have underarm odor or stains on my clothing, they go back on the hanger for another wear. i do office work that doesn't endanger my clothing unless i'm sloppy with lunch and get stains. so i get a few wears out of my clothes before i find the need to launder them.

if i was a profuse sweater or had underarm odor or a natural, robust body odor that was hard to control, i'd probably engage a single-use then wash cycle.

i also only change my bedding once a week.
Originally Posted by rainshower
This is exactly what I do.
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I don't wash mine until they smell. I never wear the same bra more than one day in a row, though. I can't remember the last time I washed them, actually! So, now who is the gross-est?
Originally Posted by natural2a
I'm the same way.
Originally Posted by LoloDSM
I don't actually wait till they smell, but I only do laundry every other week and I wear my bras several times each between washings. I guess it works out to about 4 times each, actually not as many as I had thought it would be. Anyway, I do leave at least a day in between wearings.

Even for people who don't sweat much, body oils will still degrade the elastics in bra fabrics. Coupled with constant stress of several days wear, bras will wear out faster. "Resting" a bra for a day after wearing (alternating wear method) helps to prolong life, but wearing once and washing works better. I use just a tiny bit of laundry detergent in my bra washing loads, so my bras are mostly getting rinsed.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Yeah, that might be a problem for someone who, like, actually needs support or something. Mine last years, well most of them do anyway.
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Wear them once and wash.

I don't get why bras are different from any other piece of clothing. Do you wear your tops that many times before washing?
Originally Posted by maria_i
I don't sweat up my bras the way I do my shirts (more armpit contact in shirts).
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i also only change my bedding once a week.
Originally Posted by rainshower
Is that strange? How often are you supposed to change it? lol
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Wear them once and wash.

I don't get why bras are different from any other piece of clothing. Do you wear your tops that many times before washing?
Originally Posted by maria_i

i do. if i don't have underarm odor or stains on my clothing, they go back on the hanger for another wear. i do office work that doesn't endanger my clothing unless i'm sloppy with lunch and get stains. so i get a few wears out of my clothes before i find the need to launder them.

if i was a profuse sweater or had underarm odor or a natural, robust body odor that was hard to control, i'd probably engage a single-use then wash cycle.

i also only change my bedding once a week.
Originally Posted by rainshower
This is exactly what I do.
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
Me too. Washing and drying your clothes causes them wear out faster too.
This is one honest thread. And to answer the OP in the spirit of honesty: I wash whenever I think I might be embarassed if someone accidentally saw my bra and how dirty it was.
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I wear them for 3-4 days and I wash them with my regular loads and put them in the dryer. I don't hook them either before I throw them in. Now I know why they don't last all that long!
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Wear them once and wash.

I don't get why bras are different from any other piece of clothing. Do you wear your tops that many times before washing?
Originally Posted by maria_i
It depends on the type of shirt and the time of the year. I wear mine from 7:30am - 5:30pm and then change into Tshirt and sweats when I get home from work. I wear tank tops and camisoles under all my shirts to extend the wear time. I don't sweat or have a strong body scent. I can go for days without wearing deodorant and not smell. I could not do that before when I used to eat meat or foods that were full of preservatives and other unnatural chemicals. In the winter I'll wear a button up shirt twice before washing. Tshirts get washed after each wearing.

Last edited by Speckla; 01-31-2009 at 07:28 AM.
You'll be glad to know--LOL--I am now wearing my bras 3-4 times each, rather than all week. I now alternate two each week. I'm thinking that just because I don't smell odor on myself, it doesn't mean someone else doesn't.
Sheets get washed once every two weeks. Does it really need to be more often? I shower in the morning, so whatever funk I get on me at night washes off. I do sometimes change my pillow cases more often, when I think about it. It's better for my acne problems if I do that.
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