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Old 01-20-2009, 08:20 PM   #1
 
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Okay, I know I've seen a thread on this before, but I've searched like crazy with different words and combinations but got nothing. I just got two new 32DD bras from Nordstrom to start building a new bra wardrobe in my proper size, and I know I need to really take care of these. I plan to handwash them in my dorm's sink (which I will probably OCD-scrub first, lol), and I know to rest them for at least a day before wearing again, so I will alternate, but I don't know how often I should wear each before washing.

How many times do you wear a bra before washing it?
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:26 PM   #2
 
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I only wear a bra once, then wash it. I have about 10 or so in my rotation. On bra wash day, I fasten the hooks (so they don't get hooked together or tangled) and do a small load of just bras in the washing machine, on cold/delicate. I hang dry (the unused treadmill makes a perfect bra dryer). My bras last for years this way.
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I may wear a bra twice in the winter. Only once in the summer, for obvious reasons.

I hook the hooks, then put the bras in a big lingerie bag (usually 3 to a bag, and it's a pretty big bag), then wash them on cold/delicate and hang to dry. (I use skirt hangers - I can put 3 of 'em on a hanger - and hang the skirt hangers from the shower rod.)

Like RCW, my bras last for quite some time.
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I can't use my washing machine. It went Rambo on one of my bras... so jealous!

The store I got mine from said to use something like Ivory Snow or Dreft to wash the bras in. I only have a few bras at the moment so I wash quite often.
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:47 PM   #5
 
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Hmmm, I usually wear them 3 times or so, unless I sweat. Now I feel like I'm gross. I'm terrible in caring for them, but they seem to do just fine. I just toss them in my regular cold wash and hang to dry. If it's a fancier kind, I stick it in one of those little mesh lingerie bags before putting in the washing machine.
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I hook them up and put them in a lingerie bag with my underwear. I then hang dry on a rack. Mine last a really long time.
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I'm sorry about the bra, but LOL @ a washing machine "going Rambo"! Thanks for the replies, looks like a couple of wears is all I should do and I'll likely be fighting the laziness and washing my bras tomorrow night.

Hm, my mom said like a tsp of my detergent, which is the like 3x concentrated one, in a sink full of water would work. Would it be better to use shampoo? I wonder if it matters for bra washing if the shampoo has 'cones in it, lol.

ETA: It's great the washing machine works so well for you all! However, since I only have two bras that fit me properly right now (and I mean without VS-style bulging, bleh), I'd be paying too much extra to do it that way.
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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?
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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?
Ha! If nothing else, you're honest.

And, uh...ew.
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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?

You win. If I was a less juicy person, I'd probably repeat wearings too. Alas, I'm the type that has to work really hard at not stinking.
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3 or 4 times. I have 3 bras that I usually rotate during a couple of weeks- depending what top I am wearing then I just wash them all together. Sometimes I hand wash. At the moment Im just dumping them in with the normal wash because Im lazy.
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I only have about 5 bras that I like (I need to pick up more). I do wear them 2 times but 1/2 the time I have only worn them a 1/2 day. But even if I don't I figure 2 days are OK. Then I do wash them in the washing machine - I hook them up and wash them on the gentle cycle and then I hang them on my wooden rack to dry.
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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?
It's not gross if your body is clean and you don't sweat. I get a week out of each bra because I never sweat and my body is scrubbed with soap every day. If it smells clean, on it goes.
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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?
I'm the same way.
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On the topic of how long do you wear them before washing, I can only wear mine once.

I have a lot of skin issues. If I wear a bra more than once, I will get a rash and bumps. Its gross, I know.

However, during the cooler months I see nothing wrong with wearing a bra 2-4 days in a row as long as it doesn't smell.
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I base it on if I feel sweaty or dirty, but I routinely wear a bra a couple times before washing it, especially in cooler months.

Oh, I read that you shouldn't use Woolite on lingerie because it's made for natural fibers (e.g. wool, I presume), not synthetic. It was suggested to use Ivory soap or lingerie cleaner.
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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.
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I have 4 bras in my rotation and I wash them after 2 wears. I don't wear the same one 2 days in a row. I hand wash them in cold water and let them drip dry. It seems to work just fine. None of them have lost their shape, and they're the kind with the molded cups.
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I hook them up and put them in a lingerie bag with my underwear. I then hang dry on a rack. Mine last a really long time.

This is what I do.
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Another one here who wears mine until they seem dirty - if I sweat, if I leak milk on it, etc. Otherwise, I just toss them in when I wash my whites (I have a front-loader which is really gentle and I use a gentle eco-friendly detergent) then I hang to dry. My current nursing bras aren't underwire though - if they were I probably would do a delicate cycle, even with the front-loader.
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