It’s time we asked some intimate questions about our intimates. How often do you wash your bras? and how often should we be washing the supportive or saucy (depending on the occasion) undergarments?
You might find yourself reaching for that favourite bra (we all have one) one time too often, or even wearing your regular bra to the gym when you forget your sports one.
But bras aren’t like underwear, which we wouldn’t think of wearing twice in a row, and don’t need to be washed after each wear, right?
Well, the guys over at Apartment Therapy reached out to Jené Luciani for the answer, and the TV lifestyle correspondent, bra expert for Dr. Oz, and bestselling author of The Bra Book knows a thing or two about bras.
According to Luciani you should wash your bras after – wait for it – *every* wearing.
As you might have thought your bra absorbs sweat, bacteria, and other gross bodily stuff in between washes that might lead to adverse health effects if left to accumulate.
But there’s more Luciani explained: “The dirt and oils in our skin can break down the elasticity of the material.”
Before you go hung hu and start throwing your bra in every wash possible, to stop your bras from getting damaged fro excessive washing, “wash in a garment bag on gentle cycle in cool water with gentle detergent,” advises Luciani.
But seriously, do we really need to wash after every single use? Lexie Sachs, senior product analyst in the Textiles Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, told USA Today that “if you aren’t sweating a lot and wearing for regular use you can do it every few wears.”
That seems a little more manageable.
If you do choose take this health update seriously you will go either one of two ways: go on a bra shopping spree so that you have enough in rotation, or ditch them altogether. Which camp are you in?