A few weeks ago, I was reading some articles on Slate and came across a question written into Dear Prudence by a guy about his girlfriend – “How often should a woman wash her bra?” As I read on, the guy wrote his girlfriend only washed her bra a couple of times a month and he was thinking “Disgusting”. Is he correct? Yes. What was even more surprising though was the advice of the columnist, “Leave her alone. Women can wash their bras as often or as little as they want”. Wrong.
How often should a woman wash her bra? Every day, that’s how often and those who don’t, in my opinion, should get some education about hygiene. And here’s why.
Oils on Your Skin Get On Your Bra – Every woman’s skin produces oil. As the day progresses, that oil rubs off on your bra and, by the end of the day, there’s a thin sheen of oil on every surface of the bra that touched your skin. If you wear it more than one day, it gets more and more difficult to get that oil off – even if you wash your bra in warm soapy water and scrub it.
Bras Lose Their Shape If Not Washed Daily – Washing a bra makes it spring back into shape. If you don’t wash your bra and wear it for days (or weeks!) at a time, it gets saggy and shapeless and doesn’t give you the support you need.
Your Breasts Will Get Less Support if Your Bra Isn’t Washed – Like I said, washing a bra every day makes it spring back into shape. Wearing a bra more than one day, causes the cups and the straps to sag, thus giving your breasts less support. As you get older, you want to have the most support possible from a bra, or saggy boobs will be the result. So, wash your bra every day and you’ll get all the support you need.
Bras Start To Look Gray If Not Washed – If you don’t wash your bras often, they start to look gray and dingy. That’s because there’s so much oil and dirt accumulated on them, a bi-weekly wash isn’t enough to get them out. By that point, your bra is pretty much history and you’ll need to buy a new one. Wash it, before it begins to look gray and your bra will stay looking new longer.
Bras are Expensive – With bras on average costing between $25 and $100 a bra, if you don’t take care of your bras correctly you’ll end up having to buy more of them. Surprisingly to some women, washing your bras daily will help them last longer and save you money too.
Romance and Bras – Imagine this. You meet the man of your dreams, you eventually end up in a romantic situation and, as he reaches to unhook your bra, his hands slide on the oil slick that has now collected on the underside of the band of your bra. Romantic, right? Wrong. Wash your bras every day, because you never know when you might meet Mr. Right and want to impress him, and a dirty, gray bra won’t do that.
Honestly, hand-washing a bra takes less than 3 minutes. If you get in the habit of hand-washing your bra every night when you’re getting ready for bed, not only will you always be clean and fresh, your bras will last longer and you’ll have less dirty laundry hanging around your bedroom.
So, how often should you wash your bra? Every day. Seriously.