How to Clean a Bra

This is How to Clean a Bra Properly to Ensure it Doesn’t Get Damaged

Knowing how to keep your bra clean, especially those padded ones, is important for their longevity. But surprise! surprise!, many women do not know how to clean a bra.

If your bra gets worn out after a month or two or wearing, chances are that you don’t clean it properly.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to clean a bra properly. We’ll not only look at the correct way of handwashing a bra, but also how you can machine wash them.

Let’s get started.

How to Clean a Bra

There are many things that can make your bra dirty. For instance, the bra can get dirty due to natural dirt build up, sweat stains, and body oils. The bra can also get stained if you don’t store it properly.

To ensure your bra serves you well and for a longer time, you should clean it properly.  The type of bra and how often you wear it should determine how often to wash it.

Keeping your bra clean is important for your health. Unclean bras can harbour bacterial organisms, which can lead to various health conditions.

When it comes to cleaning your bra, you can either hand-wash, machine-wash, or steam it.

Let’s look at each of these methods.

How to Hand Wash a Bra

Handwashing bras is the best option if you want them to last long. In particular, any unlined or lined bra should be hand washed.

When washing a bra by hands, you have control when it comes to removing the dirt that may be lodged hidden areas. You will also have control over the level of gentleness as you are washing.

For delicate bras such as the lacy types, you want to wash them gently to avoid damaging their fabric.

someone washing a bra

To handwash your bra, follow the steps below:

  • Make your bra wet in lukewarm water.
  • Pour a soft cleaning agent into the water and mix it
  • Soak the bra for about 10 to 15 minutes
  • Gently scrub the cups with your hands. If the cups are dirty, use an old soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub off the dirt. Do the same scrubbing for the rest of the bra.
  • Rinse the bra in cold water and hang out for it to dry thoroughly.
NOTE: Make sure to use detergents that have no alcohol. Alcohol can make the bra fabric fibres disintegrate, leaving the bra ineffective. Soft bras and lacy bralettes need even more TLC when washing than other types of bras.

Here is a video showing how to handwash a bra properly:

Shower Rinsing a Bra

You can also wash a bra by hand by shower rinsing.

The best time to clean the bra is immediately after wearing. Washing a bra immediately after wearing it will prevent the accumulated dirt and sweat from drying on it. As a result, cleaning the bra will be very easy.

Clean your bra by softly scrubbing it before you take a bath. Have this as part of your daily routine, and you will maintain a wardrobe full of clean bras.

How to Machine Wash a Bra

In today’s busy world, a washing machine can provide relief to the demands of washing. However, putting a bra directly into a washing machine to wash can ruin it.

To prevent this problem, use a mesh bag like this one.

Put your bras in laundry mesh bags before starting your machine.

bras in washing machine

 After wash underwire and wire-free bra, dry them by hanging. Do not dry using driers  as the heat may make the bra to lose its elastic properties. Heat can also make the seams break, leaving the bra offering very little support for your breasts.

Steaming a Bra

You can also use a steamer to clean a bra. A handheld steamer releases hot steam, which kills germs that could survive through hand washing. During steaming, the bra remains dry all through the process. In a few minutes, you will have a clean bra to wear.

bra being cleaned with a steamer

Remove Stains with a Stain Remover

Stained bras can be difficult to clean. To get rid of the stains, you will need a stain remover, such as hydrogen peroxide. Using a stain remover before the main washing will make your work easier..

Make Baking Soda Paste and Water Paste

Baking soda is a powerful cleaning agent. If you need to remove stains on bras, mix baking soda with a small amount of water to create the cleaning paste. Spread the baking paste on the bra and peel it off when it dries. After this, proceed with your routine cleaning.


As you move around, your bra collects dirt from the environment, body oils or sweat. When the dirt dry, the can harbour germs.

You should clean your bra after every wear to prevent bacteria from piling on it. You can use any of the above methods to clean your bras.


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