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How to: hand wash a bra.

How to: hand wash a bra.

Alex Pluthero |


If you haven’t already

  1. Cut out the scratchy label in your bra with the care instructions or

  2. Assumed you can machine wash your bra

then you may have noticed that a large number of companies recommend caring for your bras by hand wash only. Whilst our freedom bra is machine washable, we thought we’d give you the how-to guide on handwashing a bra. You know, just in case you actually wanted to.

Tip: Use The Right Detergent

Ideally you want to be using something specifically for lace, lingerie or delicates. However, if you can’t find something for lingerie specifically, concentrated delicates hand wash liquid is readily available at most supermarkets. 

What You’ll Need

  • A clean sink or bucket

  • The bras you need to wash, separated into light and dark colours because you’ll want to wash them separately

  • Delicate detergent

  • A towel

  • A tap/ shower head

Step 1: Fill up your container with lukewarm water. 

  • You might find it easy to put it in the bath or shower so you can easily pour the water out.

  • Your bras are like goldilocks here - not too hot and not too cold with the water.

  • Make sure the water level can cover the undergarments you’ll be washing and you’ve got enough water so you can move them around.

Step 2: Pour in a teaspoon of detergent, or follow the instructions on the bottle.

  • Most delicate detergents are super concentrated so you don’t need to use very much each time you wash, which means the bottle can last you years!

  • Mix the soapy liquid around for even distribution.

Step 3: Submerge your bras

  • Make sure each cup and parts of the bra are fully saturated and wet, especially push up or padded bras. 

  • You can give them a little swirl, or hold them under the water, or gently toss them like a salad to make sure.

Step 4: Soak them

  • Leave to soak for about 15 minutes or so. You can leave them in longer – it won’t harm them – but there’s no need to.

  • During this time you can read another blog post, follow @wearmyfreedom on Instagram, or order one of our freedom bras, it’s really up to you. All are encouraged. 

Step 5: Rub and Rinse

  • Under running water and using your fingers, gently rub the parts of the bra that need it most – mostly, around the armpit area and band.

  • You can also use the fabric of the bra against itself to create a little friction. Be gentle though!

  • Don’t warp, wring, or scrub. A gentle rub is all it needs.

Step 6: Air dry

If your bra is recommending a hand wash, our bet is that you can’t tumble dry them either. 

  • So the best thing is to use a towel to press out and absorb the excess water. Especially for molded, push up, or padded bras as they retain the water more. Again, don’t twist or wring as you risk losing the shape of the cup.

  • Hang dry your bras by the centre (the part in between the cups). If you hang a wet bra by the end of the band or a strap, you’re likely to stretch it out.

  • You can toss your bra over the shower curtain rod, or use a drying rack. 

Most bras will air-dry overnight, especially with good airflow.