Intimate Apparel Wash Tips: The 411 on Line Drying
I know how it goes on laundry day—halfway through the wash cycle and you're already over it. Line drying your intimate apparel and activewear feels like a great effort. It's a chore, for sure, but you've invested time and money into finding the best quality and well fitting bras and taking good care of them is always worth the effort.
Here's the 411 on drying your bras and intimates.
- Good news! You don't have to wash your bras after every wear. Give them a cleaning every 3 to 4 wears to prevent the elastic fibers from breaking down. Bras are made out of elastic so the more they are stretched, tugged and pulled the more they will lose their shape.
- The drier will do the most damage to your bras, activewear and swimwear. Anything you own that has any stretch—spandex or elastane—will lose its luster when exposed to high heat. It's best to wash these items on the delicate cycle (or by hand) and line dry.
- Lie your bras flat on a drying rack, or drape them over the line from the center of the garment. Hanging bras by their straps will cause them to stretch out.
- Use a lingerie bag for any items your throw in the wash. This protects them and makes it easier to separate them from the rest of the laundry that is going in the drier.
- Line drying your delicates is good for the planet and contributes to sustainable fashion. By switching off the dryer, you are reducing your carbon footprint.
With a little effort, you can lengthen the life of your favorite bras and activewear.