The average price of a bra in the United States is around $60, and most experts recommend that a woman have at least five bras to rotate during the work week, plus extra “special occasion” bras. This makes bras a major expense for most women: owning six average-priced bras will set you back $360. In addition, experts say that bras need to be replaced every 12 to 18 months, and more often for nursing bras or extra-large cup sizes.
Proper care of your bra will significantly extend its lifetime, saving you time and money. The following bra care tips gleaned from a variety of experts can help you keep your bras stronger, longer. Keep in mind that the more bras you own, the less often you’ll have to wear them and the longer they’ll last.
Experts advise that you wash your bra frequently. Susan Nethero, known as the “bra whisperer” recommends washing a bra after wearing it twice. And Cindy Johnson, owner of SOL in Denver, says you should wash your bra after each wearing. The reason? According to Johnson, washing often will actually help your bra to last longer, because bras are made of gentle fabrics that break down with body oils. Frequent washing helps them maintain their structure and elasticity.
Hand Wash Your Bras.
While not a hard and fast rule, in a Huffington Post article on bra care the author noted that “each and every expert we spoke to said that hand washing your bras…is the best way to prolong their lives.” Bras should always be washed in cool or cold water with a gentle soap; never use bleach. Many bra experts recommend using baby shampoo, and noted that some gentle cleaners, including Woolite, contain bleach and should be avoided.
If you must wash your bra in a machine, always use the gentle cycle and cold water. You should clasp your bra before putting in the machine to prevent the clasps from tearing fabric, and using a mesh laundry bag is a good idea to prevent twisting and snagging.
Always Hang Dry.
Although the experts say that bras can be washed in the machine, hang drying them is a must—no exceptions. Bras and other delicate lingerie items are not meant to withstand the heat of a mechanical dryer, and this will damage them quickly.
If you need a way to hang your bras, check out the Bra Tree®, a two-tiered hanger with a swivel hook that allows it to hang in any direction, and a total of twelve (12) smooth hooks for storing bras and other delicate items. The Bra Tree® is truly a unique and innovative item that can be used for both hang drying and organization of your lingerie and swimwear, or even scarves and belts. If you’d like to find out more, please contact us.
Listen up, ladies! With all of the underwear items we collect, organizing our essentials can be a hassle. Drawers are much-needed for storage, but as we all know, they don’t really organize anything. Instead, they just hide the mess. Now, there is finally some relief from the never-ending hunt for specific bras, panties, lingerie, and more! Check out the Bra Tree, the ultimate clutter eliminator.
The Bra Tree is the one and only bra and lingerie organizer on the market and is the optimal solution for helping you declutter and save yourself from a lifetime of messy drawers! Keep reading for some great ways to use the Bra Tree.
Bras: Have you ever been on a hunt for a specific bra, but your unruly drawers slow you down? Or found your bras hooked together in a giant tangle of straps? The Bra Tree is the perfect fix for those time-consuming bra woes.
Undies: Everyone has that one drawer that is designated for underwear. And most of the time it is jam-packed with mountains of undies in every color and style. Arranging your underwear drawer may seem like an impossible feat, but the Bra Tree can help you conquer it.
Lingerie: Stuffing lingerie into drawers may seem like the only option, but unfortunately it is really just a good way to ruin it. Underwire in bras can be bent, lace can be torn, and straps can be tangled, all while shoved into a drawer. Lingerie is not cheap, so treat it well. Separate all of your pieces on the Bra Tree to keep everything in excellent condition for that much-needed steamy night.
Swimwear: Nothing is more frustrating than packing your things to go to the beach and having to hunt down both pieces of your bikini. The Bra Tree stops that teeny bikini from disappearing by keeping it in one easy-to-find spot.
Accessories: Scarves, belts, and necklaces … oh my! Accessories like these can be hard to organize. Scarves can be torn and frayed, belts can take up a lot of space, and necklaces can get easily scratched and tangled. The Bra Tree makes managing items like these simple by keeping them unharmed and organized.
Women all over the world spend much of their time confined into an ill-fitting bra. While bras are needed for style and overall breast health, they do not have to be uncomfortable. Ensuring a proper fit goes a long way when it comes to how comfortable they feel. Knowing great bra fitting tips can make your next fit easy! Here are four key fit points to remember next time you shop:
When fitting a new bra, straps should be snug, not tight. Make sure that when you move around they stay in place, but do not dig into your skin. Straps should be adjusted every time you wear your bra, in case they have moved during wash and/or storage.
The band of your bra should be even all the way around your body. One of the most common ill-fitting bra problems is that the band sits higher in the back than it does in the front. If your bra “climbs” up your back, try adjusting the straps to be slightly more loose and see if that solves the issue. If not, it may be time to be measured and ensure you are wearing the proper bra size. Also, when buying a bra, the front of the band should sit flush against your chest, between your breasts. if your bra gaps away from your skin, it is an improper fit.
The cups of your bra should always lay smooth against your skin. There should not be any “spillage” of your breasts out the sides of the cup. Also, any bunching or wrinkles are an indication that the cup size is not correct. 3rd
If you wear a bra that has an underwire, the underwire should sit flush against you skin, and completely encompass your breast. An ill-fitting underwire is probably one of the most uncomfortable aspects of a poorly fit bra. Also, if the wire does not fit in the correct spot, it can create points of soreness on your breasts. The underwire should also sit flush against the chest in the middle of your breasts. If there is breast tissue between the underwire and your skin, then it does not fit!
Any time you go shopping for a bra, take the time to be measured, and keep in mind the above bra fitting tips, and you are sure to walk out of the store with a proper fitting and comfortable bra. With so much of our time spent wearing them, comfort is of the up most importance! To learn more about how to find the perfect bra, or to find out the perfect way to store your bras, please Contact Us.
In today’s fast paced world, who has time to dig through the bra drawer looking for the right color or even a specific one? All that shifting and squishing causes such damage to under wire and padding, and makes everything all twisted up together. We say no more! It’s time to treat yourself to the Bra Tree. The Bra Tree is a hanging organizer that makes the drawer dig a thing of the past.
The Bra Tree was born on a night when it took 15 minutes digging through, and damaging the bras all stuffed in a drawer. There just had to be a better way than this. The best way to maintain a bra’s integrity and shape is to hang it, but who has room to hang each bra on a hanger in the closet? Now anyone can.
Taking proper care of your bra is the only way for it to last. It’s a good idea to have several bras so you can rotate them. You should not wear your bra more than 3 times a week, and never consecutive days. The best bra care is hand washing:
>Fill the sink with cool water and a couple tablespoons of mild liquid detergent. Soak your bra for about 15 minutes. This allows the soap to penetrate through the entire garment.
>Gently and thoroughly rub all parts of the bra including the shoulder and back straps.
>Run cool water over the entire bra until the water runs clear. This is the best way to rinse the dirt and soap out of the material.
>Place the bra on a towel and place a towel on top. Gently press to remove all excess water.
>Hook clasps and fix cups prior to hanging to air dry.
Of course, not everyone has the time to hand wash intimates. If you must use a washing machine for your bra, hook clasps and tighten shoulder straps before placing it in a garment bag. Using a garment bag lessens the stress put on the bra and helps prevent it from tangling with other clothing and washing machine parts. Put the machine on gentle cycle and cool rinse. Use a mild detergent. NEVER dry your bra in the dryer. Hang to air dry after checking that clasps are still hooked and cups are fixed.
The best hanger to hang your bras on to dry and for storage is the Bra Tree. It is an organizer, a space saver, and a multitasker. Not only can you hang your bras, but all intimates, lingerie, and swimsuits.
Never dig for a bra again. Contact us today to discover your perfect Bra Tree.
1. Wash Your Brand New Suit. Here’s a trick that will prolong the life of your new bathing suit.
Add a teaspoon of white vinegar to a quart of cold water and soak your new suit for 30 minutes. This will help prevent the colors from bleeding and fading, keeping them brighter longer. Wash and dry as described below.
2. Shower Before Wearing to prevent transfer of substances like dirt, perspiration, oils, lotions, makeup, deodorant, and perfumes that can be absorbed by the fabric and cause lasting damage.
3. Rinse Your Suit Before Swimming to minimize the amount of pool chlorine that the fabric will absorb.
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4. Choose Appropriate Suits for the Right Activities
Hot water and excessive chlorine can accelerate the damage to a bathing suit, so if you are going to sit in a Jacuzzi, you may want to wear an older or less expensive suit, or one that is 100% polyester and/or chlorine resistant.
Lighter colors are more fade resistant than darker colors.
You can find swimwear made specifically for active wear such as water aerobics, water skiing, beach volleyball etc. They are designed specifically with fabrics to help keep your suit in place during vigorous activity. Choose a well-made, more expensive suit to endure your level of activity.
5. Alternate Swimsuits
Swap out suits when and if possible. Most swimsuits contain spandex, a memory fabric, which requires 24hrs for the suit to return to its original shape.
Extend the life of swimwear by minimizing usage
6. Watch Where You Sit
Avoid rough surfaces like concrete and cool decking to prevent tearing and fraying of your suit by laying down a towel. Be careful of wooden surfaces as well as wood splinters can snag the delicate fabric.
7. Rinse and Wash to eliminate chemicals and substances that harm swimwear’s delicate fabric:
Salt water & chlorine
Suntan lotions & oils
Perspiration & oils from your skin
Dirt & sand
And always check the manufacturer’s label for special instructions on the best care for your individual swimwear.
Rinse off immediately after each swim and before sunbathing, as the combination of the sun and chemicals can accelerate the deterioration of the fabric.
Hand wash after wearing. In a sink, add a small amount of mild liquid, not powder, detergent to cold water. Let soak for 15 minutes then gently massage to work out the chemicals and dirt. Rinse thoroughly.
Washing Machines: Washing your suit in a machine is not recommended; however, some manufacturers may suggest you wash your bathing suit after every 5-6 uses to remove dirt, oils, and chlorine buildup. If you choose to wash your swimwear in a machine, place your suit in a mesh laundry bag to help eliminate tearing, stretching and twisting around other articles of clothing. Use mild liquid laundry detergent in cold water on “delicate” or “hand wash” cycle.
8. Drying Swimwear
Never wring a swimsuit out. Instead, lay flat between two dry towels, then roll the towels up, gently pressing the towels to absorb the excess moisture from the swimsuit then allow to air dry the rest of the way on the Bra Tree®.
Avoid drying in direct sunlight as this will fade the fabric.
Do not use heat of any kind to dry your swimsuit as this will destroy the elastic fabric in the suit.
Make sure your swimsuit is completely dry before storing in your wardrobe on the Bra Tree®.
9. Never Dry Clean, Iron or Bleach your swimsuit
Dry cleaning is never good for elastic and spandex fabrics
Bleach will cause discoloration and damage
Dampen with water to eliminate wrinkles; ironing will melt your fabric.
10. Short-term and Long-term Storage
Avoid storing wet or damp suits, as this will cause the suit to mildew and stain. If you must travel a short distance with a wet suit, roll up in a towel to absorb excess moisture and place in a plastic bag with small holes to ventilate. Wash as soon as possible.
Love Your Bras and They Will Take Care of Your Curvaceous Assets!
Ladies, I know some of you have a tendency to keep your bra’s longer than you should, (especially if it’s one of those comfy ones). Here’s the real deal, even the expensive bras wont last forever.
No matter what, after washing them over and over the material and elastic wear down. Not only does the material become old and worn the straps start looking like a dirty shoe string.
Bra fitting experts and bra care experts suggest that you get a bra fitting and replace your bras at least once a year. A new bra is important to assure your getting the proper support your breasts need for healthy breast care.
Do yourself and your curvaceous assets a favor, toss out your old bras and start shopping! With all the new fashions, styles, and colors available in bras, bra shopping can be a fun event!