I know, it's so easy to throw that bra in the washing machine and call it a day, right? Unfortunately, that's not a great choice if you want that bra to last very long, according to lingerie expert Claire Chambers. She told Harper's Bazaar that in most cases, your bras should always be hand-washed. "Hand-washing sounds tedious but it's actually pretty easy," she said. "Combine your similarly-colored delicates in a sink of warm water, and add a delicate wash that's specially formulated for lingerie. Swish around a few times, gently squeeze and then lay flat to dry."
Chamber explained that if you simply must wash your bras in the washing machine, you should use the gentle cycle, utilize a lingerie bag, use warm water, use specialized lingerie detergent, and never use the dryer. "You should always lay your lingerie flat to avoid stretching out the band or straps," she added.