An Expert Told Us Exactly How Often We Should Wash Our Bras

We all know that lingerie is one of the most delicate items we own, and as such, it requires additional thought when it comes to cleaning. Unlike clothing, which literally has washing instructions laid out in black and white on the label, there's a big grey area surrounding bra care.

Should we simply throw them in the wash with similar colours, or should we be doing dedicated loads? Is hand-washing really the better option? And just how often should you wash your bras, anyway? We have lots of questions, so we decided to seek out the answers.

In an attempt to understand the washing etiquette of our smalls, we turned to Debora Ramos, La Perla's development manager (who has been with the lingerie giant for 19 years), for her expert opinion on the matter. As it turns out, we've been making this whole bra-washing business a lot more complicated than need be…

Get into a routine: "Typically bras can be worn twice before they need to be washed," reveals Debora. "As they have immediate contact with the skin, they need to be kept as hygienic as possible at all times. I recommend having three or four comfortable bras that you wear regularly, which should mean you're never left without a clean one to wear."

Wash by hand: "As many of La Perla's designs are crafted using artisan heritage techniques and are incredibly delicate, I'd always recommend hand-washing. I even hand-wash my T-shirt bras, as I find it helps them keep their shape longer."

Consider the temperature: "Choosing the temperature can be tricky. Too cold and it won't clean the bras properly; too hot and you could risk damaging the fabric (and your hands!). Tepid water is the ideal solution."

If you must machine-wash: "I understand hand-washing might seem like a chore, so if you insist on machine-washing your bras, always ensure the hooks of the bra are fastened together to stop them from snagging the material or other garments. Better yet, place them in a separate washing bag to keep them safe."

Now that you know exactly how to clean and care for your bras, take a moment to peruse these pretty styles.

Because everyone needs a playful bra in their lingerie drawer. 

Buttercup yellow is one of spring/summer 2019's key colours. 

Wear this gingham style underneath a white cotton blouse. 

This just might be the sexiest T-shirt bra we've ever laid eyes on. 

This bra looks the pin-up part with the matching high-waisted briefs. 

This looks as if it's been plucked from Marilyn Monroe's underwear drawer. 

This sage style makes for a chic change from classic nude or grey without risk of shining through the majority of your tops. 

Parma-violet hues look beautiful on all skin tones. 

These straps are detachable, making this an incredibly versatile bra for the money. 

This sheer lace style was made to be worn with satin or silk. 

Trust us—you'll wear this navy number just as much as traditional black underwear. 

The embroidery on this bra is more premium than its price tag suggests. 

Love this shape? Snap it up in white, black and nude, too. 

We'd be tempted to wear this bralette over a tee. Yes, it's that beautiful. 

We can't get enough of the contrast embroidery on this bra. 

Show off the bright straps underneath a vest top in a clashing colour for Carrie Bradshaw clout. 

Not sure which size of bra you should be wearing? Let this incredible online calculator be your guide

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