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You Ask We Answer (4) : How Long Could a Bra Be Kept Without Using and Washing It


Hi there.  How is your day?  We are hoping that you have a great time with your family and that everything is smooth with your job.  Today we are going to answer a customer’s question about keeping a bra for a long time. 

Question (Lou of San Francisco):  I've been a lover of bras since I started wearing them.  I usually buy a piece each month, and I pick the really good ones.  Because they are quality undergarment, they are still very usable even after a year of use and washing. As a result many of my newly bought bras are just stored in my lingerie drawer.  I would like to know how can I keep them there without using and washing them?  Will they be still okay after 5 or 10 years?

Our Answer:  

keeping a bra for 10 years is an odd practice, although we say that yes, you can keep them, but only for a maximum of 3 years.  But that depends on the quality and the brand of the bra.  And they should be stored in a good condition, in the same packaging when you bought them. There should be no dust, no moisture, and no strong lights. Put them all in a drawer separate from the bras that you are using daily.

But we wonder, you know, why would you want to keep your bras for years without using them?  If you are buying a new bra every month, it is likely that you know that there are new bra designs and models coming out every now and then.  And when it’s time that you would use your stored bras, they may not be trendy, anymore. Or, they may not be as nice as when you first bought them. They might have lost a bit of their elasticity and also ability to stretch.

Our suggestion is for you to have 7 – 10 bras in your wardrobe for your everyday use.  You can change bras every 6 months, maybe every year if they are good quality bras. Make sure that you wash them immediately after wearing them.  Your bras will keep their shape and will last longer if you wash them frequently in a proper manner. If possible, hand wash them with a mild soap and never dry them on the machine.

The bras at Orlinas are really long lasting.  They do not wear quickly, so you can use them for more than a year and they are still comfortable.  If you still have  your old bras that are not already in shape and the elastic materials have already broken, by all means, throw them away.  And if you want some new bras, buying one piece each month may be too much. Maybe 3 to 4 every 6 months is more desirable.

But if you insist in keeping your bras for long periods without using and washing them, it is up to you.  Just take necessary steps to place them in a condition that will not easily damage their shape and material.

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