You should probably have a bare minimum of 3 nude bras and 2 black bras in your basic wardrobe. This will allow you to rotate the bras, let them rest and wash them every 3-5 wears. Sweat and oils break down elastic and can shorten the life of your bra, so proper care is essential to a long life.
Hand Washing Your Bras (Preferred Method) (exert from lindasonline.com)
- Fill a basin with lukewarm water.
- Add Silk & Lingerie Wash as specified on the container.
- Soak lingerie for up to one hour.
- Rinse the bras of excess wash.
- Pat dry the bras and reshape the cups with your hands. Don't wring out or stretch your bras.
- Hang the bras to dry. NEVER ever put your bras in the dryer!
You may also take your bras in the shower and wash them with your body wash or shampoo and then hang them to dry. Please, just keep them out of the washer and dryer!
Storing Your Molded Cup Bras (exert from lindasonline.com)
- Stack your bras in your drawer.
- Never invert one cup into the other. Doing so destroys the fibers in the molding, makes the cups bumpy, and shortens the life of your bra.
- When traveling, pack your Molded Cup Bras last, stacking one on top of each other, and stuff the cups with panties so that they hold their shape. For extra protection, use a molded Bra Travel Case.
The way you put on your bra can also affect it's life. If you are able to, you should always put your arms through the straps, lean over and hook the bra in the back. If you hook the bra in the front and then turn it around, you are stretching the band daily and therefore shortening the life of the bra.
Last, but certainly not least, breast size has a huge impact on how long your bras will last. If you have smaller breasts, the band of the bra is not doing nearly as much work as a band supporting full breasts.
If your body weight fluctuates a lot, you may also need to be fitted for new bras before they are worn out. Remember good fit is important to breast health, so treat your girls right and make sure they are properly supported.