Saturday, August 23, 2014

5 steps to keeping your sports bras looking new

This post contains affiliate links, but represents my honest opinions. It is not a sponsored post.

As an Enell Ambassador, I feel it is my duty to help you keep your bras looking and feeling new.  A few quick steps right when you return from a workout (or unpack your gym bag) is all you need to keep your bras in great shape. I take care of all my bras, sport and not, this way, and I have some that are 5 or more years old that still look new.

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1. Spot-clean, if necessary, using cold water and a gentle detergent. Enell recommends Soak Wash. When I bought bras at {intimacy}, they recommended Forever New.  In a pinch, I have also used Johnson's Baby Shampoo.  Remember that some residue from whatever you use might remain, so it shouldn't be anything irritating. If you are sensitive to fragrance, there is an unscented version of Soak Wash.

2. Fill your bathroom (or laundry room) sink with cold water and a small amount of the same detergent, and toss your bra in to soak. Follow the package directions for the amount if you are using one of the specialty products. For the baby shampoo, I use about a teaspoon.

3. Swish the bra around in the soapy water for a minute, then walk away let the bra soak for at least 5 minutes. Sometimes I forget to come back and this step lasts a little longer.

4. Drain the sink and rinse the bra completely. Unless you are using Soak, which, according to the package directions, needs no rinsing.

5. Hang to dry.

I used to use lingerie bags for my bras and put them in the washing machine, but that is terrible for them. Those little hooks can come unhooked and get bent, and then the bra is ruined.

Whatever you do, don't put your bras in the dryer -- it ruins the elastic. I have a clothesline in my basement so that the neighbors don't have to get an eyeful of my lingerie collection. I have been known to hang them on the towel bar in my bathroom, but that can be embarrassing in the case of unexpected guests.

This may seem fussy, but when bras cost $64 and up, it's worth a little time to protect that investment.  


  1. We hand wash a lot of things. I have deep, plastic dish pans. We use them in the bathtub (mine, large with a step/ledge). I have a small drying rack in my bathroom, I have four large ones in the garage year round (we swim a lot). Both my girls hand wash too. Lacy cam is, bras, lacy sweaters, etc

    1. I'm the only one in our house with delicates so one small clothesline is plenty. I usually use the sink in our basement bathroom, right by the laundry area.


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