Your running sports bras take great care of you when you’re running hard, so make sure that you return the favor when you’re washing them. How exactly should you be caring for your sports bras? Just follow these simple steps:
Start with Three
Sports bra manufacturing superstar Moving Comfort recommends that you keep (at least) three sports bras in rotation at all times, so you can get the most life out of your bras. Here’s why: you should have one sports bra that you’re wearing for your workout, one in the wash, and one hanging to dry. You might need more than three if you frequently engage in different types of activities, because you might not want to wear your high-impact running sports bra for a gentle yoga session, for instance.
Sweat the Small Stuff
Sweat, sunscreen and bacteria aren’t great for your technical fabrics, so it’s a good idea to wash your sports bras every one to three wears, depending on the intensity of your workout. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to wash a bra, wash it. Keeping your sports bra fresh and clean will also help prevent your après-work sports bag from developing a funk.
Give Them a Hand
Washing your sports bras by hand is a little more time consuming than just tossing them in the laundry with the rest of your running clothes, but it’s worth it. Hand washing your sports bras will help them last longer, because it is much gentler on technical fabrics than even the most delicate washing machine setting. First fasten the hook-and-eye closure on your bra, and then wash them gently with a tech fabric-specific detergent to remove any dried sweat from the fabric fibers.
Hang It Up
Plan to wash your sports bras enough in advance of your workout that you have time to hang them to dry. Even if you don’t have time to hand wash your sports bras, wash them on the gentle cycle inside a lingerie bag and then hang ‘em up to dry. Putting any technical fabric in the dryer will rapidly accelerate how quickly it breaks down, which means you’ll have to replace your sports bras more frequently.
Throw in the Towel, Er, Bra…
When it comes to sports bras, you’ve just gotta know when it’s time to say goodbye. Depending on how frequently you use and wash your sports bras, they should be replaced at least every year. If the band of your bra is no longer snug and supportive, or if the fabric is starting to fray, retire your sports bra and get a new one. The fit of your sports bra will also change with fluctuations in your body, so if you loose or gain weight, you might need to try a new bra for a proper fit.