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Laundering your bras usually falls at the bottom of your priority list. I get it – it doesn’t seem like your bras get that dirty. You’re not spilling red wine or spaghetti sauce on them. Spoiler alert, your bras do get really dirty. And, washing your bras often has many benefits.

Here are four reasons why you should wash your bras often:

1.  It may help prevent skin irritation.

Your bra collects dead skin cells, sweat and body oils every time you wear it. As these products build up on your bra, the bra can irritate your skin simply by rubbing against it.

You may notice breakouts on your shoulders under your straps, on your boobs under your cups or on your back beneath your bra band. Washing your bras often cleanses your bras of bacteria and harmful elements to keep your skin clear beneath your bra.

2.  It can decrease the chance of a permanent stain.

You’ve likely noticed that your bra still looks dirty after you wash it. That’s because the sweat and body oils seep into the bra’s material and create a permanent stain. Washing bras promptly helps rid the bras of stains and decreases the chances of permanent stains.

3.  Bras get dirty.

Let’s face it – your bras get really dirty. Just because you don’t see signs of dirt on your bra doesn’t mean it’s not there. It’s essential to launder your bras to wash off all that dirt, oil and sweat. (Gross, right? That’s why you must wash them!)

4.  It can extend the bra’s lifespan.

The harmful products that your bra picks up from your skin breaks down the bra’s materials overtime. The elastic can become stretched, forcing the bra to lose its original, snug fit. And, the bra’s like-new appearance will fade from stains and stretching. However, you can extend the bra’s lifespan by washing it often, which allows you to wear it longer and save you money.

The reasons why you should wash your bras often comes down to just how dirty they get from each wear. Every time you wear a bra, it stretches and gets exposed to harmful products that can diminish its quality.

Related: Is Your Bra Causing Breakouts? Here’s How To Prevent Them

So, when should you wash your bras? Read on!

How often should you wash your bras?

It’s a good rule of thumb to wash your bras about every three wears. (Read more about the best way to wash bras here.) Wearing a bra just one time doesn’t necessarily make it dirty enough to need laundering. So, washing every three wears ensures you don’t over-wash your bras. The exception to this rule depends on how dirty your bra got in a single wear. If you sweat much more than usual during one wear, you’d want to wash it before wearing it again.

It helps to have three to four go-to bras in rotation, so you can promptly wash your bras. You should also not wear the same bra for three days in a row. Your bra stretches to fit your body each time you wear it. Rotating your bras allows each one to revert to its original fit to avoid permanent stretching.

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