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Now that the summer is almost here, we should see the weather get hotter. When the sun comes out, you may be tempted to take advantage of the heat. So, should you dry your bras and lingerie in the sun? The short answer is no. While some people think nothing of hanging their lingerie out in the sun, it could be a risky move.

When you invest in high-end, high-quality lingerie, the last thing you want is to ruin it. For that all-important reason, it’s crucial that you do all you can to protect your clothing and look after it well. If you’re not sure how to get things 100% right, you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s what you need to know about drying your lingerie safely:

Why you shouldn’t dry your lingerie in the sun

First of all, let’s deal with the elephant in the room. Why should you avoid drying your lingerie in the sun? Leaving your clothing to dry naturally may seem like the best thing for the fabric. However, trying to dry it this way could quickly lead to a real problem.

There are a couple of pretty major reasons that you need to consider here:

The sun can damage colors

Protecting the bright or bold color of your lingerie has to be a priority. With that in mind, you should avoid the sun at all costs. The light from the sun can actually lead to discoloration. For example, you may find that your white lingerie starts to turn a murky shade of yellow. There’s nothing worse than ruining your beautiful clothing items.

Clothespins can be damaging

If you put your lingerie outside in the sun, you may also hang them up using clothespins. Beware of making this mistake! Believe it or not, the pressure that you put on your clothes with these pins could be too much. When you’re dealing with fine fabrics, you need to take the highest possible level of care. So, you should never pin them out.

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How to dry your lingerie properly

Since we’ve covered why you shouldn’t dry your bras or any other lingerie in the sun, let’s talk about how you should dry it. Of course, it goes without saying that you should never attempt to dry it in a clothes dryer. Doing so could damage the clothing or mean that it gets misshapen. It’s certainly not a risk that you should take.

Here’s how to do it properly:

Lay your lingerie out flat

After you have washed your lingerie, you need to make sure that it dries naturally. You can lay it out flat and leave it to dry in your home. This approach means that you don’t risk stretching your lingerie out at all, which is a real bonus. It should take a few hours to dry.

Or use a hanger

As we have already discussed, you should avoid using clothespins. However, if you would like to hang your lingerie up to dry, there is another way to go. Why not use a clothes hanger? You should hang your clean, wet lingerie up in your home. Make sure that it is in an open environment so that it can dry quickly and easily. Simple.

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How to store your lingerie safely

After your lingerie has completely dried, you’re going to need to store it away. Of course, when you are storing your clothes, you need to make sure that you protect them and avoid damaging the fabric.

Here’s what you need to know:


Avoid shoving all of your bras into your underwear drawer. Doing so will mean that they get crumbled up. What’s more, you could break or slightly bend the underwire. Instead, you should put them on lingerie hangers and keep them in your closet.


On the other hand, you can keep briefs in your underwear drawer. You should use dividers in the drawers before doing so. These will help you keep your briefs separated and allow you to properly organize the drawer. Make sure you fold each pair before storing them.


Much like bras, chemises can often be highly delicate. For that reason, you should be sure to store them in your closet. You can use lingerie hangers to hang them up and keep them safe. Remember the golden rule. Taking care with delicate materials is always a must.


Quality lingerie deserves to be respected and treated well. Now that you understand why drying it in the sun is dangerous, be certain to avoid it, at all costs. Within this guide, we’ve also given you a quick rundown of how you can dry and store your lingerie. Good luck!

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Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

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Happy bra shopping!

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Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger is a freelance writer and digital journalist. Her main areas of interest are health, lifestyle, and relationships. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, gymming, and socializing.

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