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How To Wash Bras & Remove Deodorant Stains | The Laundress

After finally finding the perfect fit, properly cleaning and preserving your bra is key to making it last. Follow our steps to keep your intimates looking and feeling beautiful for years to come.

Gather these tools:

Wash & Stain Bar, Wash Tub Basin, Delicate Wash, Mesh Bag Bundle, Delicate Spray

Sort out the situation

Sort bras by material and structure. Detailed lace, padded push-ups, and supportive underwire or construction should always be washed by hand while non-wire, cotton, and sports intimates can be machine washed. Wash with like colors only.


Pretreat Stains

Remove body oils, make-up, and self-tanner stains with a Wash & Stain Bar. Wet the bar with warm water and gently work the lather into delicate straps, supportive underwire, and underwear liners.


Target Dinginess and Odors

To treat dinginess and yellowing, presoak in a basin filled with warm water and 1 capful of All-Purpose Bleach Alternative* for up to 30 minutes.

*Do not use All-Purpose Bleach Alternative or any oxygen bleach on silk or wool

For stubborn odors (think sweaty sports bras), add 1/4 cup of Scented Vinegar to a basin of water and soak for 30 minutes before washing. Use warm water for cotton and synthetics, and cool water for silks and blends.



Handwashing is the best and safest method for washing bras with detailed lace, padding, and supportive underwire or construction. Add 2 capfuls or a squirt of Delicate Wash to a basin or sink filled with cool to warm water.

Submerge the item and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute soap. Soak for up to 30 minutes.

Rinse well by running cool water through the item until the water is no longer soapy. Do not wring. Instead, press the water out of the item.


Machine Wash

When machine washing non-wire, cotton, and sports bras, fasten the band closed and place in a Mesh Bag to preserve elasticity and prevent snagging in the machine. Select the delicate cycle and use cool water. Add the appropriate amount of Delicate Wash according to the machine and load size.


Hang to Dry

Hang to dry or lay item(s) flat in its natural shape on a drying rack. Never use the dryer as the high heat will reduce the fabric’s elasticity and distort padding and straps.

Freshen with Delicate Spray between wearing and washing.