STAY SUPPORTED: HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR SPORTS BRA
Your sports bra works just as hard as you do — but with a little care, it'll continue to support you for months to come. Here are some tips on how to keep it in the best shape.
After your workout, take it off.
This may sound obvious, but take your sports bra off as soon as you're done working out. Sweat and bacteria can break down the fabric of the bra, stretching the band out. Over time, this will affect its ability to support you properly.
Wash with care
Hand washing is the best and most eco-friendly way to extend the life of your sports bra. Try to avoid using regular detergent and opt for gentle hand soap, laundry soap or shampoo. Finish by rinsing with cold water. If you prefer to machine wash, we recommend treating it as you would other delicates — place it in a soft laundry bag before washing.
Air-dry over spin-dry
As with other delicates, avoid tumble drying. This can stretch out and break down the fibres and elastic, leading to less support and even changing the fit. Ensure your sports bra keeps its shape by air drying it on a flat surface or drying rack. Try to avoid hanging it by the straps, which can cause them to stretch out.
Rotate before you reuse
Over time, it's normal for a sports bra to become less effective at supporting you. This just comes with general wear and tear. Having a few bras on rotation while you train means you're stretching the elastic and fabric out less often, washing it less often and preserving the shape for even longer. It's always good to have a few support options to choose from depending on your activity too!
How long should you keep a sports bra?
This depends on how often you exercise and how well you care for it. As a general guideline, a sports bra that's worn regularly will be showing its age after a year or so and may need replacing. Use your judgement when checking for signs of wear and tear though – ask yourself if it still feels as comfortable and supportive during a workout.
Time for a new sports bra?
Over time, your sports bra will stretch out and provide less support during exercise. Like all performance-wear, your sports bra does have a shelf life. Here are some signs that you might need to replace your bra:
- You notice more breast movement than usual, or general breast pain during or after you workout. This is a sign your bra isn't supporting you effectively.
- Your band feels loose, even on its tightest clasp, or your straps become loose on your shoulders or need regular adjustment.
- If the band or straps feel rough against your skin and start to chafe, this is a sign the material has degraded.
- If the bra is stained or has an odour, even after washing.
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