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to wash bra only once a week?

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CHJR Wed 26-Jun-13 09:43:15

I don’t think I’m a dirty sow but maybe I am. My mother died before I started wearing bras and well before and after that we spent a lot of time moving around, often unable to wash clothes or even shop for them (refugees), so sometimes I discover strange gaps in my, er, general knowledge. No one’s ever suggested I smell or anything but hand washing bras is such a bother, and the machine damages them, so I tend to do it only once a week, assuming I've not been especially sweaty. But of course I change pants daily, and vests … is once a week too little for bras? What should I teach my DD?

And what about things like tights? Was a bit surprised recently to learn my SIL washes them after EVERY wearing, but even more surprised to realise she also doesn’t wear pants under them. She’s American though, maybe they’re just different? Or she personally is?

birdmomma Thu 27-Jun-13 07:38:05

Yeah I deffo wouldn't wear clothes if they smelled at all. I'm just not very sweaty and it's winter here at the moment. DP's clothes sometimes get a bit fusty. I have to steal them for the wash when he's not looking. I also tend to do a lot of muddy stuff/extreme gardening at the weekends so I sometimes re wear really dirty clothes.
In my view, a bra can be worn longer than most clothes because it's protected from outer dirt and I don't have sweaty tits and my skin is kept pretty clean by regular washing.

SorrelForbes Thu 27-Jun-13 08:04:49

Cat93. The bra intervention threads are usually in S&B. me and other bra geeks get you tell us your measurements and we help you find a pre perky fitting bra. It's fun grin.

SorrelForbes Thu 27-Jun-13 08:05:25

Pre perky? confused. Unfortunate typo. Should have been 'perfectly'

happyyonisleepyyoni Thu 27-Jun-13 13:48:42

Ehric you don't wear bras on your crotch do you, sweaty or otherwise.

EhricLovesTeamQhuay Thu 27-Jun-13 14:03:15

Happy yoni I was responding to op's query about changing tights every day. A the end of a day's wear tights are likely to have a whiff of eau de sweaty yoni, no?

Inertia Thu 27-Jun-13 14:12:53

I wear bras for 2 days max before washing them- I do them on a 30 wash in a bra laundry bag. If I'm going to be cleaning or doing the garden I change into an old bra that can go in the wash straight after- don't want to wear a sweaty one again, or a bra full of bits of twig.

Pants- change every day, change again after swimming or a shower. Socks. tights every day. And seam-free pants are the way forward for bulge-avoidance.

SammySockMonster Thu 27-Jun-13 14:25:52

i wash mine after 2-4 wears on average. in the washing machine, 30 degrees with 'delicate' setting (or shoved in with the rest of my washing but tucked inside a protective pillowcase if feeling lazy). i'm quite lucky because my size often crops up on ebay sales so i have quite a few lovely m&s outlet bargains to rotate!

cariadmawr Thu 27-Jun-13 20:30:06

Everything clean daily I.could.never wear dirty bras on a clean body !!! All my bras go in the machine and the dryer

MerryOnMerlot Thu 27-Jun-13 20:38:28

Give them a sniff - that'll tell whether they need washed or not. grin

I usually wear 2 per week and wash both every week, except sports bras when at the gym, which get washed every time/second time.

I machine wash but don't tumble dry. I re-shape them then hang on a clothes horse and they survive fine.

grumpalumpgrumped Thu 27-Jun-13 21:09:27

rubberbullets you wear bras to bed?? Am I supposed to do this??

spangledboots Thu 27-Jun-13 21:26:57

I tend to put my bra in the laundry basket if I've been wearing it all day. If I've just put one on to pop to the shops at the weekend, I'll maybe wear it one more time before it goes in the wash.

I wouldn't wear tights more than once and I err...always wear pants underneath them!

I do a delicates wash for my underwear and tights around once a week.

RubberBullets Fri 28-Jun-13 09:50:31

I only started wearing them to bed once I became pregnant. My boobs became too sensitive and I can't bear the feel of the quilt rubbing against them. Only way to be comfortable is by wearing a bra. Nearly 2 years later I still have to

BookieMonster Fri 28-Jun-13 09:53:43

I'm in a hot, sweaty climate so I do have to change and wash bras daily. If that's not an issue for you and you're not particularly sweaty under the arms, do whatever works for you.

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