Whether you’re into heavy-duty workouts or do more of a soft jog around your neighborhood a few times a week, either way, you probably own a sports bra. A sweaty workout session can leave you feeling trapped in your own gross sweaty mess! Keeping your bras clean and fresh will let them extend support to you for longer and make your runs more comfortable.
So the question remains how does one take care of their sports bra? Here are a few tips.
Tip #1: Take off your sports bra immediately after your work out session!
Be it running small errands after your workout or you admiring yourself post work out, staying longer than you should in your sports bra means compromising on its fabric. Make it a habit to take off your sports bra as soon as the workout is complete! Both sweat and bacteria can break down the fabric of the sports bra and stretch its band out, so it is very important to take it off after exercising and give it a good rinse.
Tip #2: Hand wash your sports bra!
The best way to take care of your sports bra, or any garment for that matter, is hand washing them. Take just a tiny bit of detergent, rub it into your sports bra, rinse it gently,and hang it out flat! However, it is better to do a more thorough wash if you use the same sports bra regularly.
Tip #3: Machine wash your sports bra on delicate!
If you plan on washing a sports bra in the washing machine then you absolutely must wash it on the delicate cycle to ensure your sports bra is safe through the wash. Also, wash like items with like items. As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to follow the directions on the label of your sports bra and skip the fabric softener, as they tend to break down the fibers making your sports bra stretchy and firm!
Tip #4: Leave your sports bra to air dry naturally!
Drying your sports bra in the dryer could stretch it out. Air drying is definitely worth the time it takes. What’s better is that the sun’s ultraviolet rays can kill bacteria on your workout clothes, when left out to dry completely in the sun. Hanging a sports bra by the straps is not the best idea since it will stretch the straps out.
Like any other piece of clothing, sports bras get worn out and need to be replaced. Depending on how often it gets worn or used, you may need to replace a sports bra every 6-12 months.
Here are a few signs you might need to replace your sports bra:
The tags have faded and are no longer readable
The band is overly stretched and no longer fits as it should
It is worn out in particular spots
If your body has changed and the bra is no longer fitting you correctly
The bra slides up when you raise your arms.
The band is overly stretched and no longer fits as it should It is worn out in particular spots If your body has changed and the bra is no longer fitting you correctly The bra slides up when you raise your arms.
Washing your sports bras frequently and correctly will help you maintain the shape and fit your sports bras, which saves you money at the end of the day. Rrave sports bras are made out the highest quality materials and are designed to last through your toughest workouts.