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How often should you wash your bras?

Most people assume that all undergarments should be washed daily. But a number of bra-wearers actually wash their bustiers quite infrequently. Some question whether or not you even need to wash your bras at all. On the flip side, germophobes shriek in horror at such an idea—of course you wash your bras every day. How often do bras really need to be washed?

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It's just common sense to wash your bras daily. Just as you would with a pair of socks or underwear, you must clean the garments that cover your body on a regular basis. How Stuff Works asked an expert in the bra business, Jessica Pfister, the vice president of Le Mystere lingerie, who concedes that you should wash your bras at least three times a week, if not more. If you don't, there could be consequences when it comes to comfort:

"If you wear your bra even more than one day consecutively what happens is the fibers in the elastics don't have a chance to rebound and go back to where they were," Pfister says. "In a matter of days, you'll find the back wing of your bra, which should be parallel, hiking because those elastics have already stretched significantly."

Pfister offers an easy solution to make regular washing a reality:

"We always recommend that when you find a bra that you absolutely love and [would] wear on a daily basis that you purchase three...One to wash, one to wear and one to store and swap out."
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Let's be real, though, everyone has that one experience where you've attempted to wash a bra, only to find it a ruined excuse for an undergarment once you retrieve it. Bras require extra care in the washing machine and dryer, and sometimes it's just easier to refrain all together. 

As Slate's L.V. Anderson points out, not only is washing bras a time-consuming task, but it can also ruin your bras: 

About a third of the women who took my survey report washing their bras every two weeks; almost half wash them less often than that. And there’s good rationale for this, since washing bras stretches them out and takes them ever closer to being limp, graying underthings that provide no lift or support whatsoever. By washing them as infrequently as possible, we are actually extending the life of our bras.
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Forget about the consequences when it comes to comfort; not washing your bras can also make you smell. Obviously, if you're walking around all day with a bra that hasn't been washed in weeks or months, you're carrying days and days' worth of sweat and grime. As BetterMe puts it:

The most important rule to remember is that the closer that something is to your body, the more often you should wash it.

And if you're mentally scrolling through your bras right now, thinking, "but they don't look dirty," guess again:

Even though your bras may not look dirty, fungi and germs may build up on the fabric and lead to the appearance of bacteria.
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Truly, no one wants or needs to wash their bras every day. Whatever you are comfortable with is what you should do. As Anderson concludes:

Women who go weeks or months between bra washings aren’t creepy pariahs: We’re busy women with fulfilling home, work, social, and sex lives. We don’t smell bad. We’re, in a word, normal.
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