How to get nude bras clean?
November 10, 2014 2:00 PM   Subscribe

My moulded t-shirt bras are built like tanks so they last a long time. The nude ones get grubby looking long before there is any structural damage. What can I do to spruce them up?

I wash my bras in mesh bags in the washing machine at 40 degrees and am happy that it isn't damaging them. In the case of the nude bras though it's not enough to stop them from looking grubby over time. Any idea what I could do to get/keep them shiny clean?
posted by roolya_boolya to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
OxyClean has worked for me on white bras, in the sink with some gentle hand scrubbing. Might work for your nude ones as well.
posted by fiercecupcake at 2:33 PM on November 10, 2014 [2 favorites]

Soak overnight in Oxyclean, with some gentle scrubbing/swishing.
posted by barnone at 2:38 PM on November 10, 2014 [2 favorites]

Oxyclean faded my nude colored cotton mix tshirt bras. After a few soaks they looked mangy, especially the straps.

Instead I wash them in warm water on the delicate cycle two or three times in a row. Until they're clean basically
posted by fshgrl at 2:53 PM on November 10, 2014

Washing soda is mildly caustic so it removes anything greasy, including the fatty acids in sweat and the sebum transferred from our skin. Oxyclean will lighten the stains but it can also break down the fabric, and the original grime remains.

Follow the package directions to pre-soak your bras and then use washing soda as a laundry additive. Also great for washing dishes!
posted by dogrose at 3:07 PM on November 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Are you washing them with your black bras or with black tights or yoga pants or something? I have found the dye transfers and makes the bras look grubby. If they have not been washed with dark things, I would give them a good soaking and squishing in some warm water with a good squirt of dish soap in it, followed by thorough rinsing, and see if that doesn't improve things.

I have a suspicion that washing soda might degrade the elastic, but I have never tried washing delicates in it. (And I love washing soda as a laundry additive.)
posted by Lycaste at 3:18 PM on November 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

The upscale lingerie place I bought my molded bras from sold me this and it seems to do all right at keeping my nude bras fresh.
posted by immlass at 4:02 PM on November 10, 2014

Response by poster: Thanks all. Marking Lycaste's answer as best since I am indeed washing them with black clothes.
posted by roolya_boolya at 1:20 AM on November 11, 2014

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