Let’s face it – you likely don’t stand over a sink hand-washing your bras that often. For some reason, women just don’t see bras as something you have to wash as often as we wash our other clothes. They are, in that respect, a lot like jeans – the more you wash, the more worn down they get. However, a new study shows that, on average, women only wash their bras six times a year. SIX?! Okay. I have to draw the line somewhere. Six is just gross. Says Daily Express,
Mothers and grandmothers would be disgusted to learn the current generation of women have picked up such bad washing habits they only put their bras in the washing machine six times a year.
The revolting figures means the average woman wears her bra seven times – equating to roughly two months – before discarding them in the laundry basket.
And according to the survey, women have no excuse for their bad habits as they have a bra for every day of the week – with the average woman owning around 15.
So does that mean bras don’t actually get dirty? Hell no! Not only do they get dirty and gross, just like your other clothes, but you’re also hurting your pockets by not washing your undergarments as often as you should. Says the article,
The survey, which was carried out on 2,025 women, also discovered that the most common stains found on dirty brassieres are stale perfume, body lotion, fake tan and sweat.
Dr Beckmann Stain guru Lesley Naylor said: “The problem is that this lack of washing means that bras look tatty, grey and dirty which obviously doesn’t look good but is also far from advantageous for the life of the bra.
“The extra dirt is clearly not good for the wearer’s skin as bras are fitted snug to the chest and this build up of bacteria can create irritation.”