Nursing Bras

How to Properly Clean Nursing Bras

Taking care of your nursing bras is essential for both your comfort and your baby's well-being. Unlike regular bras, nursing bras undergo a lot more wear and tear. From supporting lactating breasts to dealing with leaks and spills, they endure a lot in their lifetime!

Because bras come into direct contact with your skin, they can collect sweat and bacteria. Since your baby will be in direct contact with your breasts during feeding, it's crucial to ensure your bras are always reasonably clean. Therefore, using a detergent that effectively cleans dirt while being gentle on delicate fabrics is essential.

Here are some tips on how to properly care for your nursing bras:

Hand Washing:

Hand-washing is often recommended as the best way to preserve your bra's lifespan. But don't worry, washing bras by hand is much simpler than you might think. Start by using cold or cool water, as prolonged exposure to hot water can damage elasticity over time. Use a small amount of mild detergent suitable for both the bra and your hands. Avoid wringing the bra, as this can strain the delicate fabric. Instead, gently squeeze out excess water.

Detailed Steps:

  1. Fill a sink or bucket with cold water and add a small amount of detergent.
  2. Allow the bras to soak for a few minutes, gently swishing them in the soapy water.
  3. Rinse the bras under cold water until the water runs clear.

Shower Rinse:

An alternative to hand-washing is the shower rinse. Take your bra into the shower with you and rinse it under running water for about a minute. This quick rinse helps remove sweat and grime, extending the time between washings.

Machine Washing:

If hand-washing isn't feasible for you, machine washing is also an option. Use a lingerie/laundry bag to protect the bras from tugging, stretching, and tangled hooks. Use a gentle/delicate cycle with mild detergent and cold water. Wash light and dark colors separately and avoid washing bras with heavy items that can damage the delicate fabric.


Avoid using machine dryers, as heat can damage the bra's fibers and elasticity. Instead, gently press washed bras in a clean towel to remove excess water. Reshape the cups with your hands and let the bras air-dry on a drying rack or flat surface away from direct heat and sunlight. Avoid hanging bras by their straps, as this can cause premature stretching.


Instead of stuffing bras in a drawer, fold non-padded bras neatly and stack padded bras to avoid misshapen cups. Regular rotation of bras ensures they maintain their shape and prolongs their lifespan.

By following these tips, you can ensure your nursing bras remain clean, comfortable, and supportive throughout your breastfeeding journey.