Breastfeeding & Pumping

The Dirty Truth About Your Pumping Bra

The Dirty Truth About Your Pumping Bra

Your nursing and handsfree pumping bra is your unsung hero, battling deodorant, breast milk, baby spit-up, and the sweat that inevitably accompanies chasing after your little ones. With all that action going on, it's no wonder your bras deserve a little TLC.

Washing Bras 

The Secret to Longevity: Ladies, we've all heard it - bras are like elastic superheroes, but even superheroes need a break. To ensure you get the most mileage (pun intended) from your bras, you'll want to give them some extra special attention. So, put on your apron, metaphorically speaking, and let's dive into the world of bra washing.

How To Hand Wash Bras: We know, we know, hand washing is not on your list of top mom priorities. But hear us out; it's the best way to preserve your braa's shape and fit, ensuring that they aren't stretched, deformed, or damaged in any way.  Here's what The Dairy Fairy recommends:

  • Mild Detergent Magic: Find a mild detergent specifically made for lingerie. Remember, your bras are delicate darlings, so treat them accordingly.
  • Stain Stippling: If you've got any stubborn stains, don't panic. Simply, lightly pat or dab them - no scrubbing!
  • Soak in Sisterhood: Fill your sink with lukewarm water and add your lingerie-friendly detergent. Toss your bras in with like colors and let them soak in the sisterhood of cleanliness.
  • Rinse Away Residue: After a soak that even your little ones would envy, rinse your bras thoroughly to eliminate any lingering soap suds.
  • Flat Lay to Dry: Lay your bras flat to dry on a towel. Or if you're feeling adventurous, use a drying rack or hang them up. Then, kick back, relax, and enjoy your fresh, clean bras while you keep a stash of backups from our  Most Loved collection.

    But, let's be real, life as a mom doesn't always leave time for these delicate procedures, which brings us to our next bra-cleaning option.

    The Washing Machine MVP: Yes, ladies, we understand that your washing machine might just be your "breast" friend. That's where the lingerie bag steps in as the real MVP, keeping your bras from getting entangled in laundry warfare.

    • Bag It Up: Clasp your bras to prevent snagging and zip them securely into a lingerie bag. Most lingerie bags comfortably fit 2-3 bras, depending on the bra and bag size. Remember, don't stuff them in there - your bras deserve their space!  Wanna be extra fancy?  Use one of our lacy lingerie bags to give your bras a more fitting "home".
    • Cool and Gentle: Set your washing machine to the gentle cycle, use cool water, and wash your bras with similar items. Let them ride the gentle waves of cleanliness.
    • Dry Like a Pro: When it's time to dry, lay your bras flat on a towel to soak up excess moisture or use a drying rack. If you're in a hurry, you can hang them too. But, under no circumstances should you ever toss them in the dryer. The heat will break down the elastics and stretch your beloved bras into a sad, saggy state. If you absolutely must use the dryer, choose the delicate cycle, no heat, and for the love of all things perky, make sure your bras are safely enclosed in a dryer bag.

      So there you have it, ladies - your nursing and pumping bras are your unsung heroes, and it's time to treat them like the legends they are. Whether you choose the serene path of hand washing or opt for the washing machine MVP, the key is to show your bras some love and respect. With proper care, your bras will continue to support you through the wild journey of motherhood, one spit-up stain at a time. Happy washing and may The Dairy Fairy bras always be as uplifting as your sense of humor!

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