Washed a bra in the machine...

United States
June 18, 2007 4:11pm CST
My husband, did a nice thing and picked up clothes around the house and ran a load of laundry. Unfortunately he also machine washed and dried one of my bras. Now one of the cups is lumpy and looks bad under form-fitting tops. Is there a way to fix it? It's not heavily padded, and I'm considering trying to iron it. Actually I'm surprised washing damaged it because it's similar to some bras that I've machine washed, and even dried many times with no problems. I figure if it works, great, if it doesn't, I've lost a damaged bra.
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• United States
18 Jun 07
I've had this happen a time or two myself. What I have done is just worked the lumps out with my hands, by stretching it slightly in different directions. Than putting it on and smoothing it out some more. It usually works for me, but I don't know what type of bra you are talking about, some are a real pain when they are damaging and/or become "lumpy".
• United States
19 Jun 07
Well I rinsed it and then went to rubbing and stretching it back into shape, and it's usable again. Thanks for your advice.
@inked4life (4228)
• United States
18 Jun 07
I've ruined more of my wife's clothes doing the laundry than I care to remember. I am a stay-at-home-dad and laundry is part of my daily routine...we now have a system where if any of her clothes are on the floor or in the laundry basket they are ready to be washed and dried...anything else needs special treatment or dry cleaning....no disasters in quite a while so the system seems to work
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• United States
18 Jun 07
We usually only do laundry on Sunday and we're both home to throw our clothes in, so this is the first time it happened.
@Nykkee (2524)
• Canada
18 Jun 07
In my experience you should never machine wash a bra. It can warp the unedrwires, mess up the lineing, and do all kinds of bad things to them. Do not iron it, if the padding if foam it will melt. Wash it again by hand and try to reshape the cups while it is still wet and then hand it to dry.
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@Madona1 (2097)
• Gibraltar
20 Jul 07
It happened to me before due to careless chuck the bra into the laundry with other dirty clothes. Done was done, I tried to fix it but it would not be the same shape and style anymore regardless how I fixed. At the end I had to throw it. So now I will hand wash my bra right away after the shower or when it needs to be washed. LOL
@squaretile (3835)
• Singapore
19 Jun 07
It happened to mine too. I think it's something about how the inner lining is made for that particular piece. somehow mine kinda crumped internally and now there's this awkward fold that I can't even out with my hands. I think no harm trying to iron it if it's not made on some sensitive material. They are so advanced these days what with lycra mixes, foam and the like, some might not take too well to the iron. perhaps try on a small portion first.