Save Your Bra!

By John Festa


98.7 degrees Fahrenheit to be exact. This is why you should not wear the same bra two days in a row.

I’m sure you’ve seen a newspaper on the street that is starting to turn brown from being outside in the sun. The paper is slowly burning. It is oxidizing. Fire is rapid oxidation. Body heat will cause the delicate parts of your intimates to do the same thing: oxidize and break down. You are burning your bra, and not in a cool, radical, liberating 1960’s way.


You wear your bra for 12-16 hours a day. The many components that make up a bra will slowly breakdown from your body heat; especially the elastic, of which so much of your bra is. This is one of the reasons you should not put your bras in the dryer. The tumbling can be minimized by using a lingerie bag, but the dryer heat will shorten the life of your bra dramatically.


Men’s dress shoes come with the same caveat. Body heat will break down the leather and shorten the life of the shoes. It is widely accepted that the same pair leather shoes should not be worn on two consecutive days. It is also respectful of your coworkers.


Yes, you are hot. So hot, you can slowly burn things. Have duplicates of your favorite, well-fitting bra and rotate their wearing’s. And, while I am a strong advocate for personal bra fittings, buying the exact style and size on-line can be easy and cost-effective.


4 Discussion to this post

  1. Soma Grismaijer says:

    Actually, the elastic that breaks down becomes a carcinogen, called 1,3 butadiene. This article also fails to mention that the bra impairs the lymphatic system within the breasts, causing fluid and toxin accumulation, and preventing the proper elimination of toxins like 1,3, butadiene from the breasts. This lymphatic constriction is a major reason why wearing tight bras each day is a leading cause of breast cancer. Another reason some scientists suggest bras can cause breast cancer is by heating the breasts.

    • Ellen Lewis says:

      There has been a great deal of controversy on this subject as the research has not been validated by extensive scientific studies. Read some of our Breast Brief articles referring to this issue. We welcome this discussion and I will have more written on this in the future.

  2. Kim says:

    You should NEVER but a bra in a dryer! It will stretch them out and ruin the wire. You should hand wash your bras and if you feel you must machine wash them, always use a lingerie bag. Also, you should never hang your bras as they are pictured here. It will stretch them out. Always lay them flat to dry or on a hanger.

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