Otherwise, my bras last a really long time. By that, I mean that after 3 years they are still supportive, with no fraying or stretched-out fabric. And I have very rarely progressed beyond the middle hooks by that time.
Why is this? Four reasons. Fairly equal in importance:
How often I wash them: After every wear
How I wash them: In a machine
There is an arched plastic half-hoop across this top. This is pretty much an underwire for your bras to wear - which I find amusing & fitting.
There is a full circular hoop around the bottom. So the bras' cup shape will not be distorted.
I can fit 2 seamed bras, or 1 foam bra, in each bag. I wash 4 or 5 bags at a time.
Then, I dry on a rack in winter, or, on our very occasional sunny days, outdoors on the line.
Which is today! 62F & sunny. It's so perfect out here.
Though, like myself, Reilly the Sheltie prefers shade to the direct sun.
This gives me better results than hand-washing for a couple of reasons: I avoid the twisting and wringing that occurs even when using the 'roll up in a towel & blot' method - which, coincidentally, also manhandles the lace fabric with toweling fabric. And, I avoid the 2 days it would take a bra to dry, and possibly mildew, in my cool rainforest climate.
I don't wear too-tight bands
If you enjoy ultra-tight bands, fair enough, it's a preference, but one trade-off is bras that wear out years before they otherwise would. But that may be a valid trade-off for tight band lovers in the same way that compromising on other fit elements, to achieve greater comfort, is worth the trade-off to me.
Rotation: Not wearing a bra more than twice in one week
A bonus effect is that it contributes to the long life of my bras. You don't need a huge bra-drobe to do this, either. I have a consistent core of around 8 wired bras and 3 bralettes that I wear & wash week after week. The oldest bra is 4 years old; the newest, 2 months. (It's hard to tell the difference between the two visually, except the older bra is softer.) You could certainly do this with 1/2 that number of bras, if you don't mind doing laundry twice a week.
So that's my bra care system. It's low maintenance & practical, keeps my sensitive skin happy, fits my laid back lifestyle - and it works.
Now, as soon as I pour a mimosa, I'm going back to watching my bras drying on the line in this rare sunshine.
The mimosa-sipping secret garden location where I obsess on bra issues: