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Hanging Them Off-Center

You probably know the dryer is always a no-go (heat permanently ruins elastic, says Harrington, and once the stretch is gone, the band won't be as supportive and the straps will have too much slack). But even if you are letting your bras air dry, make sure you're doing it the right way. The common mistake is to hang them by only one strap on a hanger, over the fixtures in your bathtub or from a drying rack. This completely vertical position will result in disproportionate stretching, as the wet bra's weight tugs on the top strap. Instead, make sure the bra is balanced (hang it from the center gore, which connects the two cups). Or, Harrington says, you can lay the bra flat on a towel to dry. And make sure you don't dry bras near a heater, which can weaken the elastic; also don't wring them out to make them dry faster (you could twist the underwire).