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9/5/13 5:26 A

I wash all my workout gear in cold water with soap specifically for workout clothes. Other detergents don't get the smell out. :-P. I always hand dry my clothes as the dryer breaks down the fabric.

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9/4/13 6:46 P

I've never worn anything with pads/inserts, but a good way to wash bras in general is to put them in a sink/bucket with laundry soap and a cup of white vinegar. Swish them around, let them soak for an hour or so and rinse, then line dry. I put them on hangers and let them dry on a curtain rod since I don't have a yard.

I do this a few times a year with my regular bras too...even though they get washed weekly in a washing machine, it's amazing how much cleaner they get this way.

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9/4/13 5:44 P

Using a good soap but rinsing well...

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9/4/13 3:50 P

Are you sticking them in the dryer? I know that the dryer will break down pretty much any lingerie with elastics... especially sports bras.

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9/4/13 12:30 P

Maybe I will compromise and take the pads out and put just those in a lingerie bag and wash them that way. I run/workout like 2x a day so I'd have to have a pretty big bag to fit in all my stuff, lol.

I then don't actually have to have them in all the time. Just when I'm going to be around other people/at the gym, if you know what I mean.

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9/4/13 12:08 P

I take the pads out of my sports bras and hand wash them along with some of my other undies. They seem to last a lot longer when you hand wash them.

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9/4/13 12:06 P

Do you think the lingerie bag affects how clean they get ? (I sweat a lot).

They are all just major brands, New Balance, Avia, etc and I don't see replacement info anywhere. My Mom used to sew, and I seem to remember seeing similar things sold at sewing shops. I don't want a thick one though like are put in some regular bras, just the thin ones used in the sports bras.

I'm starting to think the non-removable ones are better. They don't fall out and you don't have to adjust/unwrinkle them each time.

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9/4/13 10:45 A

Depending on how the pads are put together, I would either use a lingerie bag (separating the bra and pads from each other first) or if the pads are really delicate, handwash (not the handwash cycle on your machine, but like a proper handwash in a sink).

Does your bra maker's website offer info on replacements?

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9/4/13 8:18 A

Hi, I like to wear sports bras/sports tanks with the thin removable pads, to dull the "view". However they come out during the wash and seem to start falling apart.

Do you wash these in any particular way, and also does anyone know where you can buy replaceable inserts?


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