My guess is that at least 80% of women don't care if their bras correctly. (Also, 8 out of 10 women wear the wrong size bra. Check out sizing to figure out if you're one of those 8 women)
Bras are not meant to be worn for more than about 180 days, and never for more than one day at a time. You should have at least seven different bras, to cycle through so you don't wear a bra out faster than necessary.
To find out if you're a bra abuser, go through this check list and see if you've done these things.
~I've worn a bra for more than one day in a row
~I wash my bra in the waching machine
~I dry my bra in the drier
~I don't clasp my bra when I wash it or put it away
~My bra gets tossed in a drawer after it's clean
If you answered yes to ANY of these, you're a bra abuser.
Here's what you should do:
~After you have worn your bra, you should wash it.
~Never wear the bar more than one day in a row.
~When you wash your bra, use your hands. You have them for a reason.
~You should use a soap that is mild, but will remove oils from the fabric.
~Than you should hang your bra to air dry, after making sure the hooks are still hooked and the cups look right.
~When the bra is fully dry, either lay it flat in a drawer, stacking it on other bras like fallen dominos, or fold it in half, tuck one cup into the other, and set it in the drawer.
IF you MUST wash your bra in the washing machine, you must:
~Buy a intimate apparel bag.
~Put the bra in the bag, with the hooks all closed.
~Wash on the delicate cycle, with a cold rinse.
~Hang your bra
~Follow instructions for putting it away from the handwash instructions.
NEVER EVER FOR ANY REASON DRY YOUR BRA IN THE DRIER.
NEVER EVER EVER.
Do it, and I will come find you. That is a crime worthy of... some sort of nasty punishment.
Probably involving lemon juice and paper cuts and fire ants.
Your bra is meant to be used for only about 180 days, and following these instructions will make sure you don't shorten your bras life span.
Be nice to your bras, so they can be nice to you!
Let me know if you have other bra care questions or tips!