People use binders for many purposes to achieve their dressing goals. To some binders are a necessity for their wardrobe, and come in very handy too. Particularly for people who fall among the trans masculine sect. But, owning a binder or many binders feels like the easy part, the somewhat difficult part lies in getting stuck on just how best to wash this delicate fashion item (how to wash a binder).
Usually, binders are advised to be washed differently from normal clothings, so you may wonder what ideal way you can wash your binder. This article seeks to proffer a solution to that, by providing some general tips that apply to washing any binder. Though note, that most binders come with washing instructions and can be very helpful and peculiar to that binder.
What is a Binder?
Binders are a short piece of clothing with a fastening, made usually of an elastic material, and looks a lot like a vest worn over the chest region, mostly by females.
How to Wash a Binder Properly
To wash a binder properly, two methods can be adopted. One of it is “hand-washing” while the other is “machine washing”. The former is the most ideally advised and recommended style to washing your binder.
Method 1: Hand-Washing A Binder
Close all the fastenings on your binder ie the zipper, buttons etc. Make sure you close them properly you have a binder that fastens before beginning the handwashing process.
Fill up your sink or washing bucket with lukewarm water and add 1 tablespoon of detergent
Place your binder in the water and gently swirl it around with your hands for about 2-3 minutes. Avoid scrunching it, just allow it sit in the water for at least 30 minutes or more.
Drain the old soapy water from the sink and refill with fresh water to rinse the binder and remove the suds. Check the temperature before washing! Avoid a putting your binder in hot water as it can damage the fabric and cause shrinkage. Repeat this step as many times as you ought to so all the detergent is fully removed and washed off.
Pat dry with a towel and hang it out on a clothesline, in a mild sun to dry properly. Use a damp cloth to wipe off any marks or perspirant off your binder if any. Ensure your breast or chest binder gets a good and regular wash to avoid bacteria build up and cause skin irritation or problems.
Method 2: Machine Washing a binder
Step 1: Like the case of hand-washing your binder, close all the fastenings on your binder both the zipper, buttons etc. Make sure you close them properly you have a binder that fastens before beginning the handwashing process.
Step 2: Flip your binder inside-out, to ensure that nothing is damaged, before putting them in with the wash. Also, the inside part of your binder is the part that really needs care the most since it touches your skin and gets sweaty. So, by flipping it inside-out, you will clean it better.
Step 3: Set the Correct Washing Regime
Before you start washing your binder, set the spin cycle to a gentle or delicate setting, if possible. Avoid fast spin settings, to save your binder.
Step 4: Put your binder in a delicate bag, some chest binders are made of an elastic material, and it’s encouraged to put them in a bag for delicates, otherwise called lingerie bags) before putting them in with the wash, this will help protect the material from direct and vigorous mechanical spinning and scrubbing while washing is in progress.
Step 5: Hand Dry out in a mild sun to dry properly. Ensure your breast or chest binder gets a good and regular wash to avoid bacteria build up and cause skin irritation or problems. Keep your binder away from direct heat, avoid hanging it on a radiator to dry, or leaving it out in a scorching sun.
Note: If your binder is creased, do not attempt iron it directly. Flip it inside-out instead and iron only the cotton inside on a medium heat and this will take the creases out from the front, the rest will be pulled tight when you put it on so any other creases wouldn't show.