No, this is not some prank post. Today, I am seriously reviewing a salad spinner. Don’t give up on me yet though! Several years ago, Muscles with Curves posted a blog about using a salad spinner to gently dry her padded and molded cup bras faster, and I found her experiment fascinating albeit unrelated to my life. Until I discovered Comexim and Anna Pardal, I lived in unpadded bras which are not only lower maintenance to wash but also dry faster on account of how easy it is to remove the excess water. When my wardrobe transitioned almost exclusively to padded bras, I had totally forgotten about the tip until an incredibly generous customer gave me a salad spinner a few weeks ago. She had already given me a drying rack for bras, which I will also showcase in this post, and before continuing, I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to her for not only supporting the store but for also being such a sweet and generous soul. <3
In the spirit of the preferential method for washing bras (it’s by hand!), I am going to walk you through a typical laundry day in part so I can recommend three stellar products in one short post but also to show you how easy it is to take the best possible care of your intimates.
Step 1: Fill up a sink or bowl with cold water and one of the best soaps on the market: Eucalan! If you missed my post extolling the virtues of this hypo-allergenic, rinseless soap, you can also use anything mild or even body wash. For today’s batch of assorted Anna Pardal bras, I chose the sweetly scented Jasmine.
Step 2: Agitate the water by hand to create suds before placing bras in the water. Ensure each bra is not only fully submerged but also covered on the front and back with water and soap because doing so allows the fabric and padding to absorb the wash-filled water completely to clean the bras and eliminate odors.
Step 3: Go do something else for at least 15 minutes! Read, take a walk, destroy another level in Candy Crush, watch an episode of Orange is the New Black, or whatever floats your proverbial boat. Personally, I combine my bra washing with general cleaning, meaning I am off engaging in the less glamorous aspects of home and pet ownership such as scrubbing toilets, vacuuming the area by the dogs’ food bowls for the third time, or sweeping up half of the litter Hades kicked out onto the floor.
Step 4: Once the bras have fully soaked, Eucalan ensures me I am under no obligation to rinse them further, but I like to drain the water and lightly rinse anyway. In winter, I may change my tune, but in summer, sweat needs a little rinsing for my peace of mind. If you are using other soap, you will need to rinse them completely before continuing.
Step 5: With the bras freshly cleaned, squeeze the cups and wings to remove excess water. Note that I said “squeeze” not “wring.” Twisting the cups or underwires can cause damage to the bra and impair the fit.
Step 6a: At this point, I hang all of my freshly cleaned bras up to dry, but this time, I am adding an additional step by using the salad spinner. So, I am 29 years old and had no idea what the purpose of a salad spinner even was. Clearly, I am not a chef or salad connoisseur, but I read the directions and replaced “salad” with “bras” easily enough. Because the cups of my bras are kind of big, I only put two into the container at once, and I also spun two individually. I pumped the top of the salad spinner as instructed, and it was soon awash in color as my Anna Pardal bras whizzed around at warp speed.
When I pulled them out of the spinner, I instantly noticed a difference in the dampness of the bras and was astonished by how much water pooled in the bottom.
The underwire and cup shape were not damaged by the salad spinner, and I was instead treated to an extremely easy way of decreasing the drying time. Afterward, I hung up my bras on this amazing fold-out drying rack I mentioned earlier:
I have used this product for over two years now and love it! It’s great for laying sweaters to dry too, and it folds up neatly so as not to hog extra space.
For control purposes, I also washed two bras without using the salad spinner, and these bras took several more hours to completely dry. I would estimate a quick use of the salad spinner cut my drying time by one third. This is great news for people needing to wear a bra in a relatively quick amount of time post-washing. I was pretty happy too because in my zeal for experimentation, I washed all of my bras at once . . . late Monday evening . . . when I needed to put one on in a couple hours. So if you have a salad spinner already or can pick one up on the cheap, it’s a worthy investment for customers wearing padded or molded cups.
Also, I still haven’t used it for spinning salad . . . .