Double Blog: Soft Works Salad Spinner Review + How I Wash My Bras

Hello Everyone,

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

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Available to purchase from Williams and Sonoma!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wash_03 Sorry for the cell phone pictures, but I left my camera at work. Still, I think it’s pretty amazing to see how much excess water the spinner removed from just two bras.

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:

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Available for purchase from the Container Store!

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  . . . .

Erica

 

 

Double Blog: Soft Works Salad Spinner Review + How I Wash My Bras
Erica
Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.

13 thoughts on “Double Blog: Soft Works Salad Spinner Review + How I Wash My Bras

  • July 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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    Cool idea with salad spin. For your bra washing I can recommend Special Washing Agent from Harlow&Fox. It’s great for all silks, have nice gentle smell, is very good but need a proper rinse especially if you add too much. Worth to try. Best.

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    • Erica
      July 18, 2015 at 11:29 am
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      Hi Mira! Thanks for the recommendation for silk products! I don’t have any silk stuff yet, BUT I am eying Angela Friedman’s 3-pack of silk undies for my “Wish List:”

      http://angelafriedman.com/gift-sets/3-silk-panty-gift-set1

      That way I can be all Phryne Fisher with my silk underwear, and I’m sure I’d need a special wash for them.

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  • July 16, 2015 at 2:32 pm
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    Neat trick! I will have to try it. And I want to try the cleanser you mentioned. Do you sell it?

    You might also find the salad spinner useful for lettuce. 🙂 Not to go off topic, but I learned from someone that if you wash and spin the lettuce and store it in the spinner in the fridge it keeps much longer. It really does keep it fresher longer. No need to put the bras in the fridge though! 😀

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    • Erica
      July 18, 2015 at 11:31 am
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      Hi Pier! It’s pretty awesome stuff. 🙂 We do sell it, but we have to charge for shipping because of the weight. I’d go to their website and look for retailers. There are a lot of knitting stores which carry it, and if there’s nothing local, email me. 🙂

      There is no such thing as off-topic here! That’s interesting to hear about the lettuce. I tend to go through it so fast I guess I never realized I could use something like this. I guess I should probably rinse my lettuce instead. Now I have something new to try!

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      • July 18, 2015 at 6:24 pm
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        Thanks, Erica. I found the Wrapture soap on Amazon, and I have Prime. So shipping will be free. Can’t wait to try it!

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        • Erica
          July 23, 2015 at 6:53 pm
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          How cool! Yes, that scent is very nice. Grapefruit is still my personal favorite because it has a fresh citrus scent, but I like them all. I use the Eucalyptus on my dogs, lol.

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      • September 23, 2015 at 2:40 pm
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        Just got some Eucalan, and am excited to try it! I have sensitive skin and am allergic to a lot of soaps, so I can’t wait to see if this works for me; I got the unscented one.

        But on the topic of salad spinners, we use them at the cafe I work at. We only serve organic lettuce, which requires extensive soaking and careful washing to remove bugs and debris. The lettuce kept for 2 or 3 days at most, pre-spinner. It now keeps for 7-10 days.

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        • Erica
          October 3, 2015 at 10:15 am
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          I adore Eucalan and so do my bras! I finally had a chance to try my salad spinner on actual salad, and I have been very impressed! It’s such a neat invention. 🙂

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  • July 18, 2015 at 6:17 am
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    I spin yarn and handspinners have been using salad spinners to get excess water out of skeins of washed yarn for years! It’s so funny, what with Euclan and Soak as well, there is so much overlap between the yarn world and the bra world. I wonder if Unicorn Fibre Wash and Fibre Rinse would be good for bra washing as well?

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    • Erica
      July 18, 2015 at 11:32 am
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      That is crazy how much overlap there is between the two worlds! I never knew salad spinners could have so many uses. I haven’t heard of Unicorn wash, but as long as it is mild and non-irritating, I don’t know why it wouldn’t work for bras too.

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  • August 7, 2015 at 6:24 pm
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    Hello I love the info on your website and blog! I was wondering if it would be ok to dry bras in the dryer on the “air dry” heat less cycle. Do you think this method would be SAFE?

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    • Erica
      August 7, 2015 at 7:32 pm
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      Hi Shay! Hmmmm, that’s a tough one. I would try it on old bras you don’t care about inside a lingerie bag to ensure the hooks do not get snagged on anything, but in general, the safest way to wash your bras is by hand and then lay flat or hang to dry.

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