Good bras are expensive. Maintaining their shape is important if they are to keep fitting you as perfectly as the day that you bought them. Unfortunately, popping them into the washer and dryer with the rest of your laundry will ruin them over time.

Hand-washing is one solution, but there is an easier way: Before putting your bras in the wash, pop them into a small, nylon mesh bag. Add your bagged bras to the rest of your laundry and wash normally. If your machine allows you to wash delicately, then that’s an added bonus. Once your load is finished, take the bras out and hang them to dry on a hanger in your cupboard or laundry area.

With a bit of extra effort, you’ll save your fabulously fitting bra – which will save you time and money in the long run.

Nylon mesh bags from Bed, Bath and Beyond and Linens ‘n Things.