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Essential Guide: Properly Washing Your Chest Binder

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Step-by-Step Instructions to Care for Your Binder

Caring for your chest binder is crucial to maintaining its shape, comfort, and longevity. Here's an enhanced guide on how to wash a chest binder effectively while preserving its quality. 

  1. Secure All Fastenings Before Washing

If your chest binder has fastenings, like zippers or hooks, ensure they are securely closed before washing. This prevents damage to both the binder and other garments.

  1. Use a Delicates Bag for Protection

Given the elastic and soft nature of chest binder materials, it's advisable to place them in a delicates laundry bag. This simple step goes a long way in safeguarding the fabric's integrity during the wash cycle.

Note: While washing without a bag is possible, it's not recommended due to the potential risk of fabric wear and tear.

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  1. Avoid Harsh Detergents and Chemicals

To extend the lifespan of your chest binder, steer clear of strong detergents, bleach, or fabric softeners. These can weaken the fabric and reduce the binder's effectiveness.

  1. Opt for Gentle Wash Settings

Select the "Gentle" or "Delicates" option on your washing machine. A harsh spin cycle can be detrimental to the binder's structure.

If your machine lacks these settings, a standard wash will suffice, but always opt for the gentlest cycle available.

  1. Air-Dry for Best Results

After washing, remove the chest binder from the delicates bag and air-dry it. Hang it in a well-ventilated area to preserve its shape and elasticity.

Privacy Tip: If you need to conceal your binder during drying, choose a discreet location like a closet, and ensure there is adequate air circulation, possibly with the aid of an air conditioner.

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Important Care Instructions:

  • Never use a dryer for your chest binder. High temperatures can cause shrinkage and damage the fabric.
  • Avoid over-soaking to prevent fading and size alteration.
  • Iron at a medium temperature if necessary.
  • Only bleach if the binder is white.
  • Refrain from dry cleaning to maintain the fabric's quality.


Remember, proper care for your chest binder not only extends its life but also ensures it continues to provide the support and comfort you need.

For more care tips and high-quality chest binders, visit TOMSCOUT's Chest Binder Collection.

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