1. Hand wash instead of machine wash

Machine washing your binder can damage the seams of your binder and can reduce its lifespan. Depending on the types of fibers and compression materials used in your binder, it can lose its compression more easily. Instead, hand wash your binder in the sink with mild detergent and cold water, and do not let it soak for a long period of time.

2. If you do machine wash, use the delicates setting

If you do machine wash your binder, first check with your binder manufacturer’s website to see if they have recommendations for how to wash your specific garment. If they don’t list instructions, then the safest way to machine wash is to place your binder in a delicates bag, then into the washer, and use the “delicates” setting with cold water.

3. Hang up your chest binder to dry

You want your binder to hold its shape and size like brand new, so after washing your chest binder, it is best to hang it up to air dry. Do not put your binder in the dryer because it may shrink in size, and having a binder that is too tight can cause injury or strain to your chest, lungs, and back.