Unitasker Wednesday: The Bra Dryer

bradryerAll Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

How does one dry a bra? Do you hang it up on a line, toss it into a clothes dryer, or do you lay it flat on a towel? Whichever way you dry your bra, it is second (or third, or fourth) best to the Bra Dryer.

Unfortunately, this incredibly helpful product is still in the development stage: 

Bra Dryer is a simple device which is based on the presumption that the best way to dry bras without ruining their fabric, wiring and padding is to dry them on a shape which resembles female breasts. That’s why Bra Dryer is shaped like a female torso.

A very gentle infrared (IR) heat source helps evaporate moisture from the bra fabric while silent fans inside the appliance help remove this moisture.

In short, Bra Dryer will do this:

  1. Dry bras faster
  2. Preserve bra shape
  3. Free your time

… instead of doing this:

  1. Damaging bras (as in conventional dryers)
  2. Taking too long to dry (when you air dry it)
  3. Taking your time (when your dry it with a blow dryer)

One size doesn’t fit all…

That’s why Bra Dryer will come in different breast and chest size variations which you will be able to mix and match. Breast pieces made of silicon rubber are detachable and will come for bra sizes from B to DD. The torso part will come for size couples e.g. 30-32, 34-36 and so on.

PS…

…and no, Bra Dryer is not going to come with an integrated iPod dock or randomly flashing lights.

The 21st century solution to the age old problem of soggy bras is almost here. They are still looking for investors, so feel welcome to send them money. The more you send, the faster this product will hit the Sky Mall catalog. I will say that I was disappointed to read that it won’t come with an integrated iPod dock. Sigh.

43 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: The Bra Dryer”

  1. posted by Lori Paximadis on

    Wow. That’s a weird solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. They’re looking for money? Good luck with that.

  2. posted by Jacki Hollywood Brown on

    Does it come as USB plug in?

  3. posted by Robbin on

    LOL, Jacki. That was my first thought, too.

  4. posted by Matt @ Unclutterer on

    @ Jacki, maybe the Bra Dryer 2.0 will have that capability.

  5. posted by Rue on

    You can buy little mesh bags or plastic holders (which retain the shape) that go in the dryer, and they probably cost less than this thing will!

  6. posted by Tracy on

    I thought that’s what the shower curtain bar was for!

  7. posted by B on

    I use a doorknob and it has worked for me so far…

  8. posted by Bra Dryer « Worthless Blab on

    […] Sometimes I worry for the future of humanity: The Bra Dryer […]

  9. posted by Amanda on

    Most ridiculous uni-tasker yet.

  10. posted by Celeste on

    Repurpose cap washers as bra dryers!

    http://www.organize.com/capwas.....Ggod-w2amg

  11. posted by Tim on

    I bought a Tide BraBaby for my wife (http://www.tide.com/en-US/accessory/bra-baby.jspx) but she was not able to use it, her bras would not fit. I know the idea seems silly, but when you have to pay close to $70 for one bra you do what you can to keep them in shape for as long as possible.

  12. posted by mhb on

    I’m so glad I know about this. I always thought that if one has more than one bra – three bras, for instance – the bra or two that just got washed can hang up over night on the foldable drying rack and be dry by morning. It never felt like it took too long, since I was asleep for most of the time…

    But now I see I’ve been doing it wrong all along. Once this baby has a USB adaptor, I’m in.

  13. posted by christa on

    I let the good old air dry mine.

    Just a note…those plastic “bra babies” that are in the shape of a double ball don’t work. I wasted my money on that. My bra came out of that thing more mangled than if I had just put it in a mesh bag like I always do.

  14. posted by Tabitha (From Single to Married) on

    I’m with commenter “b” – the doorknob is a great bra-dryer!

  15. posted by Mary Sue on

    This article is obviously written by a man.

    The only bras that fit me and keep me from having back problems cost anywhere from 100 to 150 dollars and have structural support (i.e., padding) that takes about two days to air dry in damp weather. I live in Portland, Oregon.

    The high heat of dryers causes warping in the underwire, prematurely ages the elastic, and can melt and distort plastic boning. This isn’t BS from some marketing agency, this is experience.

    If the price point’s right, I’m buying one of these. Unclutterer? No. Frugal? If it extends the life

  16. posted by momofthree on

    To quote a favorite line from a favorite movie:

    I have seen enough to know I have seen too much

    That ladies, and gentlemen, is from A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN…and those poor ladies played baseball in a skirt.

    Good Gravies, what’s next, a jock strap dryer because tossing them over the shower bar ruins the shape-li-ness of the lines in those funny looking things???

    Mama me-a I have several styles of the undergarments to be dried with the unique looking device, as do my own daughters, and we never give a second thought to hanging them from the shower bar or a hanger hung in the hallway.

    Who said that there is a sucker born every minute???
    Would love to see the faces of the people in line behind the first purchaser of this thing…I can only imagine them thinking, What the heck!!

  17. posted by Laura on

    Erin, since mentioning on Twitter that today’s unitasker was probably the funniest you’ve ever done, I’ve been looking forward to today’s post.

    I agree … this and that weird Japanese face mask thingy are top two!

  18. posted by Mac on

    @Celeste Surely one must be generously endowed to make that option work.

  19. posted by Allison on

    Sorry Mary Sue, but you can’t blame the men for this one. I know no women with fewer than three bras, and no women who only wear their bra once before washing it. And many women I know wash them out by hand anyway, so you don’t have to worry about what day is wash day.

    I myself wear much cheaper bras then you do, but they last years and years without a problem using the good old-fashioned wash and hang method.

    Even if your bra takes three days to dry on the doorknob, you should be OK without the do-hicky illustrated above.

  20. posted by Sapphire on

    Wash: Mesh lingerie bag.

    Dry: Shower curtain bar.

    Easy.

    And this is for special order, very spendy bras that have so much structural engineering they should come with a manual.

  21. posted by Celeste on

    @Mac
    True that!

    But the reality is that most of the highly padded bras can be helped to dry a little faster by being placed round side up on top of the dryer while it’s running. My mom did this and so do I. If you have a dehumidifier running in your basement as I do, drying happens all the faster.

  22. posted by Ruth on

    Only up to DD? But I’d think that it’d be only the bras with big cup sizes that would be expensive enough to convince most people that this would be worth buying!

  23. posted by Quill on

    Practicality aside, I’m not surprised to see that once again, a product is geared only for the thinner half of the population. Only up to DD? Guess women who wear larger bras aren’t worth the money they’d presumably spend….

  24. posted by FupDuckTV on

    Yes, this product is “currently” only up to DD. If you have visited the website that is selling this product, you will see that they are currently in “START UP” phase. They are still looking for investors. Depending on the final price, I could easily see this as a product that would sell. Women spend tons of money on their braziers. A product that would help them last longer would be niche, but still useful.

  25. posted by Melissa (oddharmonic) on

    @Quill: “once again, a product is geared only for the thinner half of the population.” Its current range leaves out A cup wearers too.

    But this product is obviously not aimed at me because I simply transfer the mesh lingerie bag into dryer with the rest of my delicate load. In my experience non-latex elastic is less susceptible to heat damage and I don’t wear bras with underwires or boning.

  26. posted by Katie Alender on

    LOL @ Mac–exactly what I was thinking. I’d need to wear much smaller hats for that to work.

    Many dryers now come with a shoe-drying shelf that would work for quick drying of a bra, if it were necessary. (Of course, when not in use, the shoe shelf is a massive piece of clutter, but what can you do?)

  27. posted by Dorothy on

    OK, $70 for a bra????? Am I the only person who did a double take on that comment??

  28. posted by Leonie on

    Dorothy. If you’re the “norm” it’s easy to walk into a department store and get a bra. The best bra I ever had and still have was probably $70 on sale at a speciality store. It was the best fitting bra I ever had, didn’t ride up,just fitted perfectly. I wash it by hand and just leave it to air dry. Even after three years, it has retained it shape.

    When I bought bras from the department store, I ended up buying bras often to try and find that perfect and comfortable fit.

    Yes, it was an uncomfortable amount of money to spend on just three bras – three years ago. But, I’ve not bought any since then and they all still fit perfectly, and are in great (er..) shape.

  29. posted by knitwych on

    Gosh, what a coincidence! I was just thinking yesterday, “I spend an extraordinary amount of time drying my bras. If only there was some type of device specifically designed to dry my bras and save time, my life would be perfect.”

    😉

    Thanks for the laugh, Matt.

  30. posted by catmom on

    OMG!!!! What will “they” come up with next?!

    I’m with you Sapphire, the mesh bag and air drying has always worked for me!

  31. posted by Vanessa on

    Yeah, to me, this would be worthless. I wear a very average size bra, I need no special support of any kind, so I usually just go to my favorite store and get my bras for $10 each. I put them in the mesh bag when washing and drying. When they stretch or distort (which does happen, when I forget about the mesh bag a few washes in a row), it only costs me $10 for a new one. My bras aren’t worth enough to warrant buying that.

  32. posted by Pamela on

    @Dorothy: Bras in my size– when I can find them– cost a minimum of that much (I now order from the UK, which has much better choices and pretty too. But that exchange rate– ouch!). I have always worn a size that was tough to find; my mother was paying $50 a bra for me when I was 13, back in the late 70s. Count yourself lucky that you don’t have to pay that much.

    @Allison: My workout bra is so expensive and so hard to find, I only have one. It takes 2-3 days to dry and I work out 3-4x a week, so even with two it’d still be a problem. There are many days I put on a wet bra, but it is not a nice feeling. I’d rather it be wet after the workout (when the rest of me is!) than before.

    I think this product has the wrong target. It should be for the DD+ girls whose bras take longer to dry due to more fabric, would never go the mesh bag/dryer route cause it ruins the underwires and have a lot of $$ invested in their bras so would spend the money to prolong their life.

  33. posted by Jen on

    As someone who’s bigger than she’d like to be in that area, I agree that this would probably be most useful to people who are DD+ sized. I would hazard a guess that women who need less support are less likely to spend as much on bras, and more like to have enough to wear while the others are drying.

    I’m not saying I’d get it myself given the climate where I live, but if my workout bra wouldn’t dry overnight (eg in Portland), I’d think about it. When the only workout bra that really works costs $70 or more, who can afford four or five?

    Mind you, there doesn’t seem to be any solution (other than buying multiples) for those of us whose cup size increases or decreases (ie with weight loss, pregnancy, time of month).

    To allow for that, maybe they could make it inflatable!

    😉

  34. posted by Nat on

    When I was a costumer, I could totally see this as a must have because we’d have to do laundry at the end of the night and expect items to be dry in 10 hours when we’d be back for the next day. In my real life, I just hang my bras on a plastic hanger on the shower bar. I figure if the bra fits well, the shape will be just fine when I wear it. And yes, I have spent nearly $70 on a bra. I only own about 3 to 4 at a time, thus there’s a lot of laundering. However, they last me at least 5 or more years.

  35. posted by Luisa on

    It really sound like they are marketing towards the wrong group. Women with regular bra sizes don’t need this, A, B, C etc can be bought very cheaply, and most people either hand wash, hand dry or just toss in the machine and replace when necessary. People who would be interested in such product are those who have no other options.

  36. posted by Annie Pazoo on

    Wow – this is fantastic. I think I’d rather wear it than the bra, though.

  37. posted by Productive Pinoy on

    Maybe they should call this “The Terminator Bra Dryer”. Looks tough!

  38. posted by Rich on

    @Dorothy – double take on a bra – hilarious!

  39. posted by QuiteLight on

    I admit I came up with a similar idea once after pulling yet another distorted cup bra off my drying tree. (But I found it hilarious & excessive & laughed it off!) I did use a lingerie bag & air dried like a good girl, but the formed cups still warp a bit (or a lot, depending). Only my 2 $90 CDN bras keep their shape. They are comfortable & look great under clothes, but boring & bland on their own. Can’t have everything, I guess!

  40. posted by CT on

    Actually it makes a lot of sense for some people, it’s not a stupid idea at all. As this forum is about “decluttering” of course it’s going to get negative reviews here, but put it on a forum of people using high quality bras and it would get great reviews.

  41. posted by Lamont Cranston on

    I just hang them on a doorknob until dry.

  42. posted by Jill on

    Wow lol, I just throw mine in the dryer with the rest of my clothes…I always have.

  43. posted by lf on

    I definitely don’t put mine in a dryer — the heat *is* a problem — but instead, I use a spin dryer. It takes out most of the moisture, even from padded bras, and they definitely take easily less than half as long to dry as they would otherwise. I imagine that the spin dryer was less expensive than this gadget, and *definitely* is not a unitasker. (Or at least, it’s more of a multitasker than a regular dryer.)

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