How To Properly Wash Your Waist Trainer

Key Take Aways:

  • Regular washing of your waist trainer is important to keep it clean and hygienic, and to prolong its lifespan.
  • Hand-washing is the preferred method for cleaning waist trainers, as machine washing can damage the garment and its shape.
  • Use a gentle detergent and lukewarm water to hand-wash your waist trainer, and avoid using bleach or fabric softeners.
  • Allow the waist trainer to air-dry completely, and avoid using a dryer or hanging it in direct sunlight.
  • Avoid wringing or twisting the waist trainer while washing, as this can damage the fabric and affect its shape.
  • To maintain the waist trainer's shape, store it flat or rolled up, and avoid folding or bending it.


Your waist trainer will be regularly exposed to sweat, dirt, and heat – all of which can cause bacteria to build up. Once that combination rubs against your skin, it can create tension as you go about your activities, and eventually result in back acne and rashes appearing on your body.

A very important way to make waist training comfortable and hygienic is to regularly wash your waist trainer. We also recommend you invest in more than one undergarment, especially if you are following a daily system. Being able to keep at least two in rotation allows you more time to properly disinfect the other without having to pause your regimen or lose any training days.

How To Properly Wash Your Waist Trainer

Cleaning your waist trainer should be done mindfully as these are delicate garments made of intricate materials. If not carried out attentively, you may end up damaging it in the process. A good practice is to research on the specific material your shapewear is made of to understand the best way to keep it sanitized. However, we have prepared general tips on how to wash your waist trainer in a way that makes it last longer.

Hand Wash (Highly recommended method)

Step 1: Fill a basin with lukewarm water and add a bit of mild cleanser such as baby shampoo, body wash, or mild detergent. Do not use hot water as this can damage the material and lead to discoloration.

Step 2: Pat it down gently to make sure the entire surface gets wet. Then let it soak for 5 minutes.

Step 3: Gently scrub using a soft sponge or a soft cloth. Do not use anything too harsh or hard that can damage the material.

Step 4: Dump out the water and gently rinse the trainer. Let it soak back in the basin in just water (without the mild cleanser) for 5 more minutes.

Step 5: Rinse off all the soap and squeeze out excess water. Do not wring or bend the undergarment as this can break it, especially if you own one with inner flexible steel bones.

Step 6: Let it air dry. It is expected to drip so be sure to hang it outdoors or on top of a towel. Do not iron as this can destroy the fabric.

washing your waist trainer


What about using a Washing Machine? We do not recommend it.

Since the waist trainer is very delicate, it is not recommended to use a washing machine as it has a high chance of breaking it. The hook and eye clasps can very easily get caught inside and rip off, or the inner flexible steel bones can snap and push through the fabric.

If you are absolutely adamant about using a washing machine, please keep these safety precautions in mind:

  • Place the trainer inside a lingerie bag to keep it secured.
  • Only wash it on a gentle cycle using cold water.
  • Never put it in the dryer! This can cause your trainer to shrink down most especially if it is made of or has traces of latex. Once finished, simply follow Step 6 from the list above.

How to safely remove stains?

If stubborn stains will not budge with a soft sponge or soft piece of cloth, try using an old toothbrush – or at least one that does not have very hard bristles. Apply some soap on the brush and gently scrub the undergarment, careful enough not to bend anything while you scour the surface.

How often should you wash your waist trainer?

This generally depends on how often you are waist training and whether or not you wear it with a cotton tank top on.

Keeping up with a daily routine means your waist trainer is constantly exposed to sweat and bacteria, just as your skin will be. To go about your regimen safely, we recommended washing it at least two to three times a week.

If you are wearing a cotton t-shirt or tank top under your trainer, this means your skin will not be irritated as quickly and your trainer will not be exposed to the bulk of your sweat and dirt. In this case, we recommend washing it at least once or twice a week.

How can you allot enough time to clean and still train?

Adjusting your schedule to be able to clean your trainer should be fairly easy if your routine consists of wearing it only every other day. To get results much faster, however, we suggest to keep at it daily and to be consistent with your diet and exercise.

Ease up your regimen by investing in one to three kinds of undergarments that you can alternate throughout your program. Here are our top three picks:

Latex Waist Trainer: This waist trainer is perfect for almost any activity be it a day at work or school, lounging at home, out on errands, at parties and reunions, or even to wear at the gym. It is made of flexible latex fabric that makes it a breeze to move about and still get ample compression. For beginners looking into a trainer that will help them ease into a routine, this one is a great pick!

Gym Waist Trainer: This waist trainer is produced with flexible, thermal, neoprene material that helps you sweat more and get the most out of your workout routine. It is designed to provide support for both your core and back while lifting and performing various other exercises.

Classic Waist Trainer: This waist trainer is best for those who already have some experience in the world of waist training. It is made with inner flexible steel bones that are meant to provide an extra level of compression and sufficient support to your entire abdominal area. Just like its counterparts, the classic waist trainer instantly takes one to three inches off your waist. But what takes it apart from the rest is its ability to aid you in achieving the hourglass figure at a much faster pace.


Since 2016 Hourglass Waist has been delivering high-quality waist trainers across the country of Australia! Helping women find their natural curve and inner confidence through the power of self-care tools such as waist trainers, booty enhancers and shapewear! These amazing products have helped women burn calories and fat around the tummy, waist, hips & thighs. Providing both short and long-term benefits for those who regularly use our products. In the short term, a waist trainer or shapewear can help to instantly smooth out any unwanted fat, giving you a more slimming appearance. Long-term a waist trainer helps to burn calories, providing weight loss and boosting confidence and self-esteem. Easy to conceal, all Hourglass Waist trainers can be worn under any type of clothing, making them perfect to wear when working at the office, in the gym or just chilling at home.

Founded in 2016 by Amber, an ex personal trainer. Hourglass Waist believes in providing the best information on waist training, diet, correct waist trainer sizes & exercise! With a team of health concise & health smart individuals, Hourglass Waist has quickly established itself as the best waist trainer provider in Australia. We currently stock over 6 different types of waist trainers and over 15 shapewear items.

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Author Bio

Hannah - Manager at Hourglass 

Hannah is a certified personal trainer based in Australia. Since 2017 she has inspired women across the nation through honest & educational content. Her dietary and fitness expertise are trusted across the fitness community.