How to Make Adhesive Bra Sticky Again?

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Stick-on bras are adhesive bras without straps or bands, handy for wearing backless or strapless outfits. They’re the secret weapon for rocking backless, strapless, and plunging neckline looks with confidence. But over time, even the most reliable adhesive bra can start to lose its stick. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with tips to revive that clingy hold! 

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First, let’s look at why your sticky bra’s adhesive can degrade. The main culprits are oil transfer, sweat, residue build-up, and general wear and tear. Our body’s natural oils can break down the adhesive over time, as can excess moisture from sweat. Dust, dirt, and makeup residue left on the cups also reduces the stickiness.

Repeated use causes the adhesive to lose its maximum tack. Just like other clothing with elastic, sticky bras have a lifespan where the material eventually wears out from stretching and re-sticking. Storing your bra improperly can accelerate this process too.

washing adhesive bra

Cleaning the Sticky Bra

Before you can reactivate the adhesive, you need to clean the adhesive bra. Start by removing any obvious buildup, lint, or fuzzies stuck to the adhesive surface using a lint roller or masking tape

Then, use a cotton ball or pad soaked in rubbing alcohol or an adhesive remover solution to completely degrease the cups.

Go slowly and apply some elbow grease to dissolve any stuck-on grime or makeup stains. Make sure to check both sides of the bra cups. Once clean, allow the adhesive bras to fully air dry before moving on to the next step.

Reactivating the Adhesive

With a clean, residue-free surface, you’re ready to reactivate that sticky grip! One highly effective method is to apply gentle heat. Take a hairdryer and blow it on the low, warm setting directly onto the adhesive area for 15-20 seconds. 

Most stick-on bras are designed to be reused multiple times. Be sure to follow the specific care instructions provided by the manufacturer for best results.

If those methods don’t fully restore the bra’s stick, it’s time to look at replacing the adhesive. One option is double-stick tapes for this purpose. Carefully peel off the existing adhesive cups and apply the new sticky tapes according to package directions.

nipple cover in 2 different sizes

If you have a silicone adhesive bra, there are a few additional tips you can follow to ensure it sticks better.

Proper Application

  • Clean your skin: Before applying the sticky bra, make sure your skin is clean, dry, and free of any moisturizers, oils, or lotions that can interfere with the adhesive. 
  • Adjust the positioning: Make sure the sticky bra is placed correctly on your breasts, ensuring that it provides proper coverage and lift. Adjust the positioning as needed to achieve the desired look and feel. 
  • Press firmly: Once you have applied the sticky bra, press firmly on the edges and the center to secure it in place. This will help the adhesive to adhere better to your skin. 
  • Warm up the adhesive: If the sticky bra is not sticking well, try warming up the adhesive by rubbing it between your hands before applying it. This can help activate the adhesive and improve its stickiness. 
  • Remove gently by peeling away, not tugging upwards.


  • Wash regularly with mild detergent (avoid machine washing which can be too rough).
  • Air dry completely before re-applying.


  • Store in a cool, dry place between uses (avoid heat and humidity that can break the adhesive).
  • Consider a cotton liner between cups to prevent sticking.

There will come a time when even reactivated adhesive just won’t stick anymore. If you find yourself constantly readjusting and re-sticking the bra, or areas are refusing to adhere at all, it’s likely reached the end of its usable lifespan.

Most quality sticky bras will last anywhere from 6 months to a year with regular use and care. But the exact timeline can vary based on factors like your body chemistry, how often you wear it, and whether you properly prep and store it.

Signs it’s time to buy a new sticky bra:

– Cups won’t re-stick no matter what you try

– Adhesive is crumbly or melting off

– You can see cracking or degradation in the adhesive

– The bra itself is stretched out and ill-fitting

Don’t try to force an old, unsticky bra – you’ll just get frustrated and lack the support and shaping you need.

different kinds of sticky bras

How long does a sticky bra last?

The longevity of a sticky bra can vary depending on the brand and quality of the adhesive. On average, a well-maintained adhesive bra can last for multiple wears, typically ranging from 10 to 20 uses. To maximize the lifespan of your sticky bra, follow the care instructions provided by the sticky bra manufacturer and take care when handling and storing the bra.

Can you wash sticky bras?

While it is possible to wash sticky bras, it is important to do so carefully to avoid damaging the adhesive. Avoid using harsh detergents or scrubbing too vigorously, as this can weaken the adhesive and reduce its stickiness.

How to wash an adhesive bra?

To wash an adhesive bra, start by gently removing any adhesive inserts or padding from the bra cups. Hand-wash the cups with mild soap and warm water, taking care to avoid soaking the adhesive surface. Rinse thoroughly and air dry the bra cups away from direct heat or sunlight to maintain the integrity of the adhesive.

How to store a sticky bra?

When not in use, store your sticky bra in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Avoid folding or creasing the adhesive surface, as this can affect the stickiness of the bra. For added protection, place the bra cups in a breathable storage bag or container to prevent dust or debris from accumulating on the adhesive.

There’s no doubt that sticky bras open up so many more wardrobe possibilities than regular bras! With the tips here, you can keep your adhesive bras last longer.

From reactivating the stick with heat to replacing the adhesive, a little maintenance goes a long way. And remember, taking care in how you apply, remove, wash, and store your sticky bra makes all the difference. With the right tricks, you can rock that plunge neckline or backless dress with seamless, uplifting confidence!


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