Binder Care & Safety Information

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If you have requested a binder from us, you will receive a copy of this information via email, or as a paper copy with your binder if you request it.

Binder safety information

The chest binders we provide are purpose-made for long-term chest binding, and are safe if used correctly. Follow the following points to ensure you stay safe while binding:

  • We wash binders before posting them, but please wash your binder before putting it on for hygiene reasons.
  • Never sleep while wearing your binder.
  • Where possible, do not bind for more than 8 hours per day.
  • When first using your binder, listen to your body. You may only be able to bind for an hour or two to begin with, until your body adjusts to it.
  • Avoid strenuous sport & exercise when binding. Where possible, use a less tight method of binding when doing so, for example a sports bra.
  • If you have athsma and/or other respiratory conditions, take extra care when binding, as doing so can reduce your lung capacity.
  • IF YOU FEEL SICK, LIGHT-HEADED, DIZZY OR OUT OF BREATH, REMOVE YOUR BINDER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

If you are in doubt about how long you can wear your binder at any given time, it is usually best to air on the side of caution.

With responsible use and good care, this binder may last you many years with no significant impacts on your physical health.

Binder Care Information

Any binder you receive from us should last you for years with good care and responsible use. Please observe the following few guidelines for caring for your binder.

  • Wash your binder regularly in cold water, avoiding harsh cleaning substances.
  • If machine washing, use a gentle cycle.
  • Do not use bleach.
  • Dry flat – do not wring.
  • If tumble drying, do so on a low heat setting.
  • Do not iron.

How to put on your binder

Hold both straps of the binder and step into it. Pull the binder up to chest level and slide your arms through the armholes. Adjust for comfort.

If you have difficulty with this method, you can also put on your binder like a tank top, over your head.

It is easiest to put on your binder when your skin is dry – attempting to do so immediately after a bath or shower will likely be more difficult.

Observe how your body reacts to the binder, and try to ensure you wear it responsibly.

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