Swimwear can be a pretty big investment, some high-end labels hawk suits for upwards of $200 and they’re constantly exposed to things like chlorine, sun, sand, sweat, and SPF, making the delicate fibers susceptible to serious wear-and-tear. However, when it comes to understanding how to wash a bathing suit, there seems to be a great deal of mystery and mixed information.
1. Rinse it out with tap water.
While your swimsuit doesn’t need to be washed with detergent each time you wear it, it should be rinsed in cool tap water every time you take it off after swimming or sunning. This removes most of the sunscreen, dirt, sweat, and chlorine.
2. Add detergent after a few wears.
You’ll want to add a little detergent after a few wears, so turn your bathing suit inside out and add a tablespoon or less of liquid detergent to a filled sink. Swish for a few minutes and then rinse well.
3. Don’t wring it out like a madwoman.
Never wring out or twist your swimsuits! Gently squeeze the water from the suit, and lay it flat to dry.
4. Don’t lay them in the sun.
Contrary to popular belief laying bathing suits in the sun to dry can actually fade the fabric and break down the delicate fibers in your swimsuit, so dry it indoors or in the shade.
5. Remove pesky stains with baking soda or vinegar.
The best trick is to apply your SPF before you shimmy into your suit and let it dry, but if you happen to get sunscreen, food or strawberry daiquiri stains on your swimsuit, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda directly onto the stain, and let it to sit for one to two hours before washing gently as directed above. You can also soak the bathing suit in one part distilled white vinegar and three parts warm water before washing.
6. Use the machine at the end of the season.
You never should use a machine to wash bathing suits, but there is one exception: At the end of the summer or the end of your vacation before you store your suit. It’s okay to wash it in lingerie bags on the machine’s gentle cycle with a bit of Woolite, but only after many wears. However, if your bathing suit has any type of sewn-on embellishments, skip the machine altogether.
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