- Rinse your swimsuit – using cold tap water, rinse your swimsuit as soon as possible each time you wear it. If time permits, let it sit in cold water for 30 minutes. The soak will help to remove most chemicals, body oil, sand, & sand that can damage the material.
- Drain and Refill the sink – plain water does not remove all chlorine and salt. Refill the sink with cold water and add 1 teaspoon or less of gentle liquid laundry detergent. If you’re in a pinch, you can use a dap of shampoo, but nothing with conditioners in it.
- Immerse your swimsuit – turn your swimsuit inside out and submerge it in the solution. Swish around for several minutes, drain the solution and rinse again with cold water.
- Remove excess water – once rinsed, gently squeeze the water out of the fabric. Do not wring it out as it can damage the shape.
- Dry your swimsuit – spread your suit out flat to dry in the shade or inside. Do not leave in the sun, the UV rays will fade and break down the fibers of the suit.
Washing your swimsuit:
- Instead of taking off your swimsuit to rinse, just wear it in your post-swim shower
- Avoid powder detergents, it may not dissolve completely or rinse away well
- Never use chlorine bleach to whiten or treat stains on your swimsuit
- Distilled white vinegar can be used as an emergency substitute detergent for hand-washing your swimsuit
- If possible, wear an older suit in a hot tub or rinse out your suit as quickly as possible. Hot tubs offer a double whammy of excessive chemicals and high heat that will fade and stretch a suit out very quickly.
- For frequent hot tub use, choose a suit that is 100 percent polyester or chlorine resistant. Cotton and natural fibers will not hold up in the chlorinated water.
Storing your swimsuit:
- Don’t hang up our swimsuit, as it will stretch out the fibers.
- Store your swimsuit flat when it is completely dry – any moisture can lead to mildew
- Storing for the season? Put your swimsuits in a fabric garment bag. Plastic bags can be a breeding ground for mildew and bacteria.