summer tips: how to wash your swimsuit

With the hot summer months in full swing, you’re probably searching for a way to cool off. Summer would not be the same without throwing on your favorite swimsuit and catching some rays, whether at the beach, the lake, or even in your own backyard! Between things such as pool chemicals, sand, salt water, high temperatures, and sunscreen, your swimsuit can really take a beating. Whether you end up wearing your swimsuit for just one day or every day of summer, it is important to know how to properly wash and take care of your swimsuit. Keep reading to learn the best ways to keep them looking good all season long! 

How Often Should I Clean My Swimsuit?

It is often suggested that you wash your swimsuit at least every three to five wears. However, if you have been swimming in chlorinated water, it is suggested that you wash the swimsuit immediately after. If not washed, the chlorine can eat away at the swimsuit, degrading the fabric. 

Even if you do not plan on fully washing it, it is also recommended to simply rinse the garment in fresh water to help improve the fabric’s longevity. After rinsing or washing, leave your swimsuit out to air dry. 

Can I Put My Swimsuit in the Washing Machine?

The majority of bathing suits are very delicate and require hand washing methods. It is suggested that you only use a washing machine to wash your swimsuit if the manufacturer’s recommendations indicate that it can be washed in a washing machine. 

If your swimsuit is approved for machine washing, ensure that you use the cold setting and a gentle detergent; this helps to prevent any additional wear on the garment. You can also use a mesh laundry bag to help contain the suit; this ensures that none of its parts get tangled or caught in the washing machine. 

How to Wash a Swimsuit by Hand

To hand wash a bathing suit properly, it is always recommended to first look at any instructions on the care label. Begin by filling a sink with lukewarm water and adding approximately one teaspoon of a gentle detergent. Turn your swimsuit inside out. Use a soft-bristled brush and the laundry detergent to gently scrub any areas that may have stains. Empty the water and refill the sink with cool, clean water. Gently squeeze out the water and leave your swimsuit to dry in a spot with good air circulation. 

Although your swimsuit should come with specific washing instructions on the label, it is important to remember these helpful tips for washing swimwear by hand. 

  • Always rinse your swimwear after wearing it. You can even do this in the shower, as long as you avoid any body wash or shower gels! 
  • After removing your swimsuit, rinse by hand in cold water to help remove any chlorine or salt water. 
  • Hang to dry in the shade or inside. Ensure that it is fully dried before wearing it again. 
  • Spas and heated pools have extra chemicals that can shorten the life of your swimwear, so be careful. 

Avoid These When Washing a Swimsuit

  • Do not leave your swimwear rolled up in your towel after use; this can loosen the fibers and allow the chlorine to have more time in the fabric, as well as allow bacteria to form. 
  • Avoid using a high-temperature iron because this can cause your swimsuit to disintegrate. Using water should allow any creases to fall out. 
  • Even if your swimsuit is chlorine resistant, refrain from using chlorine bleach to clean. 
  • Do not put your swimsuit directly in the sun to dry, as it can cause fading. 
  • Do not put your swimsuit in the dryer. The heat from the dryer weakens the elasticity of the spandex. 

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