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Want to Take Better Care of Your Swimsuit? Here’s How

Want to Take Better Care of Your Swimsuit? Here’s How

You invested in the perfect swimsuit for the summer. It looks fantastic and highlights your body in all the right places. But now that you have it, how do you care for this clothing you spent so much money on?

While you can throw your swimsuit in the washer and dryer, it reduces how long your suit lasts. But by following the steps we’re about to show you, your swimsuit will last and maintain its shape and color longer. Let’s get started!

Taking care of a swimsuit
You need to take good care of your swimsuit after every trip to the beach

How Do You Care for a Swimsuit?

This guide will cover how to wash, dry and treat a swimsuit in-depth, but here’s a quick overview.

Step 1: Rinse your swimsuit in the shower after leaving the pool to remove the chlorine and chemicals.

Step 2: When you get home, treat any stains, then hand wash your swimsuit in cold water.

Step 3: Lay your suit out to air dry your swimsuit so it doesn’t lose its shape.

How Often Should You Wash Swimsuits?

You should wash your swimsuit every time you use it. Skipping washing lets bacteria, chemicals, and salt build up in the fabric and degrade it quicker. Plus, nobody likes putting on a dirty swimsuit.

Washing swimsuits
Washing swimsuits by hand is best

How to Wash a Swimsuit

Washing Swimsuits by Hand

For best results, wash your swimsuit by hand to protect the fabric.

Step 1: Rinse your suit in cold or room-temperature water when you get home.

Step 2: Fill a sink or bathtub with cold water and a small amount of gentle detergent. Add the swimsuit and let it soak for thirty minutes.

Step 3: After soaking, massage the detergent into the fabric to remove any leftover dirt. Then rinse again with cold water until the detergent is gone.

Washing Swimsuits by Machine

If you don’t have the time to wash your swimsuit by hand, you can use a washing machine by following these steps to protect the suit.

Step 1: Rinse the swimsuit in cold water to begin removing chemicals and other residue.

Step 2: Put the suit in a mesh lingerie bag before putting it in the washer to prevent snags.

Step 3: Wash with gentle detergent on the delicate cycle.

Drying a swimsuit
Using a drying rack helps your swimsuit keep from stretching

How to Dry a Swimsuit

Don’t put your swimsuit in the dryer, hang it up to dry, or wring it out. All of these will deform your suit, meaning you have to replace it sooner.

The best way to dry a swimsuit is to let it air dry. After washing, roll your swimsuit in a towel to press out excess water. Then lay it across a drying rack until all the moisture has evaporated.

Treating Sunscreen Stains on Swimsuits

Sunscreen, especially natural ones, can leave unsightly stains on your swimsuit. If you find one, try one of these methods to treat them before you wash the suit.

The Vinegar Method

Put white vinegar directly on the stain to treat it. Let it soak before rinsing out the vinegar and washing normally.

The Baking Soda Method

The other option is to use baking soda to treat the stains. Sprinkle it on the spot, let it sit for an hour or two, then wash.

Taking proper care of your swimsuit helps it last all summer and beyond. It might take a little extra time, but it’s worth it when your suit remains vibrant and in good condition for years.

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