Summer has officially faded, but you don’t want your swimsuits to suffer the same fate! While it may be “Forever Summer” in certain parts of the world, the long lazy days we enjoy so much have come to an end for most of the U.S. Let’s learn to care for those one-shoulder, multi-wear, reversible, strapless, bandeau, one piece, tankini, or bikini swimsuits you’ve been rocking!
Many of us take for granted that machine wash and dry is perfectly acceptable, and never bother to research other ways to care for our garments. Although most suits will have machine washable on the care label, other methods are strongly suggested to help prevent fading and to prolong she retention. Even if the label says machine washing will do, you should avoid throwing your swimsuit into the washer; even the gentle cycle can damage the fabric, and laundry detergents can fade the color! Pool chemicals, high temperatures, body oils, sweat, sand and sunscreen can all wreak havoc on swimwear, but have no fear! We’re here to give you advice from the experts on how to extend the life of your favorite suits!
The gentlest method of care is hand washing. The detergent company, the Laundress suggests gently washing your swimwear by hand. After pre-treating stains, they recommend agitating the suit by hand and leaving it to soak for 30 minutes in a bath of warm water with a capful of their Sport Detergent. Rinse under running water and squeeze (DO NOT WRING OR TWIST) excess water, then lay flat to dry.
Whatever method you choose, one factor is agreed upon by all experts…NEVER, NEVER, NEVER use the dryer! Dryers cause fabric damage and loss of elasticity over time. This is a sure fire way to reduce the longevity of your swimsuits, especially those made with fiber contents containing spandex or Lycra (as most are).
If you are looking for a natural way to clean your swimwear, consider using white vinegar, as recommended by Organic Authority. White vinegar acts as an antimicrobial, as well as an antiviral. It also helps to remove stains and odors, keeping swimsuit colors bright and fade-free. The technique, using 1/4 cup of white vinegar in a sink full of water, is the same as that suggested by the Laundress, however, Organic Authority specifically recommends using a cold water soak.
If you happen to have yellowing of your once bright and crisp, beautifully white swimsuit, Racked suggests soaking it for 1-2 hours in a mixture of a 1/2 cup baking soda and a gallon of cold water. The same rinsing and excess water removal process as the others is advised.
If you choose to ignore all the hand wash recommendations, The Spruce suggests, at the very least using a protective bag, meant for delicate garments and an ultra-mild or spandex specific detergent in the wash cycle.
One last quick and easy tip to help extend the life of your swimwear…If washing immediately after use is not practical, wear your suit into the shower for a quick rinse until you are able to hand wash!
The bottom line is that swimwear care doesn’t have to be time consuming or complicated. With these few simple steps, your favorite piece will stay beautiful, well-fitted and ready for your next tan, swim, or day of relaxation by the pool!