Seems like such a simple task, doesn’t it? Washing your swimwear after a trip to the pool or the beach shouldn’t be hassle, but it is. If you’re anything like me, then you think rinsing your suits off while you’re in the shower is good enough. Wrong! Don’t make mistakes that will ensure your favorite swimsuit doesn’t last until the end of the summer.
Taking extra special care of your bikinis is easy if you follow a few simple steps. But before we get to all that, let’s start at the very beginning. You know those annoying garment care tags on the inside of your swimwear? You probably normally cut them off because they rub against your skin the wrong way. Well, read them. Just like with your lingerie, swimwear should not go in the washing machine. Hand wash only.
Now we’re ready for the wash. Start by soaking your swimwear in cold water using gentle liquid detergent. Go for something without a lot of harsh chemicals and absolutely no bleach. The Laundress Delicate Wash is a great choice or you can even go with the liquid stuff from Trader Joe’s. After the soak, use your hands to move around the garments in the water. Grab a handful and give them a good dunk and scrub. If you find a pesky stain hanging around, pour a bit of detergent directly on the spot and rub the fabric together to get it out. Dunk back in the water to wash away. Now you’re ready to drain the sink. Using cold running water, rinse your swimwear. Gently press the water out of the bikinis and rinse again until the water coming out of them is clear. Ring out excess water or for padded bikini tops pat dry. Lay flat on towel or wooden rack to dry.
A few things to keep in mind to keep your swimsuits in tip top shape. Avoid certain antiperspirants and razor bump cream that can cause bleaching or discoloration on the bikinis. I know it sounds super comfy, but sitting on the edge of the pool may wear down the rear end on your bikini bottom. Try sitting on top of a towel instead. If your swimsuit is made of neoprene, be extra careful not to bend or fold the fabric while washing. Definitely take out any removable padding or inserts before washing and clean those too. When your garments are ready to dry, make sure you don’t put them in direct sunlight.
If you need a refresher, check out How To Wash Your Lingerie. I know this seems like pretty simple stuff, but everyone needs a bit of reminding every now and then. Don’t be lazy like yours truly. Take care of your swimwear so that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on another bikini next season.