Now that it's finally spring, you're probably planning on being in a swimsuit for part (or most) of the warm-weather season, so it's probably a good idea to ask yourself if you really know how to wash your swimsuits. I know it sounds like it's idiot-proof, but you want your swimsuits to last as long as possible, so it's important to take proper care of them. These swimsuit washing hacks will help you survive beach season with everything in tact so that you're good to go for next year — you don't want to have to buy a whole new set of suits next season.
When it comes to laundry, I'm guilty of throwing everything into two categories: whites and darks. But obviously, that's completely lazy, and you have to consider the type of garment you're washing in addition to what color it is. Just like you would wash your lingerie and delicates in a special way, you also have to take that extra care with your swimsuits.
Of course, buying new swimwear each year is great if there's a new style or something that you want, but you don't want to have to buy new suits out of necessity. These seven swimsuit washing hacks will help you take better care of your suits to make sure they last as long as possible.
1. Hand Wash Whenever Possible
Treat your swimsuits like lingerie and hand wash them when you can. Rinse with water, add soap and gently rub, then rinse the soap out. Easy, peasy.
2. Use A Neutral Detergent
Woolite Delicates, $4.42, walmart.com
You don't want to use anything too harsh, so stick with something more gentle.
3. Buy A Laundry Bag
Lingerie Wash Bag, $4.99, bedbathandbeyond.com.
If you don't want to take the time to hand wash them, buy a mesh laundry bag and put your swimsuits in there before tossing them in the washer (on a gentle cycle, of course).
4. Don't Dry In The Sun
Hang or lay your suits on a towel indoors to try. If you let them dry in the sun, the color will fade.
5. Grab Your Hair Dryer
Sand stuck in your suit? You don't have to wash it. Instead, grab your blowdryer and blow the sand out on a cool setting.
6. Rinse After Swimming
You don't necessarily have to wash your suits every single time you go to the beach. If they aren't dirty or stained, just rinse them in water immediately after you get home. Chlorine and salt water can fade color or cause mildew. Gross.
7. Blot Stains
If you have a stain, blot it with cool water to try to get it up instead of washing your entire suit. However, if the stain is dry and you pick at it, you could remove some of the fabric dye along with it, so leave it alone until you can hand wash it.
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