How to Wash a Bathing Suit

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Bathing suits are unlike any other garments. They are made differently from other articles of clothing and are often composed of unique materials. Swimsuits are also worn under conditions in which other garments are rarely exposed. Proper washing is essential to keep suits vibrant and to increase their durability.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning products
  • Rinse your swimsuit with cool water before you wash it with a cleaning solution. Take it off, put it in a sink for several minutes and then rinse with flowing water for an additional few minutes.

  • Wash your bathing suits with cleaning products that are made specifically for swimwear.

  • Wash your bathing suits by hand. Never put a bathing suit in the washer, as the agitation will break down the material quickly. While hand washing takes a little more time and effort, it is worth it to keep your favorite suits in tip-top shape.

  • Dry your swimsuits naturally. Air-drying a flat-laid suit will help maintain the shape of your bathing suit and eliminate undue stress on the material. Do not stretch your suit across any device while it dries. Also, do not let the suit air dry in the sun.

  • Avoid using the bathing suit "wringers" available in many lockers rooms. These machines will get out extra moisture from your suit but are very rough on the material. These machines have been known to snag suits and ruin elasticity. Once you finish swimming, rinse your suit and place it in a drip bag. Clean it as soon as possible and lay it out to dry.

  • Remove stains from a bathing suit by washing it in Bio-OX Citrus Concentrate. You can obtain this product from the official Bio-OX website (see Resources below).

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear your older suits while swimming in chlorinated pools and save your favorite suits for when you just want to lounge. This will eliminate the problem of washing out chlorine from your best suits.
  • Never put a swimsuit in a dryer. Repeated mechanical drying will ruin the elastic in your suits.
  • Never allow your bathing suit to dry without cleaning the chlorine out of it. Suits can become brittle and faded quickly if you adopt this practice.
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