How to Wash a Bathing Suit


Chlorine, salt water, sunscreen and the oils from your skin are all absorbed by bathing suits. Washing your bathing suit in the washing machine can cause stretching, elastic wear, and also shrinkage. This tutorial will walk you through step-by-step on how to wash a bathing suit the proper way to ensure years of wear!

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How to Wash a Bathing Suit

For a bathing suit that lasts... Follow these 6 steps:

Posted by eHow on Saturday, April 29, 2017

Things You'll Need

  • A tub or sink
  • Castile Soap (gentle or scented will work)
  • Cold water
  • Dry towel

Step 1: Add two tablespoons of Castile soap to two gallons of cold water.

Swish the water around to incorporate the Castile soap.

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Step 2: Wash your bathing suit.

To get your bathing suit nice and clean, gently massage the soapy water into your suit. If you have any stains on your suit from food or sunscreen, you can use this stain remover.


  • Do not pull or stretch your suit during washing, or you could break and stretch the bathing suit's elastic.

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Step 3: Rinse your bathing suit in clean, cold water.

Rinse your bathing suit in cold water, moving around until all suds are removed.

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Step 4: Gently press as much water as you can from your bathing suit.

Use your thumbs and fingers to press as much water out as possible. Make sure to press the water out of any padding as well.


  • Do not wring out or twist your bathing suit to remove water, or you could stretch and break your suit's elastic.

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Step 5: Roll your damp suit up in a dry towel.

Lay your bathing suit flat, and roll up in a clean, dry towel. Press the towel gently to help absorb any moisture from the suit.

(Image: Jessica Kielman)
(Image: Jessica Kielman)

Step 6: Lay your bathing suit flat to dry on a towel.


  • Hanging your bathing suit can cause stretching and misshaping of the suit.

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