can I wash my swimsuit?

In an ideal world, we would all rinse out our chlorine or saltwater-soaked swimsuits immediately after coming back from the pool or beach. But I know I’m not the only one with limited time on my hands to deal with delicate clothing items. Sure, I know the proper way to care for my swimsuit. But do I always stick to it? Not exactly. So after I recently found myself Googling, “Can I put my swimsuit in the washer?” I figured I’d share my research with all of you. The truth is that I’ve been machine-washing my swimsuits for many years now. But after investing in a couple new ones this summer, I figured I could at least find the very best way to machine-wash my bathing suits while still preventing them from fading or getting all stretched out. Keep scrolling to hear my best tips for keeping your summer swimsuit in tiptop shape…

Skip the Spin

It goes without saying that if you do choose to machine-wash your swimsuit, you should stick with a cold, gentle wash cycle. But some washing machines also allow you to go a step further and skip the spin cycle altogether. If you put your swimsuit in a mesh bag and skip the spin, this will be practically as gentle as hand washing it in the sink would have been.

Don’t Use Detergent

Harsh detergents can damage the color of delicate spandex swimwear. Instead, use a little bit of mild dish soap or opt for a specialty detergent like this one from The Laundress. In a pinch, you can also use some plain old white vinegar, which is known to deodorize, lock in color, and fight mildew.

The Towel Trick

If you are machine-washing your swimsuit, you can also add towels into the load to fill it out. The towels will provide extra padding, protecting your suit in the process. Plus, you might as well get your pool or beach towels clean at the same time!

Always, Always Hang Dry

While machine-washing your suit may be OK, don’t put it in the dryer. Excessive heat is the quickest way to ruin your swimsuit, as it weakens the elasticity of the spandex. Twisting or wringing out a swimsuit can stretch out the material as well, so be patient and let it drip-dry. If you hang it outside, protect the color from fading by making sure it is not in direct sunlight. If you really hate slipping on a damp suit and need it to dry ASAP, try using a blow-dryer on the cool setting.

There you have it! I hope these tips come in handy…

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xo Ilana
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