Thank goodness it’s swimsuit season! Time to break out our favorite water wear and relax under the sun. The only thing that could put a damper on swimsuit season is worn-out swimwear; is there anything more frustrating than a swimsuit losing its perfect fit in the laundry? Keep your favorite swimwear in tip-top shape with these laundry how-tos:
- Rinse it ASAP
Right when you’re done taking a dip in the pool or riding the ocean waves, rinse out your suit in clean water. Doing this will wash away any lingering sunscreen, chlorine and sea salt. Make sure to rinse it out right after use!
- Air dry only (but not in the sun!)
Putting your precious swimwear in the dryer will only stretch out the delicate elastic where it can eventually lose its flattering shape. Air dry your bathing suit in shaded areas on a flat surface. Avoid drying in the sun so your suit’s colors don’t fade!
- Clean with Delicate Detergent
Treat your suits to Grab Green Delicate Laundry Detergent for a soft and gentle cleaning. To take extra care of your suits, we recommend hand washing with the Delicate Laundry Pods. No sunscreen streaks or rough chlorine left behind-- just a soft touch with an amazing fit.
Pro tip: For those who prefer to machine wash, put your bathing suit in a mesh washing bag or pillowcase to help minimize the risk that the suit will tear, stretch, or twist around the machine.
- Set your machine to “cold wash” and “delicate”
Wash the suit on the delicate, cold cycle, together with a pair of towels or other delicates to help protect the suit from over-agitation.
- Use a baking soda or vinegar stain-remover
We expose our suits to the wear and tear of summertime-- sunscreen, food, yummy poolside cocktails, finger foods. If you find unwanted stains on your suit, don’t panic! Just sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda directly onto the stain and let it to sit for one to two hours before washing gently as directed above. You can also soak the bathing suit in one part distilled white vinegar and three parts warm water before washing.
- Just say no to bleach
Bleach causes discoloration and damage and should not make contact with your delicate swimwear. Also, swimsuits should not be ironed. If wrinkling occurs, simply dampen the suit slightly and they should fall out. If you really want to achieve a deep clean try a Bleach Alternative instead. Safe for colors, Bleach Alternative is amazing as a laundry booster in the wash and when used as a pre-treater. And the best part, it’s non-toxic and gentle on your clothes and skin
- Store it on a flat surface
Store your suit on a shelf, in a lined box, or even in a shoe box. This helps preserve the shape of the suit all season long.