Raise your hand if you look forward to swimsuit shopping. Anyone? Yeah, I’d pretty much rather get a root canal. Which is why taking care of your swimsuit so important. Because when you find one you love, you want it to last forever, right? Here are 6 tips for making a swimsuit last all summer – and for many summers to come!
1. You need at least two suits
Good swimsuits might be hard to come by, but you need to keep at least two, preferably three, in the rotation. Wearing the same suit everyday will cause it to stretch and fade that much faster. Treat your suit like your bras and give them a day to breathe before wearing again. (The ModCloth swimsuit above is my favorite so I bought the same style in several color combos.)
2. Rinse after every wear
Even if you didn’t hit the pool, you need to rinse off the salt, chlorine and sunscreen out of the fabric. Swimsuit designer Malia Mills suggests hopping in the shower with your suit on. Use a bit of body wash to lather it up, then rinse well with warm water.
3. Always hand wash
Much like bras, the agitation cycle on the washing machine is bad news for swimsuits. When it’s time to wash soak your suit for 15-30 minutes in a sink full of lukewarm water with a capful of liquid detergent designed for delicate fabric then rinse thoroughly.
4. Use vinegar in a pinch
You can use use vinegar instead of detergent for its deodorizing and antibacterial properties, says Lindsey J. Boyd, co-founder of the all-natural detergent line, The Laundress, in Real Simple. Add 1/4 cup to a sink full of water. Don’t have either? Just give the suit a good rinse in fresh water.
5. Dry right
Swimsuits don’t belong in the dryer; the heat and all that tumbling will break down elastic, underwires, etc. Instead, lay it out flat. Avoid hanging it over a line or by the straps (you’ll stretch things out) or out in direct sun (you’ll fade the color).
6. Wear your cheapest suit in the hot tub
The ladies on The Bachelor must go through a lot of swimsuits because hot water and strong chlorine will quickly take their toll. Find a cheap suit and reserve it just for hot tub nights.
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