You may not think you need to wash your swimsuits—after all, you’re swimming through the water with them on, right? Wrong. Swimsuits get dirty just like any other piece of clothing, so you need to know how to get them clean after each swim. Here’s how to wash swimsuits the right way.
Washing a swimsuit doesn’t need to be a drawn-out affair. Follow these steps and you’ll have it clean asap.
When you swim in pools, you need to wash your swimsuit after each use because of the chemicals used to keep the pools clean. If you don’t wash the suit, those chemicals are likely to lead to an unpleasant odor—and they may “eat away at” the suit, as well. The sooner you wash the suit, the more effective the wash will be.
But what about when you swim outside in a natural body of water? You might not have those same chemicals to deal with, but now you have other dirt involved. Mud, salt, algae, seaweed—there are plenty of other elements that you’ll want to wash away before you wear the suit again.
If you shook your head earlier when we mentioned washing your suit by hand, take a moment to consider what such a simple process involves.
First, you’ll need to collect cool water in some sort of basin, such as a bucket or a sink with a stopper. Then, as you’re filling it with water, add an appropriate amount of detergent, like WIN Sports Detergent. Use your hands to scrub the suit and move it around in the soapy water. Manually wash the suit, tending to any spots that need extra attention for a few minutes. Then rinse and hang to air dry. That’s all there is to it!
When you purchase a new swimsuit, you absolutely should wash it before you put it on. You don’t know how it was handled before it got to you or how many other people tried it on. Play it safe and give the suit a proper washing right off the bat.
One last important “swimwear care” tip: pay close attention to the parts of your swimsuit that may get caught or tangled in a washing machine (netting, straps, accessories, etc). These issues are more common with women’s swimsuits than men’s, but check your suit either way. For suits with protruding decorations or lots of straps or ties, you can contain and protect them by using a garment bag. Also, as we highlighted above, it isn’t difficult to wash your swimsuit by hand, so that might be the best option for these sorts of suits.
The right detergent is an essential weapon in the battle against stinky swimsuits. If your current laundry detergent just isn’t getting the job done, consider making the switch to WIN Detergent, which is made specifically to clean synthetic materials. With a bottle of WIN Detergent in your laundry room, you’ll always have the perfect option for washing your swimsuits, along with your other activewear items. Order a bottle today and experience the difference for yourself!