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Can I wash My Swimsuit in the Washing Machine?

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 that is not always the case. With a limited amount of time in a busy world, we have come up with a few tips before you start…

Do Not Use Detergent

Harsh detergents can damage the colour of delicate spandex swimwear. Instead, use a little bit of mild dish soap or opt for a speciality detergent or you can simply use some plain old white vinegar which is known to deodorize, lock in colour and fight mildew.

The Towel Trick

If you machine-wash 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!

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.

Always Hang Dry!

While machine-washing your suit may be okay, do not 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, do not hang it in direct sunlight as the colour fades. So keep it out od direct sunlight.

It is advised to hand wash your swimsuit however, it may be okay to put it in the washing machine. Nevertheless, please check your label carefully before you do this.