How to Remove Stubborn Stains from Your Swimwear

How to Remove Stubborn Stains from Your Swimwear

One of those annoying things you find on your favourite piece of swimwear – a stain! First things first, you need to take into account several factors such as the texture and fabric of the swimwear. Always read the care instructions or you may end up doing more harm than good, unfortunately.

Pre-Treat Stains 

Use a spot-treat solution and work it into places that require more attention: straps, ties, underarms area, the edges along a bikini top and the waistband. Stain removers are great to remove stains from the swimwear. However, it is best to first test stain removers on the swimsuit to make sure that the colour doesn’t bleed.

Soak & Wash

Mix warm water with a capful of enzyme enriched detergent and soak your swimsuit for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water and leave to dry. For tougher stains, go over them with a soft toothbrush and repeat the process.

Tips for specific stains:


Yellow stains – Usually caused by sunscreens and chlorine, these unsightly yellow stains are the most common stains on swimwear. White vinegar is a natural whitener and stain remover. Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into a bucket. Add 1.5 litres of warm water to the bucket and soak the swimwear for an hour in the mixture. Rinse off with cold water. Selecting the right sunscreen with no chemicals can also help in reducing stains on swimwear.

Tanning Oil stains – Dishwashing detergent does the trick to remove tanning oil stains. Squirt a generous amount on the oil stain, rub it in gently with your fingers to work the soap in and let it sit overnight. Wash with cold water and repeat the process if the stain is still visible.

Chocolate stains – Chocolate ice cream melting under the scorching summer sun is probably the main culprit for this! The safest way to remove chocolate stains from your swimwear is to spot-treat with a stain remover. Follow on with your regular hand washing process.

Alcohol stains – The best way to deal with alcohol stains would be to wash your swimwear with detergent in the hottest water that its fabric can handle (check labels). Soaking the swimwear in 1 teaspoonful of pre-soak product will make everything simpler. This also works for tea and coffee stains.

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