Swimsuits are different from regular clothes. Special material such as spandex, also called lycra or elastane are used in the fabric. Typically, 40% polyester is mixed with 60% spandex to manufacture the fabric for swimsuits. Because both the spandex and the polyester are synthetic materials, they are very sensitive to regular detergents. Regular detergents can damage your favorite bikini in a couple of washes, leaving it unusable. Since the bikini season is around the corner, we are here with expert advice on how to clean your favorite bathing suit with home recipes.
Rinse in cold water
To make the wash easier, rinse the bathing suit multiple times in plenty of cold running water and gently squeezing after each rinse. This will help to remove chlorine, salt, and other deposits such as sand particles.
Use hand soap
Since hand soaps are mild, they are perfect for washing bathing suits made with synthetic materials. Dissolve a small quantity of hand soap in a bowl of cold water and soak the swimsuit. Leave it for quick 10 minutes and then hand wash it by gently squeezing and rubbing it inside the water. Do not use an excessive quantity of the hand soap because it is will become hard to remove the soap at the end of the wash by hand. At the end, rinse in plenty of cold running water to remove the soap.
Use baking soda
Fill a bowl or sink with cold water and dissolve a quarter of a cup of baking soda. Let the baking soda dissolve and the soak the bathing swimsuit in the water. Leave it for a couple of minutes and then squeeze and rub it gently while submerged. In the end, rinse with running water.
Use white vinegar
Vinegar has an antibacterial effect. It is also very helpful to remove bad odor. After hand washing your swimsuit, if you feel like there is a bad odor or potentially there may be bacteria still on your swimsuit, you can use white vinegar to sanitize your bathing suit. To do that, add a cupful of white vinegar in a bowl of cold water and soak the swimsuit for a few minutes and rinse in running water.